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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

2009 Pontiac G8 (Page 2 of 3)

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,466 miles

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2009 Pontiac G8 seat belts / air bags problems

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2009 Pontiac G8 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #25

Nov 042013

G8 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles

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

Air bag fault light made its appearance. It is an unfair burden to those of us who bought one of GM's 36,000 miles cars.

- Parkland, FL, USA

problem #24

Jun 142009

G8 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G8. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph attempting to engage the brakes, the vehicle jerked and veered to the left without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the rotors and calipers needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. However, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 36,000. Updated 12/19/14 updated 09/28/2015

- Dora, AL, USA

problem #23

Sep 052014

G8

  • 75,000 miles
My 2009 Pontiac G8 GT with 75,082 miles starting having the air bag fault light show up during startup of the vehicle. This fault stayed illuminated at all times. I researched this fault on the internet, including Pontiac forums, and found that there was a significant amount of other Pontiac G8 owners that have had a similar fault. I found that the majority of the findings on the internet stated that the issue was the passenger presence module and/or sensor. On 6/18-/4, itook my G8 to the dealership for analysis. The dealership found that the failure was the passenger presence module (pn#92225595). The air bags in the vehicle will not function with this current fault.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #22

Sep 012014

G8

  • 52,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G8. The contact stated that the air bag light continuously illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for a diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 52,000... updated 10/27/14

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #21

May 052014

G8

  • 61,698 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G8. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminated intermittently on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 61,698.

- Bath , MI, USA

problem #20

Jul 242014

G8 6-cyl

  • 45,920 miles
As I turned my vehicle on 07/24/2014 the air bag fault came on haven't called the dealer yet but have read the other complaints and seems there are starting to become more and more problems with this safety issue. Just wonder how many others that don't actually file a complaint and just have it fixed at a very high price as seen on the complaints. Will be calling the dealer today.

- Laveen, AZ, USA

problem #19

Jun 182014

G8 8-cyl

  • 71,235 miles

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

My 2009 Pontiac G8 GT with 71,082 miles starting having the air bag fault light show up during startup of the vehicle. This fault stayed illuminated at all times. I researched this fault on the internet, including Pontiac forums, and found that there was a significant amount of other Pontiac G8 owners that have had a similar fault. I found that the majority of the findings on the internet stated that the issue was the passenger presence module and/or sensor. On 6/18-/4, I took my G8 to the dealership for analysis. The dealership found that the failure was the passenger presence module (pn#92225595). The air bags in the vehicle will not function with this current fault. The cost to repair the issue quoted by the dealership is $850.

- Strongsville, OH, USA

problem #18

May 172014

G8

  • 51,748 miles
I started my car and the airbag fault light is on. I did some research on this and I see mamy mamy people are having the same problem. I am not spending over a thousand dollars on a problem GM supposedly fixed with a recall already--how convenient the warranty is expired. Perhaps since so many people have the same complaints GM will do another recall and fix this for us.

- Cary, IL, USA

problem #17

May 102014

G8 8-cyl

  • 49,800 miles
Airbag fault comes on with a vehicle chime on the instrument panel. The light blinks a few times then stays on the screen for a random amount of time. This is not the first time it has happened. At this time I was driving on a local road around 45mph with no acceleration. I heard the chime and airbag light come on. It went a way after several minutes then came back on again for no reason.

- Madison Heights, MI, USA

problem #16

Nov 122013

G8 8-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
Our 2009 Pontiac G8 GT with 54,000 miles starting having the air bag fault light show up during startup of the vehicle. This fault stayed illuminated at all times. I researched this fault on the internet, including Pontiac forums, and found that there was a significant amount of other Pontiac G8 owners that have had a similar fault. I also found on the internet that there was a large amount of GM products that has the same fault. I found that the majority of the findings on the internet stated that the issue was the passenger presence module and/or sensor. On 4-22-14, we took our G8 to the dealership for analysis. The dealership found that the failure was the passenger presence module (pn#92225595) and passenger presence sensor (pn#92220398). The air bags in the vehicle will not function with this current fault. The cost to repair the issue quoted by the dealership is $1,193.94. I decided to speak with GM customer representative via phone. GM customer service responded to my concern with a negotiated cost down to $500 + tax. I do appreciate the reduction in cost but feel that this is a known safety issue and that there is alot of history on this issue since 2007 (per the internet research) and I feel that this issue needs to be corrected immediately.

