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NHTSA — Air Bags: Frontal Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,956 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 Saturn Vue seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #14

Nov 202010

Vue 6-cyl

  • 68,500 miles


2006 Saturn Vue passenger airbag sensor indicates off intermittently when adult is seated. Also, the passenger heated seat inoperable. Airbag indicator on main dash illuminated when passenger light is off or during absence of passenger. Diagnosis code of B0092 presented and dealer recommends replacement of airbag sensor and seat cushion.

- Tullahoma, TN, USA

problem #13

Jun 012010

Vue 4-cyl

  • 47,840 miles
Passenger airbag warning light on episodically. Taken to GM service center, 1 June 2010. To date, 2 July 2010, the part has not arrived and was told I could drive the car but without a passenger until the part comes in.

- Mililani, HI, USA

problem #12

Jun 132010


  • 35,000 miles
2006 Saturn view, light for driver's side airbag on nearly 100% of time. Previously only noted issue during wet conditions but now is permanent problem. Also have noted that the passenger side airbag light will blink from on to off with or without a passenger in the seat.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #11

Oct 102009


  • 55,000 miles


2006 Saturn Vue passenger seat air bag sensor failed, cost is over $1000 to repair. Until repaired, the air bag on passenger side does not function!

- Strongsville, OH, USA

problem #10

May 312008


  • miles
Our 2006 Saturn Vue was purchased from a Saturn dealership with just over 36000 miles on it and had this airbag light problem when purchased. We didn't know it was a problem until after we had it for a while. The passenger airbag light is in the off position almost all the time and once in a while when an adult is in the seat will switch rapidly back and forth but only on momentarily. The airbag light on the dash cluster is also illuminated when the passenger light is in the off position.

- