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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,940 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Pontiac GTO seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Pontiac GTO Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 082010


  • 36,709 miles


Was driving car on the freeway at aprox 75 mph hit a patch of ice and lost control spun out in circles, hitting the guard rail causing it to roll 3 times car ended upside down I hit steering wheel and seriously hurt my back no air bags deployed.

- Eagan , MN, USA

problem #2

Mar 062012

GTO 8-cyl

  • 110,110 miles
The passenger restraint system (safety belt) does not retract and instead is fully extended providing no security or restraint in the event of an accident, . I have reviewed similar complaints filed and I can assure this Agency that my belts have no "soft drink spills causing the system to become inoperable". instead the internal spring lock device of the belt itself is retained in place by a plastic disk and is, in my opinion, a faulty and inferior design.

- Crivitz, WI, USA

problem #1

Aug 022005

GTO 8-cyl

  • miles
The first complaint prompted me to do research and I find more complaints of 2004 Pontiac GTO's on various forums and websites with major front damage and no air bag deployment that resulted in injury, including a hairline crack in a ladies skull. One specifically a silver 2004 GTO which was totaled from the front and the driver suffered a broken nose as per his post. As I continued I found several others. Then there were others that had minor to moderate front end crashes with a 2004 GTO and the airbags did deploy. Where the bags did not deploy it was reported to be traveling at speeds from 25 - 40 mph and the same with deployment. They never mentioned a complaint to NHTSA but maybe its because they don't know there were multiple occurrences. The point of this complaint is to improve the safety of the operators and passengers of these vehicles.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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