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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

2008 Pontiac Solstice (Page 2 of 3)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,366 miles

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2008 Pontiac Solstice seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Pontiac Solstice Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #34

Jun 122014

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 40,441 miles


Got in one day and the air bag sensor light came on. Now it comes on and dings at me every day and until I get this fixed, do not feel comfortable driving my son to school..

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #33

Aug 292014

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Girlfriend sat in passenger seat and a "service airbag" light cam on my info screen. Turned off after a few seconds then turned back on and has been on since.

- Winslow, ME, USA

problem #32

Jul 152013

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
The "service air bag" indicator in the driver information center came on during the normal course of driving and has remained on constantly since that time, approximately 1 - 1.5 yrs. This was not related to any accident. Diagnosis using on obd scan tool was completed by a reputable local mechanic, who indicated that the passenger side seat sensor is defective and needs to be replaced. This appears to be a major safety concern since, at a minimum, the passenger side air bag has been compromised and may not deploy in the event of a crash due to this faulty seat sensor. Further research completed by myself indicates this faulty passenger seat sensor may be a common problem in the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn sky. This is a relatively expensive repair ($800+) by an authorized dealer, and the associated repair costs should not be the responsibility of the consumer to correct this safety issue.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #31

Sep 112014


  • 27,200 miles


Service air bag in dic turned on and airbag light indicator for passenger seat turned off while the auto was zero (0) speed, driver's seat and passenger's seat were both occupied. This is a despicable design error as well as a real world operational flaw, a potentially fatal safety issue that thousands of Solstice owners are experiencing and that thousands more will experience. How many fatalities must the american public endure before GM accepts full responsibility and finally, however reluctantly, cowardly, immorally, and deceitfully, correct this quintessentially death trap vehicle?

- Newburgh, IN, USA

problem #30

Sep 142014

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 15,810 miles
Airbag service required dtc. Problem is with the pps system in the passenger seat. Problem has been widely reported for these cars, as well as, other GM products. This condition effectively renders the airbag protection of the passenger sear inoperative even if the seat is occupied. GM is aware the problem and their dealers want approximately between $800 and $1,000 to replace the failed seat components. They fail because the design is faulty in that the sensor pad sensor conductive pathways suffer breakage. The forum blog for owners with this problem is an excellent source, including pictures of the component failure and poor design, that can be found at

- Friendswood, TX, USA

problem #29

Sep 052014


  • 78,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac Solstice. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and was informed that the passenger side app sensor module failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 78,500.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #28

Jan 082014

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles


In January passenger airbag light came on the dic saying to service airbag"?? I have very few passengers from time to time..maybe three a month..none are heavy enough as to plop down on seat with enough weight to inflict damage on whatever the problem may be!!! also, when I clean the car, I make certain as to not kneel or put any sort of weight as to break the circuit in which I've been reading about all the many others!!! has anybody given any thought that maybe it's a default?? it happens so very often with many of the other what makes our car any different??" it happens!!! as my word, I did nothing in any way, shape or form to damage it!!!! I love my Solstice, but if nothing is done about this, I, my family, friends and whoever else I may inform will never do business with GM again..sorry, but this just isn't!!!lol

- Plaquemine, LA, USA

problem #27

Jun 082014

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 32,800 miles
Service airbag light is turned on while backing car out of driveway. After doing research online, I discovered this was a common issue.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #26

Jun 052013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac Solstice. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, another vehicle crashed head-on into the contact's vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact mentioned that after the crash the air bag warning light illuminated. The driver from the other vehicle was taken to a hospital where there was one injury reported. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Minock, IL, USA

problem #25

Jun 012014

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 33,750 miles
While making a low speed left turn passenger seat air bag "on" light dimmed. 145 lb passenger was in passenger seat. Dic warning message came on: "service airbag". 1/2 hour later while going straight with same passenger in seat passenger seat air bag "on" light dimmed and then "off". stayed "off" for about 1 minute, then went back to "on".

