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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

2006 Pontiac Solstice (Page 2 of 6)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,384 miles

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2006 Pontiac Solstice seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Pontiac Solstice Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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problem #88

Mar 052016


  • 35,000 miles


Passenger side airbag apparently is inoperable as dashboard indicator light is now always off, indicating that there is no passenger when in actuality my wife is sitting in the seat and seatbelt buckled. This has occurred often over the last 5 years but now it always is "off". however, now, the red airbag warning light is lit, also along with the check airbag message. According to several Solstice forums on the internet, this seems to be a common problem with many Solstice and sky owners. I firmly believe that GM should recall these vehicles and fix them asap as this is a safety problem. The red light and check airbag message came on while driving down a highway, and stayed on for the duration of the ride. And every time we use the vehicle these warnings come on.

- Zephyrhills, FL, USA

problem #87

Oct 222015


  • 83,000 miles
Passenger side airbag warning light came on @83,000. GM should fix this as a recall considering all the of the same complaints I'm seeing !!

- Gautier, MS, USA

problem #86

Oct 262015


  • 89,775 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Solstice. The contact stated that the service air bag warning indicator illuminated and remained illuminated. In addition, the passenger side air bag would independently activate even when the passenger seat was unoccupied. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 89,775.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #85

Jan 042016


  • 71,200 miles


Service airbag light came on, I took the vehicle to an auto shop, they said they have heard of this problem and said it should be a recall item but so far GM refuses to accept responsibility. I believe this is a very real safety issue and sooner or later someone will be hurt or killed. The repair of the passenger presence sensor costs about $800.

- Royse City, TX, USA

problem #84

Jan 052016


  • 14,000 miles
Passenger seat air bag sensor has gone bad for the second time. Only lasted about three years. About 80% of the time there is no one setting in the passenger seat.

- Monroe, LA, USA

problem #83

Dec 012012


  • miles
The vehicle passenger airbag seat sensor is defective. The vehicle has only 40K original miles but the sensor failed just after the 36K mile ended. The sensor is poorly designed and the dealer wants 900 to replace it. I have see hundreds of other owners with this same problem.

- Macomb, MI, USA

problem #82

Jan 012016


  • 96,000 miles


Passenger side airbag sensor malfunctioned, giving error on dashboard. Researched error to find this is a very common problem that occurs frequently and the expensive repair is reported to be very temporary.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #81

Jul 012014


  • miles
Passenger airbag sensor failed. Dealer quoted cost to repair is nearly 10% of what vehicle is worth.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #80

Dec 062015


  • 25,000 miles
The air bag sensor in my vehicle failed shortly after logging 25,000 miles. The failure indication happened at slow speed while turning left onto a bumpy road. Any passenger in the car faces added risk if an accident were to occur. It is my understanding that the owner's cost to fix this item is prohibitive ($800 or more), and that the early failure of this part is somewhat common for this vehicle. Discussing this with other owners, I understand this is a common failure and the expensive fix only temporarily solves the problem. I understand this can lead to a deployment failure or an unexpected air bag deployment. This is an unreliable safety critical component that has no place in a passenger vehicle.

- League City, TX, USA

problem #79

Nov 242015


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Solstice. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the air bag warning light illuminated. In addition, the warning chime sounded which indicated that the seat belt was not latched. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #78

Sep 152015


  • 76,000 miles


Pontiac Solstice passenger presence sensor has failed thereby causing a failure of the passenger airbag system and the continual illumination of the airbag failure light.

- Owens Cross Roads, AL, USA

problem #77

Jun 102015

Solstice 4-cyl

  • miles
Dear NHTSA csr, I am filing this complaint because it appears GM is ignoring a critical safety issue. Please review the complaint I filed with GM below and additional information. Dear GM csr, on August 27, 2015 I had my 2006 Solstice in for service at rentschler, slatington, pa. The issue is the passenger side air bag is not activating for my wife but does for me. She weighs 119 lbs. Rentschler reported passenger side air bag working fine. I asked what is weight of person that sat in passenger side seat? they indicated a male tech. I stated works for me also but not for my wife. They said they would have one of their girls (robin) try. They then were able to duplicate the problem. Robin weighs 110lbs. The rentschler service person then shared they called GM and were told by GM that the air bag activation sensor is working within normal parameters. I find this difficult to believe. The air bag sensor worked fine for my wife from the year I purchased the vehicle in 2006 until approximately 3 months ago. This seems like a serious breach of safety protocol when air bag is not being activated for a 119lb adult. I did not argue with rentschler since they contacted GM, felt most expedient to contact GM. Sincerely, [xxx] in summary, the air bag sensor indicator worked fine for nearly 9 years then suddenly it stopped working. GM / rentschler claim the airbag sensor working within normal parameters. This just seems like a very serious breach of safety protocol. I cannot believe that a 119 lb adult would not activate the airbag sensor and be protected by the air bag in the event of an accident. Coincidentally the problem started after the ignition switch changed per recall. I am not saying this does or does not have anything to do with the airbag / airbag sensor issue, just noting time frame of events. Regards, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Palmerton, PA, USA

