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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

2006 Pontiac Solstice (Page 4 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 4 of 6)

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problem #48

Aug 242014

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Solstice. The contact stated the ignition was repaired due to a safety recall. Three weeks later, the air bag indicator remained illuminated. The failure occurred daily. The dealer stated that the air bag unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The recall number was unknown. The failure mileage was 55,000. Updated 10/24/14 the consumer stated the remote key did not open the doors or the trunk. Updated 12/09/14 the consumer feels the cost of the repairs should be covered. Updated 05/19/2015

- New Baltimore , MI, USA

problem #47

Aug 292014

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 29,500 miles
Vehicle display indicates service airbags. Airbag indicator turns red as well to indicate a airbag problem. Cause of issue is a bad passenger seat sensor. A costly item to repair. Problem appears to be very common with Pontiac Solstice and Saturn sky cars. Owners manual suggest that when the service air bag fault is indicated that the airbags will not work. This is certainly a safety problem. Should someone have a collision before they can get this fixed greater injury could happen. Suggest that manufacturer address the reliability issue of these sensors.

- Harpursville, NY, USA

problem #46

Aug 262014

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 36,533 miles
The airbag warning icon on instrument panel stays lit and "service airbags" message is on message window. The passenger side airbag system is disarmed even when passenger seat is occupied by an adult. This vehicle has not been involved in a crash. This is a safety issue that a large portion of Saturn skys and Pontiac Solstices share and is very expensive to repair. Since so many other Solstice owners are experiencing the same malfunction, I feel GM should consider this for recall before people are killed as a result of their faulty airbag sensors.

- Freeport, IL, USA

problem #45

Mar 172014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Solstice. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The parts needed to the repairs were unavailable. The dealer was contacted but stated that they could not repair the vehicle for five months. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue.

- Appling, GA, USA

problem #44

May 162014

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
Air bag service light came on. My vehicle has never been in an accident. The passenger side air bag will not come on when an adult sits in the seat. This is a problem because I have a teenage daughter whom sits on the passenger side.

- Grove City, OH, USA

problem #43

Jul 242014

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 33,800 miles
At 33800 miles, the service airbag warning light came on and indicated an off condition for the passenger seat even with an adult passenger seated. I consider this as a very serious safety problem. If an accident were to occur, the passenger would have no airbag protection. The sensor replacement is very expensive and the passenger airbag remains off. Many Solstice owner have had the same problem. I think this is a serious safety issue and a recall should be issued by GM to fix this serious safety issue. Updated 09/24/14. Updated 10/22/14.

- Island Pond, VT, USA

problem #42

Jan 012014


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Solstice. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #41

Jul 232014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Solstice. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system), but the dealer did not have the parts to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #40

Feb 272014


  • miles
Letter from senator nelson on behalf of constituent re GM recall. 2006 Pontiac Solstice. The consumer was informed, the parts were not available. The consumer back a month later, and was informed, the parts were still not available.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #39

Jun 252014

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 33,600 miles
Noticed "service airbag" message as well as red airbag light one day while driving. Tried to clear the information and it came right back on. Has remained on at any time the car is running continuously for one week now. This seems to be a common problem among other Solstice owners. It is absolutely a safety issue. All of the complaints seem to state the problem has occurred with well under 100,000 miles. The price to fix appears to be anywhere from $400 to $800. Add to that the declining value of our cars, due to recalls and other safety issues, I feel GM should issue this recall as well. This serious safety hazard must be addressed before someone is fatally injured due to a faulty airbag system that GM is clearly aware of.

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #38

Jun 192014


  • 63,000 miles


We purchased the 2006 Pontiac Solstice approximately 2 years ago and for the past year have not been able to drive the car because it fails inspection in Massachusetts for the passenger air bag sensor, I have spoken with GM about the issue and was told that they are aware of the problem but at this point are not being made to correct it. How can that be allowed. We enjoyed the car very much when we could drive it but just taking up space in the garage is not what we purchased the car for. We have replaced the air bag sensor now twice and currently the car is at the GM service department now to have the air bag sensor replaced yet again, is GM ever going to step up and take care of this?

