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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

2007 Pontiac Solstice (Page 6 of 8)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,861 miles

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2007 Pontiac Solstice seat belts / air bags problems

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2007 Pontiac Solstice Owner Comments (Page 6 of 8)

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problem #44

Jan 102014


  • 137,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Solstice. The contact stated that when anything would touch the key while in the ignition, it would cause the vehicle to stall sporadically and without warning. The failure was recurring. Additionally, the air bag warning light illuminated without warning. The contact had to disable the air bag sensor more than once to get the sensor light to turn off. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the air bag module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure occurred before the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V047000 (air bags and electrical system), in which the vehicle was included. The approximate failure mileage was 137,000.

- Flowery Branch, GA, USA

problem #43

Mar 012014

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
The service air bag light is illuminated on the dash panel the airbag sensor for the passenger side does not change from on to off. It always remains lit off. I have researched the issue and there are numerous complaints relating to the passenger side air bag seat sensor failing. The part alone is over $300 and to have a dealer repair is over $700. Regardless, this is a safety issue and is widespread on Pontiac Solstice and Saturn sky models. GM has yet to issue recall for this issue. What are they waiting for? this seems similar in nature to the current recall for the ignition switch where up to 300 people have died. The issue does not clear itself and is always on the dash panel warning system.

- Wrentham, MA, USA

problem #42

Feb 172014

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Solstice. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled as the check engine and battery warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was able to be restarted and the failure was recurring. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they were unable to diagnose the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000. Updated 04/29/14 MA the consumer stated the key would not turn in the ignition until after wiggling the steering wheel. The airbag light was on. Updated 05/2/2014

- Smithfeild, NC, USA

problem #41

Mar 012011

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 39,000 miles


Air bag service light came on at 39000 miles, found on internet what the problem was, called dealership in alvin tx and asked about recall, told no recall and I said "this is a safety item that needs a recall", was told by service writer that "air bags are not a safety item, only reason they are put in a car is because of being mandatory by government, and as long as passenger has seat belt on then everything should be fine", who are these fools that General Motors hire" do they really believe this S*&%? or is it a way to get people from pushing for repairs" anyways, I want to sell this vehicle but who would buy a vehicle for a reasonable price for a death trap, well, I will never purchase another vehicle that GM builds, they wont stand by their products or for the customers that have made them soooo much money over the years, and with our taxes that bailed them out and paid to keep them with jobs they just keep screwing the customers over, when will everyone wise up and just shut them down with the quality that they hand out, well, for now on I am going to do my part.

- Alvin, TX, USA

problem #40

Jan 042008

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 200 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Solstice. The contact stated that there were multiple stalling failures with the vehicle. The dealer was unable to diagnose the stalling failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times for the failure but to no avail. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 200.

- Hawkins, TX, USA

problem #39

Aug 072013


  • 56,000 miles
The passenger air bag has not been working for some time now. I took it to GM dealer and they could not give me a reason why the air bag is not working. GM said they could replace the part but it was not under warranty. Im trying to understand how many accidents need to occur before there is a recall for this issue.

- Newbraunfel, TX, USA

problem #38

Dec 122013

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 108,000 miles


Service air bag light text appeared in dic on with child in seat after starting car. Now passenger air bag off lamp on with adult seat belted in seat.

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #37

May 012013

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
I had a passenger sit in my Pontiac Solstice and the air bag sensor started flashing on and off. The suddenly it stayed on and gave me a warning light. This is very dangerous because now all my passengers do not have a functioning air bag. I have seen countless owners on the Solstice forums also have the same issue.

- East Norriton, PA, USA

problem #36

Sep 122013

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 21,139 miles
After starting my 2007 Solstice, the passenger air bag light did not come on, even though my wife was sitting in the passenger seat. This is a car that only had 21,139 miles on it, at the time of the first incident. Also, there air bag warning light is illuminated on the dash. I feel that such a safety item should not fail after only 21,139 miles...updated 12/17/13

- Manchester, CT, USA

problem #35

Oct 082013

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 29,953 miles
Airbag seat sensor fails to activate airbag and airbag warning light remains on indefinitely whether passenger is in passenger seat or not. Replacement cost nearly $900.

