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NHTSA — Air Bags: Frontal Problems

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,291 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.

1998 Pontiac Grand Prix seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #13

Dec 272008

Grand Prix

  • 179,786 miles

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

My 17 year old son was driving on ice and started to slide and he slid into a ditch. No damage was done to the outside of the car, he was driving approx. 15 mph and once the car was pulled out of the ditch it was driven the rest of the way home. Both airbags deployed, the passenger side deployed w/ such force that it shattered the windshield and the drivers side had enough force that it hit my son in the face hard enough to shove his head into the headrest.

- Green City, MO, USA

problem #12

Apr 072002

Grand Prix

  • 65,000 miles
SRS air bag light illuminated on dash. Dealer diagnosed (for $85) that driver's side air bag unit needed to be replaced at cost of $1100. Car never in accident. Light just stayed on one morning on start.**** dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over from artemis****760791.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #11

Apr 212003

Grand Prix

  • miles
The air bags deployed without impact.

- Beech Grove, IN, USA

problem #10

Apr 012002

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

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

Air bag light stays on. Scanner says do not drive. Passenger side air bag. Called GM and they said there are no recalls on air bags. I noticed that there was a similar problem with the 1999 air bags on drivers side. Has anyone else had a complaint? the air bags should have a lifetime warranty.

- Queenstown, MD, USA

problem #9

Jun 182002

Grand Prix

  • miles
While driving 30-35 mph consumer's vehicle T-boned another vehicle. Upon impact, front air bags did not deploy. Contacted dealer, and dealer could not find cause of problem.

- Nixa, MO, USA

problem #8

Feb 112002

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • miles
While driving 40mph was involved in a collision, and airbags failed to deploy.

- Hattisburg, MI, USA

problem #7

Dec 122000

Grand Prix

  • miles

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

I was stopped in traffic when struck from behind by a car traveling well in excess of the 35 mph limit who never touched his brakes. Upon impact I was driven into a truck stopped about 7 feet in front of me. My car was declared totaled by his insurance company with major damage to the front and rear. Neither of my air bags deployed. I sustained a left shoulder/arm and left side neck injury which I started treatment on the next day. Treatment has hopefully completed as of surgery on 7/16/2001 to remove dics, repair vertebrae, and place a titainum plate in my neck except of course 6-8 weeks of recovery from the surgery. In addition to medical cost, I, due to this accident have been not allowed to work for all but about 6 weeks in the 7 months since the accident and of course the 6-8 weeks left. I feel had the air bags deployed I would have not received any of the injuries I suffered. When this failure was addressed to the Pontiac dealer it was stated that evidently the impact was not enough; that I doubt based on test I have seen and the damage to my car.

- Conover, NC, USA

problem #6

Oct 201999

Grand Prix

  • miles
I have had two car accidents. In both accidents the air bags did not come out and the seat belts offered no protection either. The design of the neck restrain allowed my neck to go back causing severe injury to a disc. If the saftey system failed one time I wondered. But failed twice the car or design has problems. When first purchasing my car they had to replace the shifter when I bought the car. Again I am having the same problem will not shift out of park.

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #5

Jun 261999

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No deployment of air bags when vehicle hit a tree and rolled over causing drivers chest to hit the steering wheel and become bruised. Nlm

- Iuka, MS, USA

problem #4

Jan 221999

Grand Prix

  • miles
Car was traveling approx.35-40 mph and hit two stopped cars. Airbags did not deploy and seat belts did not lock up, causing driver to hit steering wheel suffering from concussion and acute herniated C5-6 in neck. An accident report was filed with manufacturer and the company fixing car did not understand why the airbags did not deploy.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 221999

Grand Prix

  • miles

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

Car was traveling approx.35-40 mph and hit two stopped cars. Airbags did not deploy and seat belts did not lock up, causing driver to hit steering wheel suffering from concussion and acute herniated C5-6 in neck. An accident report was filed with manufacturer and the company fixing car did not understand why the airbags did not deploy.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 131998

Grand Prix

  • miles
While driving 20 mph driver's and passenger's airbags deployed, causing injuries and loss of vehicle control. There was no frontal impact or warning light. Manufacturer stated it was not the consumer's fault, but could determine the problem. Please provide further information and VIN #.

- Linn, MO, USA

problem #1

Sep 131998

Grand Prix

  • miles
While driving 20 mph driver's and passenger's airbags deployed, causing injuries and loss of vehicle control. There was no frontal impact or warning light. Manufacturer stated it was not the consumer's fault, but could determine the problem. Please provide further information and VIN #.

- Linn, MO, USA

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