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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

2008 Pontiac Torrent (Page 1 of 2)

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,766 miles

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2008 Pontiac Torrent seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Pontiac Torrent Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #26

Jan 012015

Torrent

  • 70,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My air bag light on passenger side is not at all working. Off when someone is sitting in the seat. Now my electrical system makes all lights on my dash to come on. Traction control, check engine light, air bag, and so on and so on. Took car to service center and they said nothing was wrong..

- Natrona Heights, PA, USA

problem #25

Jun 012016

Torrent

  • 80,000 miles
This vehicle has been full of problems. First it was losing power when turning corners or changing lanes. Had to have that fixed.. next power steering went out not long after had the power issue fixed. Next the driver door would no longer lock. Had that fixed in 2015. Then in 2015 started noticing the airbag light was just going on and off for the passenger seat when someone was sitting in the seat. And they all meet/exceed the weight needed to activate. Now the airbag just stays off. Now the airbag sensor is showing not activated for the driver side. And the seat belt lights are blinking. Also now I am being told the fuel pump also now needs to be replaced in the car smell strong fumes at times. Also experience sputtering once reaches 40 mph and again around 60. Also anytime we are on an incline. And the power steering went out again on the vehicle.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #24

Feb 182014

Torrent

  • 20,000 miles
Airbag light is on and off even when my sister who is approx. 140lbs sitting in psgr seat. This was recalled for 2007 but should add 2008. This vehicle was only built as limited edition between 2007 and 2008. We had a rear end and front end collision and airbags did not deploy when car was total in back end. We were actually hit and pushed on top of the car in front of us to the middle of her roof. They repairs car at dealer and still air bag light and reset several times and still goes off and on whether someone sitting there or not. Dangerious..... the vehicle was stopped and impact was a pickup truck 1992 heavy duty hit us at approx. 60 mph. He never hit breaks and we kept going til I was stopped on the roof of the other vehicle. We are lucky to be alive. Sister after two years is still suffering perm injuries for life. I suffered and have a perm brace on foot from hitting break twice really hard. #1 is my car damaged in rear, #2 is the truck who hit us, #3 is that tire came out of the back of truck on impact....thru the window... proof of how hard we were hit with injures. They transported to hosp other driver, I thought I was ok but was in shock and only worried about other people. Next day was treated for injuries as well as sister treated and still on going.

- Seffner, FL, USA

problem #23

Feb 142014

Torrent

  • 20,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Left side windows and locks will not open with key or remote periodically. Air bag light off when sitting and comes on when no one on pasngr side. Car was rear ended and front ended but ferrman stated they fixed properly. Door locks and windows worked fine before that and air bag has been a problem but stating I have to pay for all repairs. I feel that there are enough air bag recalls to add the 2008 to the list of 2007 ones. This vehicle is a limited edition. Only two yrs made. Parts are very expensive and hard to get now. These are manufactured defects since I had the window and door lock changed on the drivers door at cost of over $400. And still doenst work again. After driving a few blocks and stop my doors and windows open properly. I think they were jarred in the accident and fixed by ferman properly in fl. We were rear and front ended and we were stopped and the truck hit us at approx. 60 miles per hr.

- Seffner, FL, USA

problem #22

Mar 132014

Torrent

  • 40,139 miles
I have 2008 Pontiac Torrent VIN#[xxx], that the passenger side air bag will not activate due to the failure of the pps module. I feel that this module should be replaced under a recall since GM has outstanding recalls with same model vehicles prior to the 2008 model, I believe that this vehicle had defective module installed and GM should be made to resolve this situation due to the possibility of serious injury or death in a front end accident. Thank for your consideration of this complaint. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act

- Middletown, OH, USA

problem #21

Jul 012014

Torrent

  • 60,000 miles
My passenger airbag sensor is on and I believe it may be the same problem that the 2007 Torrent model had (NHTSA reference #07V344000). It has been on for a while but has not been recalled yet - the dealer wanted to charge me $800 to fix it but my research leads me to believe it may be the same issue that was found in the 2007 recall because it will turn the indicator light off when a heavier person sits in the seat for an extended period.

- Plainville, MA, USA

problem #20

Jun 012015

Torrent

  • 102,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac Torrent. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag activation light was not illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to a certified mechanic who diagnosed that the module and the sensor would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that there were no recalls that related to the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 102,000.

- Mt Morrish, MI, USA

problem #19

Feb 122016

Torrent

  • 73,388 miles
Airbag light on dashboard is off and passengers airbag is off. My car was manufacturered in 03/08. 2007 has a recall on the airbags but 2008 doesn't. this is a very costly repair and should be a recall. Dealer quoted almost $900 for the passenger presence module to be reset - this should be done by General Motors. If someone dies because the airbag doesn't deploy in a head-on collission, who's at fault?

