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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems Seal Of This Might Hurt Notes: No heat, no air conditioning, and visibility issues because of a busted defogger system. Basically, anything coming out of a vent in the 2006 Torrent is broken.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
109,640 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Pontiac Torrent seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Pontiac Torrent Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 042015


  • 136,534 miles


I was in heavy traffic, the car in front of me stopped suddenly and I hit her from behind. My front end has a lot of damage, to the point that my radiator was leaking fluid. I am unsure how fast we were traveling, I will say around 30 mph. My air bag did not deploy.

- Southern Shores, NC, USA

problem #6

Sep 302014


  • 210,000 miles
After swerving to miss a dump truck who slammed on their brakes, my vehicle went off the road, through the median, crossed both North bound lanes of traffic (miraculously not hitting another vehicle) and slammed head first into the guardrail. Thankfully I did not get badly hurt (just rash burn from my seatbelt and whiplash) but I was very surprised, and very concerned, that my air bags did not deploy. I had to have hit the guardrail going at least 50 or 60 mph. Luckily this accident was not as bad as it most certainly could have been, especially considering I was on a major highway during morning rush hour traffic. However, I hope that other folks who drive this vehicle have working air bags that would deploy in the event of a serious accident. It was very scary and disheartening that mine failed to work for me. Needless-to-say, I would not recommend this vehicle to anyone else!

- Chester, VA, USA

problem #5

Jul 042012

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 62,295 miles
The airbag light just came on when we turned the ignition on.

- Cameron, NC, USA

problem #4

Dec 242013

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 172,450 miles


On christmas eve of 2013 at about 5:45pm going West on 7miles rd going into the left turning lane beginning to proceed to light a van came through the traffic two lanes over from right came at angle from mobile gastation cutting through traffic he like met almost head-on hit the front of truck and continued making his left going East on 7miles rd clearly hit and run me and three other were hurt and I noticed the airbags did not deploy in the owners manual for that truck states that the airbags should have deployed from the impact range 11 TO17 mph I contact acted General Motors they checked the edr basically they stated their not at fault that it was not enough impact for the airbags to deploy.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #3

Aug 262012

Torrent 4WD 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
I parked our car in front of our house on Saturday afternoon and when I went to get in it on Sunday morning the whole inside with covered in yellow dust. The glove compartment was open but the dash was intact. I called the police dept and along with the haz mat team from the fire department they determined that is was the air bag and somehow it exploded and ripped open within the dash causing all the dust that was inside of it to come out through the vents and into the interior of the car. My entire car all the way to the back windows is covered by this powder. Also when the insurance adjuster looked at it he stated that the air bag light is not showing that anything is wrong with the air bag! this is the passenger side air bag. If this would have happened while we were driving it would have been horrific! my auto insurance is not going to cover it as it is mechanical and the dealership will not do anything as the car is out of warranty. I am still waiting to hear back from Pontiac. Updated 09/05/12 updated 09/10/2012

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #2

Oct 242010

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
2006 Pontiac Torrent driver airbag did not deploy during rear collision. Wires in drivers door were broken which seems to be common problem with this model. Not sure if these wires control airbag or not but power windows and doors stopped working, various dash lights go on and off at various times. The wiring harness appears to be installed too tightly causing the wires to stretch when the door is opened and closed. Google "2006 Pontiac Torrent wiring harness" to find that this is not uncommon.

- Chesterfield, MO, USA

problem #1

Oct 192006

Torrent 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,200 miles
I have a 2006 Pontiac Torrent, that is/was driven by my son who was on his way home from work. The highway he was driving on has a speed limit of 65 mph, with a leniency of going 70 mph. Well there is construction of repaving the highway, well not all of the repaving was done especially getting onto the off ramp which has a high 2-3 inch drop off of asphalt. Approx. 1/4 mile of the highway getting onto the off ramp which was not paved completely still having the 2-3 inch drop off of asphalt. While my son was crossing over to get onto the off ramp, the paved drop off grabbed one or both of the left driver tires, which caused a steering and control problem to cause him to over correct onto a grassy dirt area on his right. He hit a tire mark that was left there from other accidents in the same area while the dirt was wet. As he hit this previous tire mark, he rolled the car three times. He was wearing his seat belt thank god, and having his seat slightly leaned back the seat belt locked and prevented him from hitting the steering wheel. However, the 2006 Pontiac Torrent has a rollover sensor that the car has as part of the security package, as well as onstar. As the car rolled the sensor did not sense the car rolling which resulted in not one of the air bags this car has was ever deployed at the time of car rolling to protect my son, which would be driver and passenger air bags and side curtain air bags. I took pictures of the head liner hanging and the air bags still rolled up on the inside. And onstar never detected the accident to get emergency help for my son. A bystander called for help. Thanks to god my son was able to walk a way from his car with mild injuries from him wearing his seat belt in spite of the air bags and onstar not working. The paramedics were surprised from looking at the damage of his car that my son was able to get himself out and walk away thanks to the seat belt. As for the car it's totaled beyond repair.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

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