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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
16 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
22 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,599 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.

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2004 Pontiac Grand Prix seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #20

Apr 122016

Grand Prix

  • miles

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

Hit a bridge head on. Air bags didn't deploy

- Trafford, AL, USA

problem #19

Oct 092015

Grand Prix

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving approximately 75 mph, there was an abnormal noise and the steering wheel seized. In addition, the brake pedal was depressed but was stiff and failed to respond. As a result, the vehicle flipped twice and landed into a ditch. When the contact exited the vehicle, it was discovered that the engine was off. The vehicle failed to restart. The air bags did not deploy. The contact stated that the driver sustained a hand injury that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The vine was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V4000000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Plains, TX, USA

problem #18

Feb 262015

Grand Prix

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving 55 mph, the engine stalled. The vehicle spun out uncontrollably and crashed into a ditch. The air bags failed to deploy. The driver sustained injuries to the neck, back, and both legs. The front passenger sustained injuries to the neck and both legs. The rear passenger sustained injuries to the back and both legs. The rear passenger sustained injuries to the back and neck. Medical attention was required for three occupants. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The contact believed the crashed was related to the recall. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Toledo , OH, USA

problem #17

Feb 152015

Grand Prix

  • 157,000 miles

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

The contact owned a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving at 60 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. As a result, the contact lost control of the vehicle, crashed into some leaves, and slid sideways down a hill. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained soreness in the back and knees that did not require medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was 157,000.

- Keysville, VA, USA

problem #16

Jan 182015

Grand Prix

  • 128,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that while driving at 55 mph, the vehicle veered to the left and the contact lost control. As a result, the contact crashed. The contact did not disclose what the vehicle crashed into and the air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained injuries to the ribs that required medical attention. The rear passenger sustained an injury to the face and the left ankle that required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 128,000.

- Bedford , IN, USA

problem #15

Nov 142014

Grand Prix

  • 156,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving 35 mph, the ignition switch moved independently from the run position without warning. As a result, the vehicle struck a curb and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained a neck injury that did not require medical attention. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was 156,000.

- Bladensburg, MD, USA

problem #14

Oct 302007

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • miles

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

2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall and airbags did not deploy during accident. The consumer stated she slammed on the brake, to avoid hitting some tires, that were on the highway. Her vehicle stopped moving completely and everything went dark on the inside. As a result, she was rear ended. The consumer was injured in the accident. Updated 10/29/15.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #13

Sep 192014

Grand Prix

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. As a result, the vehicle crashed into a wall barrier. The air bags failed to deploy. There were no injuries reported and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system), but it was not confirmed if the vehicle was included in the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #12

Dec 152012

Grand Prix

  • miles
Son was driving car and hit another car head on. He received concussion and broken foot. He is not sure what happened to cause him to go left of center, air bags did not deploy and car was totaled. This was actually 2nd time car veered off for no reason. First time car hit a curb and blew a tire. No explanation as to why this happened, then car was drove until the serious head on crash, now that recalls are being made public about ignition issues, we feel like this caused both wrecks.

- Milford, OH, USA

problem #11

May 122014

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 165,256 miles
I was pulling into my drive way and my power steering went out. On a separate occasion my blower motor would not switch off I had to remove the battery cables in order for it to shut off. When I had it looked at the blower motor resistor had burn marks on it. And I was lucky to have it replaced as it could have caused a fire. The car over heats when the heating system is not working despite having a new water pump replaced. I was slow on my street and the key had fallen out of my ignition and the car shut off I was not going very fast and I was on my street but it was scary as I had to try to pull the car over in order to try and restart it. This vehicle says it has many recalls but when I place my VIN in the GM website it says nothing. My air bag light is on and I feel as though my car may not deploy the air bags in a crash.

- Farmington Hills , MI, USA

problem #10

Nov 052012

Grand Prix

  • 118,230 miles

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

I rear ended a pick up truck head on at 35 mph my air bags did not deploy which caused me to hit my face and chest on the steering wheel.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #9

Sep 252011

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
I flipped my Pontiac Grand Prix a 2004 model. I flipped several times the car ended up right with the front end in a rock wall everything on the car was smashed in except where I was sitting. The air bags failed to deploy.

- Roundhill, KY, USA

problem #8

Jan 222011

Grand Prix

  • 147,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving approximately 35 mph the contact crashed into a metal bridge abutment. The air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was towed to a salvage yard. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact and passengers suffered minor bruises. The approximate failure mileage was 147,000.

- Watertown, TN, USA

problem #7

Dec 252010

Grand Prix

  • miles
My car had over $5800 damage to the front end yet the air bags did not deploy.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #6

Oct 012007

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving approximately 40 mph, the contact crashed into a tree. The vehicle was destroyed and the air bags failed to deploy. She filed a formal complaint with the manufacturer. A police report was filed. The contact was injured and has pictures. The current and failure mileages were 80,000. Updated 02-14-08. The consumer stated she missed a curve and the over corrected and crashed into a barbwire fence. A representative from GM informed the consumer she wasn't traveling fast enough for the air bags to deploy. Updated

- Mexico City, MO, USA

problem #5

Nov 102007

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving 25 mph, the contact had a seizure and crashed into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. Both the passenger and driver were injured. A police report was filed and the vehicle was towed. The dealer and mileage information and fuel type were unavailable.

- St. Germain, WI, USA

problem #4

Dec 152006

Grand Prix

  • miles
Purchased veh in O6, as soon as I drove it off the lot the airbag warning lite came on. Called dealer they agreed to take a look at it, prior to appointment I also noticed the horn didn't work. Car is sent to dealer to be looked at they said that the lf airbag sensor was bad. They replaced it and claimed to have fixed the horn as well. The horn still don't work the strike position seems to move around and only works once and a while. And now only 2 months after replaceing the sensor the lite is back on. Took it back and they have no clue as to why.

- Shelton, WA, USA

problem #3

Jul 052005

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
I was involved in a car accident on 7/5/05. I attempted to brake in order to avoid hitting a car. I slammed on the brakes but my car just kept going and going. It must have continued for about 50 feet. I feel if my brakes would have worked I wouldn't have hit the car. It's like my brakes only partly worked. I just bought the car 3 months ago and was not aware of the recall on the brake system. I will look into that. Another thing, I was told that since no one was in the passenger seat, the air bag should not have deployed. The passenger airbag engaged and broke my windshield.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #2

Jun 262005

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
2004 Pontiac, grand pre GT, consumer was side swiped by a deer, causing the vehicle to run into a ditch and hit a 4 foot covet. Then the vehicle rolled over the front air bags and side air bags failed to deploy. The seat belt failed to catch on the front driver's side. Vehicle was totaled.

- Monticello, AR, USA

problem #1

Jun 172005

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,500 miles
Contact states: The horn works intermittently. Dealer has replaced the air bags and then the wires, ans it still malfunctiones.

- Norwalk, OH, USA

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