- Groveland , MA, USA

problem #37

May 052012

Solstice 4-cyl

  • miles
I purchased the care three years from a dealer. The first year and a half I had no problems. That all changed as the check air bag red warning light came on relating to the passenger side air bag. That followed by the catalytic converter needing replacement without ever receiving a notice that there was a recall notice sent only to the dealers, not the owners by GM. Upon going to the dealership they acknowledge and replace the converter. Most recent was a mailed notice in reference to the ignition switch being recalled and waiting for the part to come in. However, after writing the new chairman of GM and informing her of my problem with the air bag about two months a reply came back with any resolve to the problem. As of recent acknowledgement GM is in the new again with passenger side airbag problems with their sport vehicles such as the Cadillac escalate. In owning cars or over 50 years I have never encountered a check air bag warning light. I strongly feel that my car was equipped with the same air bag sensing system as placed in their sport vehicles. I find it difficult to comprehend that I am the only one with this problem and I am deeply concerned that others may be in for lethal accident if such air bag deployment does not occur during an accident. No accident yet! the above date is when the warning light first came on and still on. This is a very expensive repair for a senior citizen. Please help me!

- Hawthorne, NJ, USA

problem #36

Apr 162014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Solstice. The contact received two notifications for recall NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (airbag, electrical system) and 14V171000 (electrical system) however, the parts were unavailable to do the repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Stillwater, MN, USA

problem #35

Jun 012010

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Warning light on dash came on for an air bag problem (indicates passenger bag is off) while my wife of about 150 lbs. Was in passenger seat. It went out briefly and then came back on permanently. It has remained on any time the engine is running, and the warning light in the speedometer warns that the air bag system needs maintenance. From readings on the internet, I have learned this is a common problem with this model, that the passenger seat sensor has failed, that the entire seat must be replaced at between $600.-$750, that the air bag will in fact fail to deploy and that any replacement sensors likely will also fail. It is absolutely unsafe to drive this vehicle with any passenger.

- Findlay, OH, USA

problem #34

Dec 172013


  • 23,632 miles
Initially my service passenger air bag light would malfunction then work. Finally it has stopped working all together about the date noted. I currently have no evidence if the passenger airbag will work or not as the sensor is not working to show occupancy in the seat. I have read hundreds of complaints about this. Maybe when enough people die or are injured GM will admit it is a faulty seat wire and recall it. According to my research, spending $850 to replace it will not prevent it from failing again. Therefore the customer will not continue to replace it.

- Palmetto, FL, USA

problem #33

May 012009

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Passenger presence airbag sensor failed in the passenger seat. It is a thin sensor mat and the break in the copper is very clear to see.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #32

Jan 012014

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
An error message in the driver information center indicates that the passenger side airbag requires service. The dash light indicates that the passenger side airbag is off even when someone weighing more than 150 lbs. Is sitting in the seat.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #31

Apr 152014


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Solstice. The contact stated that upon starting the vehicle, the service air bag light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the passenger mat sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The current and failure mileage was 60,000.

- Lawrenceburg, KY, USA

problem #30

Apr 012014

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 18,200 miles
Driving down the street with a passenger and service air bag light came on the dic. Took Solstice in to Buick, Pontiac, GMC dealer, for ignition recall and passenger airbag light diagnosed as a bad passenger pressence sensor. Estimated replacement charge of $850. Charged $120 for diagnosis. Searching online forums shows this is a common occurence due to a faulty designed seat sensor. Owners are paying for the replacement only for the part to break again. Making this a $970 repair (diagnosis + parts + labor). Please expedite a recall, because this makes this two seat convertible, a one person car! updated 10/9/2014

- Fair Oaks, CA, USA

problem #29

Mar 032014

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
Dealer diagnosed warning light to faulty air bag sensor, part #19124219 and quoted over $800 to fix. Quick google search indicates this is a common and known issue, but as of yet no recall issued. Given the vast number of complaints, and the fact this is directly tied to safety issue, its appalling that nothing has been done to rectify the known issue. I'm going to buy and install the part myself, which will still cost $400 but will ensure that the vehicle meets the safety standards it was designed and tested for. How many complaints does it take before any action is taken?

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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