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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,800 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.

2001 Pontiac Grand Am seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 062015

Grand Am

  • 79,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. While driving 45 mph, the vehicle accelerated without warning. The contact depressed the brake pedal and the vehicle failed to stop. The contact rear ended another vehicle and the air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained chest and left knee injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent lot. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 79,000.

- Houma, LA, USA

problem #4

Oct 152014

Grand Am

  • 99,000 miles
The contact owned a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. While driving 30 mph over a pothole, the vehicle spun out of control and crashed into a guardrail. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and the driver did not sustain any injuries. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The approximate failure mileage was 99,000.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #3

Dec 242011

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • 142,000 miles
Car started shutting off while being driven on numerous occasions. Car was evaluated by GM dealer and another independent auto repair shop, neither could determine why car was shutting off, GM dealer technician stated possible ignition switch problem on 11/22/2010. On 12/24/2011, the Pontiac Grand Am 2001, was being driven and ignition shut off causing the car to hit an unoccupied parked truck. Car lost power steering and could not avoid the accident. Car flipped on its top, injuring the driver of the car. Airbags did not deploy. Car was total loss. Have all documentation to confirm claim.

- Beatrice, NE, USA

problem #2

Mar 152006

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles
The day after the car was in for recall on the hazard switch the wire leading to the horn, cruise control and drivers airbag became bound up and have shorted out at the clock spring. Horn and cruise control inoperative, I assume the airbag is inoperative as well.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 042004

Grand Am

  • 53,000 miles
It was hard for the consumer to start the vehicle, but once started the air bag/security light illuminated. The light stayed on the remainder of the time the vehicle was being operated. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Houston, TX, USA

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