- Plymouth, MI, USA

problem #18

Apr 202015

Torrent

  • 110,000 miles
Airbag light on dashboard is on and passengers airbag is off. My car has a manufacturer date 2007 which has a recall on the airbags but because mine is a 2008 it doesn't fall under the recall. This is a very costly repair and should be a recall.

- Mount Holly Springs, PA, USA

problem #17

Jan 022015

Torrent

  • miles
For months the airbag, traction control and seatbelt lights have lit intermittently and stayed on for a few minutes or a few days. Sometimes they light immediately upon starting the vehicle or they might light up in a few minutes or in an hour or two. When there is a front seat passenger the airbag light stays on at least until the passenger gets out. After seeing the recalls for the 2007 Torrent, I believe GM has known all along about these issues and several recalls should have been issued for the 2008 Torrent.

- Warren, OH, USA

problem #16

May 022015

Torrent

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2008 Pontiac Torrent front passenger air bag warning displays in dash.. when someone is seated, the on light does not come imediately and at other times it does come on. Took to dealer who said the rf sensor was bad. The dealer had to order the part which cost $784. I have read many complaints on the internet regarding the same problem. This problem sound like 2007 airbag recall.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #15

Jan 092014

Torrent 6-cyl

  • miles
I have 2008 Pontiac Torrent VIN#[xxx], that the passenger side air bag will not activate due to the failure of the pps module. I feel that this module should be replaced under a recall since GM has outstanding recalls with same model vehicles prior to the 2008 model, I believe that this vehicle had defective module installed and GM should be made to resolve this situation due to the possibility of serious injury or death in a front end accident. Thank for your consideration of this complaint. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Tallapoosa, GA, USA

problem #14

Jan 012015

Torrent

  • miles
Intermittent "service air bag warning" on dash display, passenger side bag shows off with someone in seat, when they move in seat, warning goes out, and air bag turns on. This indicates to me, that problem is in seat cushion. From reading other complaints, this was an issue on earlier models, and GM is aware. This is an expensive repair, and seems like it should be covered as they have done previously. Car only has 68K miles.

- Saugus, MA, USA

problem #13

Feb 202014

Torrent

  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac Torrent. The contact stated that the after the vehicle was started, the passenger side service air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the passenger side frontal sending units needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number:07V344000 (air bags). The failure mileage was 63,000.

- Garden City, KS, USA

problem #12

Oct 012013

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
The passenger side airbag indicator shows to be off when the site is occupied. I took it to the dealership and was advised nothing is wrong. I've has several passengers that weigh over 150 lbs plus occupy the seat and the indicator shows off. I'm very concerned nothing is being done about this also I'm have gasoline smells in the car but the 2008 Pontiac Torrents were not included in the recall of the 2007's. would really like to see this addressed before something happens to anyone owning this vehicle. The traction stability light comes one when checked nothing the dealership just rest the light and it goes off for a while and comes back on.

- Balch Springs, TX, USA

problem #11

Jan 162014

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
My airbag warning light on the passenger side constantly goes on and off. Also I get a service airbag warning on my dash. This is a known issue with GM cars and I believe the 2007 Torrent was recalled for this exact issue.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #10

Jan 222014

Torrent

  • 94,000 miles
Air bag indicator stays off even when there is a passenger and "service air bag" comes on in the driver info panel on dash. When I first purchased it the sensor would flash between on and off with a passenger occupying the seat and within a few months the sensor no longer comes on.

- Morgantown, IN, USA

problem #9

Mar 042013

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
The vehicle air bag sensor in passenger seat is faulty. Shows airbag off when passenger is in seat. The front/passenger door wire harness is too tight which end result is both windows do not work because the harness wires have snapped due to them being drawn so tight.... I have had to replace spark plugs/all wires as well as drive shaft all of a sudden was broken too. Both wheel hubs replaced on front of vehicle ~ service to stabilitrak numerous of times.... now I'm driving around with a tick in the motor with 120,000 miles on it..... this vehicle has turned out to be a nightmare!!!!! and of course the dealer only wants $498 to just hook up the tech 2 to let me know all that is wrong!!!!!!! wow.....I have taken great care with betsy including all scheduled maintenance to and for what I wish I knew.... just disappointed!!!

- Carlisle, OH, USA

problem #8

May 102012

Torrent 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Passenger air bag do not work when passenger is in seat.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #7

Aug 012013

Torrent

  • miles
When someone sits in the passenger sear the air bag light goes on and off frequently as well as warning on the information system. Don't want to pay big bucks for them to fix a problem they most likely knew about based on all the complaints listed on the internet about them. The 2007 has had a recall issued on it but not the 2008 which sounds like the same problem, just not fixed due to the nameplate going under. GM really needs to fix this due to the safety issues this causes not to mention people cant afford to shell out $1200 to $1500 to fix this in todays economy.

- Waterford, MI, USA

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