NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

2008 Saturn Sky (Page 2 of 3)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,865 miles

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2008 Saturn Sky seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Saturn Sky Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #34

Feb 202016


  • 71,000 miles


Was rear ended at high rate of speed then hard impact on front end while I was stopped--no deployment of my air bags--5 car accident other car air bags deployed, was on a highway. Ignition switch replaced prior to accident per recall. Accident and police reports were filed,

- West Linn, OR, USA

problem #33

Jan 122016


  • 96,275 miles
Air bag warning light has come on in my Saturn Sky and stays on. I drive a 2008 Sky so the vehicle is not even 10 years old and should not be having problems with airbags. A "service airbag" message appears on center console. From research I've done this is very common on the Saturn Sky model and can be a huge safety issue since the passenger airbag will not deploy if car is in an accident. The estimated cost to fix the sensor is about $1,000. This is a huge consumer safety issue and there needs to be a recall to fix this issue.

- Hutto, TX, USA

problem #32

Feb 022015


  • 29,000 miles
The passenger air bag seat sensor does not work. The car only has 39,000 miles on it and has been extremely well maintained. GM is charging $$900-$1000 to repair the broken sensor. The passenger airbag will not deploy and invites injury. This is clearly a safety issue and should be recalled immediately.

- Keller, TX, USA

problem #31

Feb 202015


  • 49,000 miles


The air bag warning light is on at all times and "service air bag" appears in the driver information center and must be cleared after each start. The issue has been determined to be a faulty passenger presence sensor located in the bottom of the passenger seat. This has now rendered the passenger airbag inoperative at all times and possibly affects the safe operation of the entire SRS system. After doing some research online, this is a very, very common problem with the Saturn Skys and Pontiac solstices. It is very expensive to fix (around $800-$1000 for parts and labor) and apparently the replacement part has an equally short life expectancy and seems to develop the exact same problem for most of those that have replaced it thus far (according to research done online). This creates a very dangerous situation particularly since these 2 seat cars are quite small with plastic body components therefore making the airbags a necessity in a collision. GM, as well as their dealers are very aware of this problem but appear to be doing nothing to remedy the situation. Clearly it is NHTSA's duty to force their hand and make them recall these cars and replace these parts with a redesigned part that will work properly and that has an acceptable service life!

- Mount Dora, FL, USA

problem #30

May 042015


  • 69,000 miles
The passenger air bag seat sensor is no longer working. The car is low on miles and has been well maintained and cared for. GM apparently has a high failure rate for this part and is charging $800-$900 for the fix. I cannot afford the replacement of the broken sensor. If I have an accident, the passenger airbag will not deploy.

- Coral Gables, FL, USA

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problem #29

Sep 152015


  • 98,500 miles
Passenger presence module not working

- Watkinsville, GA, USA

problem #28

Oct 162015


  • 36,000 miles


While driving on a trip up North, the air bag light came on and "service air bag" appeared in the driver information center. After taking into get fixed, the issue is a faulty sensor in the passenger seat, rendering the passenger airbag useless. After doing some research online, this is happening a lot with the Saturn Skys. It is very expensive to fix (around $1000) and very dangerous, and should be a recall.

- Linden, MI, USA

problem #27

Apr 112014


  • 55,000 miles
Passenger side occupancy sensor failed, and airbag will not deploy in the event of a crash even with someone sitting in the seat. Began as a random failure, switching from failed to operational on each start. Ultimately, stayed in failed condition. Upon starting the vehicle, dash warning appears warning of system failure. Dealer acknowledges this as a known issue, and research suggests hundreds of GM owners suffer the same issue. Only suggested remedy was a $900-$1000 replacement by dealer.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #26

Aug 032015


  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Sky. The contact stated that while starting the vehicle, the air bag warning light illuminated. In addition, the service air bag warning message was displayed across the message board. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The failure mileage was 26,000.

- Linn Creek , MO, USA

problem #25

Jul 092015


  • 44,500 miles
My 2008 Saturn Sky only has 44,000 miles on it. I bought the extended warranty but because I garage it in bad weather it is no longer under warranty. I am paying $1100 this week to replace the passenger air bag sensor. This is ridiculous that I am paying for something this important when the car still has the original tires on it because it is so well taken car of. The only reason I am paying this is because of the importance of safety and this should be a GM problem not mine. Shame on GM, since other cars with this issue have been recalled.

- Clinton, MO, USA

problem #24

Apr 012014


  • miles


Service air bag light is on. Local dealership want around $1000 to repair. I have researched online and have seen tons of complaints that are similar to mine. Please research this faulty airbag or faulty sensor problem. Please check this website for more complaints:

- Mount Hope, WV, USA

problem #23

Jan 142015


  • 39,000 miles
The passenger seat air bag sensor has failed. If you do research you will see a high percentage of Saturn Sky's and it's sister platform car the Pontiac solstice has had numerous failures due to a defective sensor module. Other manufactures that use the same module (like BMW) have issued recalls on this safety issue. If you compel GM to provide you with the number of repairs they have done on these cars you will see that the failure is wide spread and happens even on low mileage rarely used cars. GM should has failed to respond to this safety issue and should be forced to do a recall on the passenger airbag seat sensor.

- Oxford, FL, USA

problem #22

Mar 032014

Sky 4-cyl

  • 36,157 miles
Service air bag warning light for no apparent reason.

- Lyons, OR, USA

problem #21

Feb 172015

Sky 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Passenger occupancy seat sensor failed. GM will not cover the $1000 repair even though this is part of the safety/airbag system and a known failure with many vehicles.

- Franklin, TN, USA

problem #20

Dec 022013

Sky 4-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
The "service air bag" message started to intermittently display. My understanding is that it is a faulty passenger presence sensor (pps), and that GM will not pay for the repair or issue a recall.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #19

Dec 232014


  • 59,000 miles
Service airbag warning light went off, this should be warranty issue.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #18

Dec 012014


  • 70,000 miles
I'm a single woman, and hardly anyone ever sits in my passenger seat. The "service air bag" light has come on out of nowhere. No one was sitting in the car when the warning light goes on. Nothing heavy (besides a few groceries from time to time) has ever been put in the seat.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #17

Oct 112014

Sky 4-cyl

  • 23,000 miles
The service air bag indicator came on for no apparent reason. Just driving down the road with my wife sitting in the passenger seat. Don't know for sure what it means but after visiting the dealer service center, I know I cannot afford the repair at this time. If GM can assure me that this is not a safety issue for my passenger then so be it. If GM cannot make this assurance, then GM needs to be recalling and repairing the safety equipment.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #16

Nov 032014


  • 67,000 miles
Driving home from the store and the service airbag warning came on and now the passenger airbag will not function. Looking on the internet this seems to be a common occurrence with a very important piece of safety equipment. I feel that with the large number of problems occurring with the passenger seat sensor that there should be a recall.

- Franklin, TN, USA

problem #15

Nov 032011

Sky 4-cyl

  • 23,794 miles
In 2011 my airbag service warning light came on. I had it repaired at no cost since it was under warranty. Today, October 12, 2014, the airbag service warning light came on again. The car has less than 45,000 miles and is no longer under warranty. I feel this is a real safety issue and definitely some kind of defect. I feel that I should not be responsible for this cost. I have done research and found other Saturn Sky owners have had the same problem. I am wondering why there has been no recall for this issue. In addition, I received a recall letter for the ignition problem and have been waiting months for parts to come in. Thank you.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

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