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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

2009 Pontiac G6 (Page 1 of 2)

CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2009 is starting to have the same problems as previous model years, including the headlights blowing out due to bad connectors.

The wiring harness connections aren't a big deal to replace, as long as your dealer or mechanic doesn't charge you an arm & a leg to "diagnose" the problem.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,227 miles

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2009 Pontiac G6 seat belts / air bags problems

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2009 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Oct 172016

G6

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owned a 2009 Pontiac G6. While driving 50 mph, the contact attempted to avoid an object in the road. As a result, the vehicle drove into a ditch and rolled over several times. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Moultrie, GA, USA

problem #24

Sep 212016

G6

  • 86,000 miles
The air bag light and the tire light both come on (not necessarily at the same time) for no apparent reason when car is started, the car is not moving at this time. There is also a "service air bag" and service tire monitor" warning on the radio display. This does not happen every time the car is started. Also, if the lights, etc. Do not come on when started, they do not come on while driving, only after turning off and restarting the car. This would appear to be a safety issue as I understand that when the "service air bag" and air bag light is on, the air bags and possibly the seat belts are disabled. I think this should be a safety recall.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #23

Sep 012016

G6

  • miles
Just purchased a G6 and several recalls have been issued for 2009.

- Malden, MO, USA

problem #22

May 202016

G6 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. While driving 45 mph, the service traction and service ABS. Traction control, ESC and stability control warning indicators illuminated. The dealer was unable to determine the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 104,000. Updated 07/12/16 updated 08/03/16.

- Watson Town, PA, USA

problem #21

Apr 042016

G6

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. When the vehicle was started, the air bag light illuminated and an "air bag failure" message appeared. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer where it was diagnosed that "the sensor was out" and replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 130,000.

- Ironton, OH, USA

problem #20

Jan 152016

G6

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while the vehicle was parked, the passenger side air bag warning indicator illuminated. The contact drove the vehicle to the dealer and the diagnosis was that the passenger side air bag system needed replacement. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Roseville, MI, USA

problem #19

Jul 252015

G6

  • 125,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Car traveled off the highway, hit two tress and rolled over and no air bags deployed. (per pictures police report and testimony)

- Ashtabula, OH, USA

problem #18

Jun 082015

G6

  • 77,000 miles
The contact owned a 2009 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact lost consciousness and crashed into a ditch. The air bags failed to deploy. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact sustained facial and rib cage injuries that required medical attention. A police report was not filed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 77,000.

- Milford, NE, USA

problem #17

Mar 032014

G6

  • 79,000 miles
I purchased car new in 2009 and have had problem after problem starting with exhaust system just weeks after I got it. It has had 3 recalls but I more are due. The headlights started going one after another and at one time all front lights were out at the same time. I had them repaired with new connector. Currently, the left headlight is out again and a new headlamp and another connector was installed and still will not stay on. Other owners I have spoken with have the same problems that I am having. But what can we do? I've been experiencing power steering going out occasionally for no apparent reason what so ever. There is a recall but my car is not covered under the recall although there were 2009 models that were. I was told my VIN number wasn't included in the recall. The air bag alert stays on. I had it diagnosed along with the seat belt alert and both need to be replaced. The seat belt sensor module needs to be replaced in the passenger seat. My rear door locks don't work and that's electrical problem. I feel the car manufacturer knew these problems existed and should be held accountable for selling these death traps. With all these serious problems, I can't grasp why GM don't take responsibility for all this and get them off the rode. I and other motorists are not safe while I'm still driving this car. Do the right thing GM and recall all 2009 Pontiac G6 and make them safe.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #16

Jun 062014

G6 6-cyl

  • 7,200 miles
Lights on the car starting coming on the air bag lights stay on now and will not go off.the heater in the seats also stopped working.and now when I turn the steering wheels there is a grinding sound.I thought it was the cv axles replaced, and it did no good.it continues to make the grinding sounds when I turn, and its hard to turn the steering wheel at times it locks up.the electric systems seems to act strange with lights blinking on the dash board sometimes.many times I have trouble starting the car and have had the starter checked out and they cannot find a problem, when it does this all the lights start flashing.once I was driving in the mountains at a speed around 45 miles an hour and my car completely cut off on top of the mountains.

- Roxboro, NC, USA

problem #15

Apr 032015

G6

  • 85,630 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 50 mph, the front passenger side air bag warning light illuminated intermittently without an occupant present. The failure also recurred when the front passenger side seat was occupied. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 85,630.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #14

Sep 152014

G6

  • 132,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6 GT. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start. The contact had the vehicle jump started and the air bag warning light continuously illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the battery needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure persisted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 132,000.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #13

Feb 032015

G6

  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. While driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle crashed into the rear of a second vehicle causing significant damage to the front end. The contact indicated that during the incident, the air bags failed to deploy. The contact's face struck the steering wheel causing serious facial injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. No further information was available. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed and the manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 83,000.

- Lansing , MI, USA

problem #12

Jan 012013

G6

  • 75,000 miles
My 2009 Pontiac G6 had approximately 75,000 miles when the air bag light first came on. In the beginning, the light appeared intermittently and seemed to be linked to a sensor malfunction in the passenger seat. Certain seat positions and passengers (weight?) could fix the problem but only for the duration of the ride. Over a period of many months to a year, the service air bag light would intermittently click on. Eventually, the light came on and it is now on every time I drive. This type of repair is very expensive and I was told the cost would be a minimum of 400$, without replacing the actual air bag if necessary. On another visit at GM for a recall, I was told the distributor for these air bags may have sold faulty equipment to more than just GM. I was told to report this so that the government and GM would know. I am hoping that upon your investigation, GM will commit to a recall for the air bag system. In addition, air bags should be covered under a power train or extended warranty (like how rust is covered) as they are an integral part of passenger safety. My car has never been in an accident, flooded, set on fire, stolen, or had any work on interior seating of electrical system. I never spilled anything in the interior or had anything in the car that could "pull wires" or cause any foreseeable damage.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #11

Oct 022014

G6 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
My vehicle hydroplaned on rain slick highway. Started to spin, cut across 2 lanes of traffic. Rear passenger side bumper hit concrete shoulder divider, causing my vehicle to become momentarily airborne and rollover twice before finally coming to a stop, facing oncoming traffic. My vehicle was equipped with numerous airbags and not even one of them deployed.

- Macomb, MI, USA

problem #10

Aug 042011

G6

  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the air bag warning light continuously illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the side air bag module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 15,000.

- Watertown, MA, USA

problem #9

Aug 032014

G6

  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and failed to respond without warning. As a result, the contact crashed into a deer and the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was taken to the a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the brakes and the ignition needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The failure mileage was 48,000.

- Columbia , KY, USA

problem #8

Feb 062013

G6 6-cyl

  • miles
As I was driving around a curve another vehicle was on my lane heading the opposite direction as me so I turns quickly to avoid collision and I lost control of the brakes and wheels. Upon impact with a light post no air bags on my side came out.

- Bridgeton, NJ, USA

problem #7

Jun 022014

G6

  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 125,000.

- Clarkrange , TN, USA

problem #6

Jul 282014

G6

  • 87,000 miles
The contact owned a 2009 Pontiac G6. While driving 40 mph down a steep hill, the contact crashed the vehicle into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact stated that the failure may be related to NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000(electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The driver sustained injuries. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000.

- Mannington, WV, USA

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