- Rogersville, TN, USA

problem #15

Apr 072014

G8 8-cyl

  • 41,361 miles

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

The air bag fault light came on in our 2009 Pontiac G8. The car has only 41,000 miles. Why would air bag system fail" it has no accidents and low miles. Took to dealer "quality Chevrolet in escondido California to have the codes read as my reader would not display them. Dealer said they would diagnose it for $115.14. Dealer kept it two days as they said they were too busy with GM ignition key recall and didn't have time to read the error codes. The second day, dealer said "bad news", you will need to pay us an additional $1,041 to replace the passenger seat presence module. Total would be $1,156.14. They said all of the air bag system won't work while you have this error code. This is crazy. A safety system like this should not fail and it should not kill all the other air bags. I asked dealer for error codes and part number. The error codes are U0170 loss communication with passenger presence and B0081 passenger presence system. The part number is GM #92225595. I checked the internet and the price for new module from a GM parts seller with 1 year warranty is $262.50. I checked the web NHTSA and other sites and this failure is very common for this Pontiac G8 vehicle. It should be covered by GM for free as a recall or warranty. Plus, it should not disable all the other air bags in the vehicle. This is negligent and unsafe. Plus, the dealer is taking huge profit on replacement fee. It took me 10 minutes to remove the module from under the passenger seat. Why would the dealer "quality Chevrolet in escondido California" be so greedy on safety item and charge $1,156.14 for replacing a $262.50 part that takes only 10 minutes to remove and 10 minutes to replace and 10 minutes to calibrate or program" this is pure greed and dealer is simply capitalizing on this major safety issue.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #14

Apr 022014

G8 8-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
I was going over tsb and recalls and noticed there was an update for the airbag. Here is where the fun starts! my wife schedules an appointment with our local dealer and takes it in for the software flash. All good right? wrong! the service tech told her she needs to have the airbag module and sensor replaced at the tune of $1200 bucks and now a airbag light is constantly on. I told my wife to contact GM customer service, which she did last Wednesday (04/02) and was assigned a case id and case worker which she explained the issue too and was told she would be called back with in 24 hours.. well guess what, haven't heard back yet. She has made numerous attempts to contact them with no calls returned.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #13

Mar 032014

G8 8-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
I purchased my G8 GT brand new in Feb. 2009. In 2012 I had my passenger seat air bag light come on. I was aware of a recall and brought it to the dealer where I purchased my vehicle. They said that the problem was not part of the recall but as a one time courtesy they will fix it. The light went off and I felt save driving my car. Well, March of 2014 my air bag light came on again. Now a different light. The first light said passenger side air bag. This time it says air bag fault. Again, I feel very unsafe driving my vehicle with this light on. I take it to the dealer where I purchased my vehicle again, and they inform me that it is not part of the recall and it will cost me $800 to replace whatever module that is broken. How many modules make up the compression of the air bag and how come air bag safety no matter which module or light isn't part of the recall? in addition to the air bag problem I also had problems in 2009-2011 with the sway bar bushings and mounts, front suspension, and a bad harmonic balance, lastly rotors warped often. I paid a lot of money for this car and expected maintenance for this vehicle to be costly at some point but not the safety equipment that GM should make sure is flawless before mass producing a death trap.

- Upper Darby, PA, USA

problem #12

Mar 102014

G8 8-cyl

  • 31,453 miles
When my wife was driving our son to daycare the SRS airbag light came on in our 2009 Pontiac G8 with only 31K on it. We brought it a local dealer and they read the codes and they came back as U0170 and B0081. Told us it will be over $400 for parts and around $300 in labor since this is not covered under the powertrain warranty which the car still has as this time. We would be stuck paying for it. These items should not wear out and is a safety issue that GM knows about and has done nothing about it. Since this SRS light is on it makes the car unsafe to drive as it shuts the airbags off that are mandatory since 1998. Now with the state inspection coming up soon (not sure if it passes with the SRS light on) the car will have to continue to sit here in the driveway as it is unsafe to put my wife & son in until he have a extra $900 to fix the problem. GM should have a recall on this as they know of the problem its not a handful of cars its hundreds.