- Mechanicville, NY, USA

problem #24

Jul 152013


  • 9,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac Solstice. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 10 mph, another vehicle crashed head on into the contact. Upon impact, the air bags failed to deploy. The driver of the other vehicle sustained unknown injuries. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 9,000.

- Minonk, IL, USA

problem #23

Apr 292014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac Solstice. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and stated that the repairs were not taken care of in a reasonable amount of time. The dealer indicated that the parts were not available. The contact had not experienced a failure. The manufacturer was not contacted.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #22

Feb 152014

Solstice 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Pontiac Solstice. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch, air bag and check engine light problems. The consumer had to replaced the ignition switch, the air bags did not work, the check engine light illuminated, and the radio would come on and go off by itself. The dealer cleared the computer for the engine light, and informed the consumer there was nothing wrong. However, after driving less than 10 miles, the check engine light illuminated again.

- Holiday, FL, USA

problem #21

Apr 022014


  • 25,700 miles
I took my 2008 Solstice out of storage and was going down the road and got a message on the dic display saying the airbags needed service. I thought it was odd with only 25000 miles and being driven about 4 months out of the year. I looked it up on line and found it to be a common problem with the Solstice. After about 10 calls to Pontiac they agreed to have the dealer diagnose it and the dealer said the sir coil was defective and needed to be replaced at a cost of $212. My warranty has run out do to time and not the amount of miles. I have since been going back and forth with Pontiac about them paying for the repair, however they always call back and leave a message at a time they know I'm at work. I paid over $30,000 for this car brand new and have had it dealer serviced regularly and feel Pontiac should be held accountable for this problem. I car has now been sitting in the dealership torn apart for a week waiting for Pontiac to give them the okay to fix it, this is criminal.

- Brattleboro, VT, USA

problem #20

Aug 162013

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
Air bag sensor light came on. Dealer states that sensor is faulty and needs to be replaced. Why has it gone out with minimal use?

- Clackamas, OR, USA

problem #19

Mar 152013

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The air bag sensor in my vehicle failed shortly after its 'bumper-to-bumper' warranty expired. 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 ($500 - $1000), and that the early failure of this part is somewhat common for this vehicle. I believe this should be a recall, and the dealer should have to cover the costs not the car owners. This seems so much like consumer fraud to me. A thousand dollar part going out at only 35K miles that is an incredible nuisance.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #18

Jan 162013


  • 30,000 miles
The airbag light will not go off. This is something that needs a recall as there are too many people with the same problem and it cost $1000 to repair. That is crazy for a car with only 40K miles on it!!!!

- Deland, FL, USA

problem #17

Sep 102013


  • 47,400 miles
Service airbag" message on dash. Passenger airbag light "off" even when there is a person sitting on passenger side seat. Dealer performed scan test. Found codes B0081-71 in the sit. Found code 1063 in pp module. Dealer told me there was need to replace the passenger present module. Part # 19124219, module ki 11,419. Cost = $460 plus labor of $165. Mileage when replaced, 47,400. Date of repair service, 9/12/2013. A very expensive repair. For 47,400 miles.

- Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #16

Sep 012013

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 54,300 miles
There seems to be an issue with the sensor that determines whether there is a passenger in the passenger seat. Currently, the light signal that indicates whether the air bags are on or off when there is a passenger is in the vehicle shows the air bags off with a passenger present. I would assume that a sensor determines when a passenger is in the seat. As a result, if there was an impact, the air bag for the passenger seat would not deploy. This appears to be very dangerous and would cost a life if the impact was severe.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #15

Feb 092012

Solstice 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac Solstice. The contact stated that upon starting the ignition, the passenger side air bag indicator illuminated intermittently with an occupant present. The dealer informed that the failure could be related to the inappropriate weight of the front seat passenger. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 18,000. Updated 8/26/13

- Flint, MI, USA

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