- Corvallis , OR, USA

problem #34

Jul 192013

Solstice 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 48,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Solstice. The contact stated that the passenger's side air bag warning light erroneously illuminated while a passenger was present in the seat. The warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 48,000. Updated 12/26/13 the consumer stated the air bag light on the instrument cluster stayed on. The passenger side air bag readiness light on the dash indicated an off status constantly, regardless of the presence of a passenger.

- Mount Juliet, TN, USA

problem #33

Oct 152013


  • 29,750 miles
The passenger air bag sensor failed, this leaves the passenger unprotected in the event of an accident. This is the second time this has happened on my car. The first was on 5/18/2009 at 15501 miles and was replaced under warranty well this time the warranty has expired and it is my understanding that the owner's cost to fix this item is prohibitive ($500 - $800), by viewing the Solstice forum on-line it is apparent that this is a common problem and as a safety issue needs to be addressed by your Agency. The web site is: please investigate this issue and require GM to replace all defective units. Thank you

- Murrells Inlet, SC, USA

problem #32

Oct 132013

Solstice 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,481 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Solstice. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the air bag warning light and the service air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The contact also mentioned that he had researched the problem and found out that the passenger's side air bag senor was causing the problem. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 42,481 updated 11/12/13

- Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #31

Sep 022013

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 44,837 miles
For years, the Pontiac Solstice air bag system has intermittently failed to detect passengers. Now the "passenger airbag off" light stays illuminated, and the airbag dash warning light also stays on. A GM service center reports the passenger airbag module needs to be replaced, at a cost in excess of $900.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #30

Aug 162013

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 19,125 miles
2007 Pontiac Solstice. Consumer writes in regards to passenger side air bag issues. The consumer recently, while driving with his wife, the passenger side air bag light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the local dealer, where the problem was diagnosed as a faulty air bag seat module. The estimated cost to repair was approximately $1200. Updated 10/31/13

- Somers, CT, USA

problem #29

Jun 152011


  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Solstice. The contact stated while driving 50 mph, the passenger side air bag light illuminated while the passenger was in the seat. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated that the seat sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 8,000.

- Fleming Island , FL, USA

problem #28

Aug 062013

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
My car suddenly brakes hard on it's own as I am slowing and gently applying brakes. It starts around 20 mph. It is very scary and dangerous. To have your car slam on it's brakes on it's own. I have heard that the powertrain/transmission can throw error codes P0700 and P2637 and that can cause the same sudden braking of the car on it's own. Also my coolant temperature gauge(digital) intermittently goes blank showing only three dashes instead of the temp. When it does this my air/heat will not work. My passenger door handle broke off. Also my airbag warning light will not go off. I also have a mysterious coolant leak but it's intermittent as well.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #27

May 302013

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
Service passenger air bag lit up on display in dash at the same time passenger air bag light on dash went off and did not come back on I had dealer check this as the passenger air bag was now inoperative as I did not want my wife riding in this seat without it working properly. He informed me a sensor underneath the passenger seat was responsible for this failure. This seems to be a widespread problem as I have checked with several Solstice owners who have experienced same problems some with as low as 2300 miles on their vehicles thank you for your time.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #26

Jul 142013


  • 13,000 miles
In March of this year I purchased my second Pontiac. Today this vehicle displayed the same service message as my other Pontiac. The service air bag light has come on and stayed on. My other Pontiac has been coming on and off for months now, I can't afford the $750 it costs to replace the airbag on the first Pontiac is the main reason I still have the issues, but now my second Pontiac purchase is having the same error. This has to be an issue for more than just me. I do see that the air bag has already been recalled for my model but a different year. This appears to me to be more than one model issue. Thanks

- Lees Summit, MO, USA

problem #25

Jul 092013

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
Service airbag message displayed. I took it to a GM dealer and he told me the module was no good and needs to be replaced for $800. I believe with only 39000 miles GM should have a recall and pay for this repair.

- Putnam, CT, USA

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