- Brewster, NY, USA

problem #11

Jan 022014

G8

  • 23,478 miles
After hearing about fellow G8 owners experiencing an air bag fault light, I was not surprised to see my light come on after starting it last week. I have the dreaded passenger presence module fault codes B0081 and U0170. I know that GM had previous air bag issues and had a recall on the G8 and I had that recall done as soon as I was able to. I would like to see GM look more into this problem because I hear more and more owners are having this pop up with their cars. This is a serious safety issue as now I don't drive my car until I can get this fixed. I called the dealership and found out that this would be totally on me to pay for this correction. I thought safety related issues should be under a warranty no matter what. I have been told that GM knows there is a problem because when I go to order the part that is required, the part number has been changed to a higher/different number than the original. This clarifies that not only does GM know which part to replace to solve the issue, but they created a new and updated module to solve the issue; clarifying that they do acknowledge there is a faulty part.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #10

Dec 022013

G8

  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G8. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where the technician stated that the front passenger's seat air bag system would have to be replaced and reprogrammed. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 11V534000 (air bags) but was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 49,000.

- Greenley, CO, USA

problem #9

Jul 122013

G8

  • 72,000 miles
I have an drivers side air bag failure issue, have had it at the dealer and they tell me that a missing clip is causing the air bag to malfunction. I have seen that I am not the only one with this issue. I fear that the air bag could blow up in my face as I'm driving down the road at 65 mph!! the only thing the dealer has to offer is replace the airbag at $1100. I believe this is a safety issue and GM should take care of their problem.

- Auburn, IN, USA

problem #8

Sep 182013

G8 8-cyl

  • 41,826 miles
When I got into the car to go to work, the SRS airbag warning light came on, flashing and did not go off. I took it to the dealer a few days later and was given the codes U0170 and B0081, which apparently point to a defective passenger presence module. The purpose of this module is to sense if there is a passenger or not. Apparently, since this module is bad, it threw the above codes and disables all airbags. In the event of an accident, no bags will deploy until this is fixed. I have just found out that this is a known issue with GM vehicles and upon further research, there are many reported issues with this. Since this has been a federal requirement since 1998, this should be an issue that is covered under a recall if the car is out of warranty, as the sensors are not a normal wear item. While there has been no accident yet, this car is not safe to drive and with it being a known issue, GM should recall all vehicles with this issue.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #7

Sep 072013

G8 8-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
While driving around a curve, a deer ran out in front of the car and we swerved to miss it and ran off the road down into a deep ditch and hitting a drain tile. The entire front nose of the car is destroyed, the hood, and driver side front fender and door. None of the air bags deployed, causing my husband to hit the steering wheel and bust the windshield with his head. I had my seatbelt on but was injured also. Had my airbags deployed the way they are supposed to, these injuries may not have occurred at all. I now have a car that is more than likely totaled and hospital bills where we went to see a doctor the next day.

- Hartsville, SC, USA

problem #6

Sep 102012

G8

  • 40,000 miles
I have a concern about the air bag system on my 2009 Pontiac G8. It has a sensor on the passenger seat which send a signal to the air bag module to deploy if a person is sitting on the seat. If there is no person sitting there, it will not deploy the passenger air bag. The issue is that the sensor stopped working. So now because of a sensor that is under the passenger seat, all the airbags on the car will not deploy if I get into an accident. I feel that such a system should not fail so prematurely. My car has 45000 miles on it, and as you know its not everyday that a passenger sits on that seat. Also, this is not an isolated incident. Many other Pontiac G8 owners have had this happen to them. But because it happened early on their vehicles they were repaired under warranty. So did not filed a complaint. Please look into this as I feel my safety is jeopardy.

- Houston, TX, USA

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