problem #76

Aug 252015


  • 102,864 miles
When starting the vehicle, the passenger side airbag warning light comes on and stays on. The dealer says passenger side airbag sensor is defective. I believe this is a problem in just about all Pontiac Solstice vehicles and Saturn sky vehicles. For this reason I believe GM should announce an immediate recall to have this defect repaired before injury or death is caused by their negligence.

- Washington, NC, USA

problem #75

Aug 262015


  • 27,000 miles
Passenger airbag sensor failed with less than 30,000 miles on the car. This is a safety issue for my passengers as well as myself. The replacement part is over $800 not including labor to inspect what the problem was and not to include installation. This needs to be a recall !!!

- Milton, VT, USA

problem #74

May 302015


  • 41,200 miles
Passenger air bag sensor, intermittent failure. This has happened multiple times while my wife has been seated in the passenger seat. This is a known and common problem with the Pontiac Solstice. The air bag sensor does not always recognize a passenger and turns off while passenger is seated in the passenger seat. This is a known defect throughout the Solstice community. The average repair cost is $600-$800 dollars for a safety product !! this must be addressed by NHTSA before someone is killed or maimed by this manufacturing defect !!! this is totally unacceptable for a manufacturer to continue to allow an inferior product to be used. This failure has occurred in all different age and mileages in this vehicle. The system may also not recognize a passenger depending on their weight distribution on the seat. A simple fix is a software flash to "always on" or a keyed switch like other vehicles where the airbag can be switched off if required. This issue may cause as many deaths and or injuries as the ignition switch recall which was implemented almost immediately. What will it take for the government to step in and force GM to fix this known defect?

- York, PA, USA

problem #73

Jul 012013


  • miles
Passenger airbag seat sensor has failed. Number of Solstice owners in my car club have this same issue. Expensive dealership repair cost considering the value of the car.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #72

Jun 092015


  • 29,800 miles
On June 9, 2015 I was driving the vehicle with a passenger. While driving the "service air bag? message appeared on the dashboard as well as the red light air bag indicator. I stopped the vehicle turned the engine off then back on. The ?service air bag? message and the red light did not re-appear. I drove the vehicle home with no further problems....sometime later that day I started the car without a passenger, ?service air bag? message did not come on. I then drove the car with a passenger and again the ?service air bag? message appeared. The next day I started the car without a passenger and the ?service air bag? message did not appear. However later on in the day, the message re-appeared without a passenger in the car. From then on the ?service air bag" message appeared constantly the car was taken to thomas Pontiac GMC in cobourg Ontario on June 11, 2015. The fault was diagnosed as a defective passenger air bag sensor which was replaced on June 13, 2015....I obtained the old part from the dealer and found the issue to be a hairline crack in the copper mat that makes up the air bag sensor....when searching for similar instances on a Pontiac Solstice forum, I found that not only are passenger air bag sensor failures common, but they are also occurring at an early age. In addition the type of failure is similar in most instances right down to the same spot on the sensor....updated 09/22/15

- Cobourg, Ontario, Canada, AL, USA

problem #71

Jul 082014


  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Solstice. When the vehicle was started, the passenger side air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the passenger presence module failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 12,000.

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #70

Jul 132015


  • 37,000 miles
I along with many others are finding our air bags disabled by a faulty seat sensor. To replace it is over $1000. Seems like it ought to be a $300 issue.

- Mcmurray, PA, USA

problem #69

May 022015


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Solstice. While attempting to start the vehicle, the passenger side air bag warning light illuminated. In addition, the service air bag message was displayed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Roswell, GA, USA

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