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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,811 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.

2004 Saturn Vue seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #11

Oct 272014

Vue 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles

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

I was on my way home in my 2004 Saturn Vue when a buck jumped out in front of me. I stomped on the brakes, however, I ended up hitting the buck (deer) that then ran away. My entire front in was smashed in, the air bags never deployed, the seat belts didn't lock when I stomped on the breaks. My daughter and I were both in the front seats and we both went forward messing up both of our necks and backs.

- Basehor , KS, USA

problem #10

Jul 012007

Vue

  • 30,000 miles
Involved in a front end collison on highway and airbag failed to deploy. Vehicle repaired but approximately 3 years ago the airbag light came on and stays on. There is also a scraping noise coming out of steering coulmn when turning the wheel. Internet research indicates this is a widely known problem. No recall notice ever sent out by GM.

- Longmont , CO, USA

problem #9

May 252013

Vue

  • miles
TL * the contact owns a 2004 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that the air bag light continuously illuminated and the vehicle accelerated independently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Salisbury, NC, USA

problem #8

Sep 092009

Vue 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles

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

I had an accident and my air bags did not deploy, I was injured my face nose & neck, also my key comes out of ignition while vehicle is

- Eastpointe, MI, USA

problem #7

Oct 012013

Vue 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Traveling at 65mph the key & key fob fell out of the ignition. I was able to slow down but had lost power steering, power brakes, and the airbags would not have deployed. I was able to get to the shoulder of the road.

- Boulder, CO, USA

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problem #6

Jun 042005

Vue

  • miles
I have contacted GM several times to be passed on, hoping I will go away. I have had several problems with my Saturn a new transmission was installed at 8,500 miles. After the warranty I had to replace the main brain. I called approximately 2 months ago to tell them about the ignition switch. My key will pull right out while the car is running and my air bag light comes on. They want me to pay to see what is going on. I know this model isn't in the recall, but I have spoken to [xxx] who's wife has one and a friend of mine his brothers does the same thing. They don't want to admit that there is a problem with the ignition. It also stalls and has that was why they replaced the main brain. I feel like my vehicle is a death trap and I am stuck in it and hoping I don't get killed while driving it. I want an investigation into this make and model. I don't want to become one the statistics because GM won't admit that there is problem like they have with all the other recalled vehicles. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Salisbury, MD, USA

problem #5

Feb 202012

Vue 6-cyl

  • 122,422 miles

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

Upon entering my 2004 Saturn Vue and closing the driver door, both side curtain airbags deployed. The vehicle was not in motion, had not experienced any impact, and no one else was in the vehicle at the time of the incident.

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #4

Sep 062008

Vue

  • 108,500 miles
Airbag light come on and stay on more often than not. The dealer can't track it down.

- West Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #3

Jun 272007

Vue 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Saturn Vue. On June 27, 2007, while driving approximately 60 to 70 mph, the gear cable failed. The contact called 911 and the dispatcher instructed her on how to stop the vehicle before a crash occurred. The vehicle has had many failures since it was purchased and was previously repaired under a recall for the suspension. One week ago, the horn sounded on its own at 2 am. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they found a defect in the horn and air bags. The recall number was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 37,000.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #2

May 042005

Vue 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 26,000 miles
Another car going wrong way on free way struck my vehicle and I ended up striking the median with the front of my car the air bags in my car did not deploy I was driving a 2004 Saturn Vue standard shift vehicle.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #1

Nov 112005

Vue 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,000 miles
I was stopped at a stop sign behind another vehicle in my 2004 Saturn Vue when a Suburban rear-ended me at approximately 40+ miles per hour. I then hit the SUV that was stopped in front of me - and we both went approximately 100 feet forward from the stop sign. The impact totaled my truck to the point of the rear was crushed to the back seat and the front frame was broken in half with about a 1 inch gap. My issues with the safety are: The drivers side seat broke nearly all the way back into the rear seat to the right with the seat sliding back and forth. The air bags did not deploy - yes, I was originally rear-ended - however the impact to the front was extensive as well. The driver's seat belt did not engage causing me to hit my face and head against the steering wheel causing severe neck pain (a cervical sprain) and a broken nose requiring surgery to repair.

- Spring, TX, USA

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