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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

2007 Pontiac Solstice (Page 2 of 7)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,317 miles

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2007 Pontiac Solstice seat belts / air bags problems

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2007 Pontiac Solstice Owner Comments (Page 2 of 7)

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problem #119

Mar 012016


  • miles


Takata recall. The airbag service maintenance light turned on two different times & serviced the last 3 years costing me a lot of money.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #118

Jun 102015


  • miles
Have replaced passenger seat sensor mat two times. Why is it that people have to die before NHTSA will react to a known problem? cadilac ats was recalled for the exact same thing, and while the mats may be slightly different, they indeed have the same problem. You have enough documentation to prove this. So I am wondering why you keep ignoring this.

- Mchenry, IL, USA

problem #117

Feb 292016


  • 65,000 miles
My passenger airbag sensor system stopped working without any cause resulting in a "service airbag" warning on the dic in the dash. Searching forums for all varieties of the GM kappa platform (Saturn sky, opel GT, and Pontiac Solstice) it appears this failure is happening to every single vehicle made with this system and is not caused by usual wear, or any sort of mistreatment of the device or the car - it is a clear manufacturing defect. GM holds your car hostage for $1000 to fix this problem when the part can be obtained from europe for $99 - disgusting. In my case, the car sat in the garage over the winter, and upon getting in the car this spring to start it, the warning light came on, the last time the car was driven the light was not on, and no-one has touched the passenger seat since, so the problem was not caused by abuse or wear it is simply a defective part that fails for no reason after some period of time.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #116

Aug 302013


  • 87,564 miles


Passenger sat down air bag light came on. Vehicle was in park in a parking said $ repair, now air bags will not deploy.

- Cleveland, TN, USA

problem #115

Feb 052016

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The sensor in the passenger seat that detects a passenger and activates the air bag system for the passenger seat is broken. Now, whenever there is a passenger, the air bag for the passenger side shows as off. My vehicle is an '07, but has only 50,000 miles. The sensor appears to be very thin and flimsy. With this item broken, in the event of an accident, the air bag would not deploy even though there is a passenger in the seat. This is a design flaw and is very dangerous. A similar recall was made on this item for the Cadillac line. Thank you

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #114

Nov 152014


  • 27,000 miles
Our vehicle in motion turning left from turn lane with green arrow when we were hit by driver who ran red light. Our car sustained substantial front end damage (totalled) but neither the driver nor passenger airbag deployed.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #113

Feb 022016


  • 22,000 miles


I placed a grocery bag on front seat, the red air bag light came on, now its glowing all the time. Dealer wants 600 to repair this. Now my passenger air bag will not deploy in a accident.

- Tawas City, MI, USA

problem #112

Jan 112016


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Solstice. While in park, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the modular in the front passenger seat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 15,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 04/07/16

- St James, NY, USA

problem #111

Apr 012015


  • 40,000 miles
Air bag sensor: There are hundreds of Solstice owners such as my self, driving with the seat belt sensor light illuminated. There is a problem with the seat sensor and dealers want up to $1,500 to replace the seat sensor. This is a known problem and a safety issue that GM should handle thru a voluntary recall. It is a problem known world-wide regarding this issue.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #110

Jan 042016


  • 22,000 miles
This the second time within a year the passenger seat sensor has failed. Last time I had the dealer (gary lang auto group) diagnose the problem with and reset the new sensor which I purchased form a GM vendor and installed myself. It still cost me $600 !!!! since then I have met a GM tech who will reset the new sensor which I will again buy and install, and have him reset the sensor as a tech 2 is needed to do so. This is unacceptable, and I do not know why you are not investigating this safety issue. If you take the time to look at other kappa complaints you will see it is widespread, considering how many were built from 2006 to 2009. Even though now I have a GM tech as a friend, it is still going to cost me almost $500 to repair. Ridiculous.

- Mchenry, IL, USA

problem #109

Jul 202015


  • 70,000 miles


Passenger side airbag sensor in seat failed. 70K miles.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #108

Sep 232015


  • 50,000 miles
An alert on the dash to service air bag came on. Apparently a switch went causing the passenger side air bag to fail to activate properly. This light was when stationary and when driving. The repair was over $700 at parks Chevrolet in charlotte, nc.

- Harrisburg, NC, USA

problem #107

Aug 012015


  • 47,000 miles
Passenger air bag seat cushion sensor failed after 47,000 miles. I rarely have a passenger in that seat.

- Rogers, AR, USA

problem #106

Aug 202015


  • 26,000 miles
The air bag / seatbelt warning light came on for the passenger side, my wife was in the seat and weighs more than 100lb. I'm told this disables the airbag, which is clearly a safety issue. Repairs are very expensive and with only 26000 miles on this car should be covered by GM. It was repaired on 9/3/15 and cost $1130.21

- Lake Katrine, NY, USA

problem #105

Aug 012014


  • 125,000 miles
The 'serviceairbag' light began to appear at different times for short periods. I the GM dealer said that their diagnostic tests could not identify the problem and would require that the service light be on continuously. July of 2015 the light did stay on and the dealership said that the passenger side 'module' had shorted. A replacement would cost approximately $450.

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #104

Jul 012015


  • miles
Passenger seat sensor for airbags failed intermittently, now it's completely broken. This is a common problem for Pontiac Solstice and Saturn sky owners (according to the forums). But given the low number of vehicles produced by GM, it doesn't seem to be getting recall status...

- Mill Valley, CA, USA

problem #103

Aug 172015


  • 40,000 miles
The passenger (service) airbag light has come on and remains on at all times. The light which says that the passenger airbag has been armed no longer illuminates. From the research I have done, it is a problem with the airbag sensor which must be replaced. The part is very expensive and breaks easily. I am worried that not only is there a chance that the passenger airbag may not deploy during an accident but that if I do get the part replaced, it will soon break again. This is a very common problem and I believe this is a major safety concern that needs to be addressed right away! there have been too many complaints about this part, which systematically goes out on every car, for this issue to be ignored!

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #102

Jul 062015


  • 26,343 miles
The air bag / seatbelt warning light came on for the passenger side, my wife was in the seat and weighs more than 100lb. I'm told this disables the airbag, which is clearly a safety issue. Repairs are very expensive and with only 26xxx miles on this car should be covered by GM.

- Bedford, IN, USA

problem #101

Aug 032015


  • 12,290 miles
Service air bag warning came on dic. Researched several Pontiac Solstice, as well as Saturn sky and opel GT, forums that address the passenger presence system module, GM P/N 19124219, as the common failure. This is an extremely expensive repair for a well documented high failure rate safety part.

- Kings Park, NY, USA

problem #100

Aug 012015


  • 59,110 miles
Backing out of my garage, the service air bag light came on for the passenger air bag..the passenger air bag light stays on showing this air bag is not working.I feel like this is a safety issue with passenger air bag not working, I called on star and they gave me a code B0081 saying I should a take to dealer. I called Pontiac and they told me unless there is a recall, the cost to repair is on me.looks like many other owners on 2007 Pontiac Solstice are having the same problem.I purchased this car new, it stays in the garage, not driven much and very seldom anyone in passenger seat.

- San Marcos, TX, USA

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