NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

2008 Saturn Sky (Page 1 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 1 of 3)

problem #54

Apr 012014


  • 52,841 miles


This is my third Pontiac solstice or Saturn Sky that has had the passenger air bag service light activate in the 50K miles range. Very seldom does anyone sit in the passenger seat, so wear does not seem the be the problem.

- Ocean Springs, MS, USA

problem #53

Oct 242016


  • 44,000 miles
The passenger seat sensor for the air bag failed. This problem has been reported before. This should be under recall. With the number of complaints that you have received why has then not happened.

- Mccormick, SC, USA

problem #52

Sep 162016


  • 89,000 miles
My cars air bag light came on I took it to the dealer and it would not pass state inspection due to the passenger module sensor. I had to pay over 900 dollars to get it fixed. I have heard multiply people complaining about the same issue. Therefore I think there should be a recall. I did nothing to cause this failure to happen yet I am responsible to pay for it.

- Powhatan, VA, USA

problem #51

Sep 162016


  • 61,000 miles


Passenger presence sensor is broken. Now, airbag is inactive no matter if someone is sitting in the seat.

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #50

May 102016


  • 42,000 miles
I have a 2008 Saturn Sky with 42000 miles after starting the car the airbag warning light came on and the passenger airbag is turned off light was on, after having it looked at was told it had a body code B0081 defective passenger seat pressure sensor. This repair would cost $1000 to repair and it has no recall on it and it will happen again in time. General Motors has a recall on the ignition switch and the airbags may not work in a crash it was a safety problem, well this is a safety problem with the airbags disabled and General Motors will not own up to the sensor defect until someone gets hurt or is dead

- Sebring, FL, USA

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problem #49

Jul 112016


  • miles
Passenger presence switch is not working.passenger side air bag is turned off!

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #48

Aug 052016


  • 75,789 miles


Passenger pressent sensor has failed in passanger seat. Service air bag light on in dic. Passanger air bag will not deploy in an accedent according to owners manual. Passengers will be unprotected in event of crash.

- Rialto, CA, USA

problem #47

Dec 152015


  • 69,000 miles
The passenger seat passenger presence sensor failed, and had to be replaced.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #46

Aug 092015


  • 55,000 miles
Service air bag light is on when engine starts & won't turn off. Had replaced.

- Diamondhead, MS, USA

problem #45

Jul 122016


  • 64,000 miles
Passenger seat pressure sensor failure. Failure is stationary and while moving

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #44

Jun 202016


  • 26,000 miles


Passenger pressent sensor has failed in passanger seat. Service air bag light on in dic. Passanger air bag will not deploy in an accedent according to owners manual.

- Portland, MI, USA

problem #43

May 272016


  • 59,900 miles
The airbag light came on in the car during a trip while driving on the highway. There is an internal fault in the passenger seat suppression module according to the local GM dealership. This results in no deployment of either of the airbags in the event of an accident/crash. This is a safety issue. The cost to replace this module is nearly $800.

- Indian River, MI, USA

problem #42

May 102016


  • 37,950 miles
Takata recall I started the 2008 Saturn Sky with someone seated in passenger seat, air bag light said airbag was off for passenger side and service airbag light came on. Took to GM dealer and it was diagnosed as bad module and would cost $936.62 to fix. I did have it fixed and paid the $936.62 for safety sake. This issue really needs to be addressed and on recall before someone is killed.

- Inverness,, FL, USA

problem #41

Apr 112016

Sky 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Sky. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the passenger presence module sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 32,000. Updated 06/29/16 updated 07/13/16.

- Vero Beach, FL, USA

problem #40

Apr 292011


  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Sky. When a passenger was seated in the front passenger seat, the air bag light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to more than one dealer and a permanent remedy could not be provided. One of the dealers indicated that there was a short in the tps sensor, which was causing the light failure. The dealer stated that the tps sensor and module may need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 7,000. Updated 06/29/16

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #39

Apr 012016


  • 80,000 miles
With the vehicle (2008 Saturn Sky) in motion on a highway, the "airbag service" warning appeared on the display / readout. Took the Sky to a GMC dealer and was informed the passenger presence module failed. Approx $950 to fix. If not fixed, the airbag wont diploy.

- Simpsonville, KY, USA

problem #38

Apr 172014


  • 44,000 miles
Passenger airbag seat sensor has failed. Airbag light on the dash is on, and the driver information center reads "service airbag".

- Bullard, TX, USA

problem #37

Mar 102016


  • 38,000 miles
The airbag light illuminated indicating an issue with the sensor in the passenger presence system. I had the car examined by the dealer who diagnosed a problem with the passenger presence system. The car has approximately 46K miles and at the time of the light illuminating had approximately 38K miles. The dealer stated that because the car is out of warranty, I am responsible for the cost of the repair. I elevated the issue to GM corporate who stated that they would not repair the vehicle at their cost but offered me a $1000 GM loyalty credit towards the purchase of a new vehicle. I was told that the pps defect disables the passenger airbag. This is a safety issue as it may result in a serious injury or loss of life should the airbag not deploy in an accident. The ignition switch was replaced under the recall for similar risks. At this point, I have instructed my family to not allow anyone in the passenger seat as we would not be able to safely protect a passenger in the event of an accident. This is creating a loss of use for me and my family.

- San Antoniio, TX, USA

problem #36

Mar 102016


  • 97,815 miles
My wife and I had picked up our 2008 Saturn Sky from the dealer and were about half way home, a 28 mile trip each way, when a chime went off and said that the passenger's air bag had been turned off and my info screen that had been showing me the coolant temperature was now saying ''service airbag''. long story short, GM dealer wants over $1,00 to fix. Over $500 of that is just for the switch ! after spending over 6 hours researching this problem on the internet it seems that this has happened to thousands of Sky and solstice car owners plus all kinds of other models and brands, a lot of them fixed free of charge after a recall was issued. Recall for the 2003-2007 Cadillac cts for the same issue... Nissan murano and the list goes on. Looks like most Sky and solstice owners are not having the air bag sensor in the passenger seat fixed due to the high cost and the likely hood that it is just going to break again,

- Mount Washington, KY, USA

problem #35

Mar 142016

Sky 4-cyl

  • miles
I formally request that NHTSA investigate the passenger sensing system for air bags in the 2007 to 2010 model year Saturn Sky, as well as its platform twin, the Pontiac solstice. As you will notice in the white paper attached to this complaint, there is clear evidence that there is a systemic defect in the pss, that causes them to fail. General Motors has admitted that similar problems exist in other GM cars of this era, but has refused to publicly investigate this series of cars. In a roadster, this is particularly important because these cars lack a back seat. When the pss fails, the only place a passenger can go is into a seat - a seat which now has the airbag disabled, after the pss fails. As the white paper notes, the replacement parts are just as prone to fail as the ones being installed today. I implore NHTSA to investigate and act on this matter, as approximately 100,000 of these cars were produced - and all of them are likely to eventually suffer from this defect, based on the technical data collected by the community. Thank you.

- Chico, CA, USA

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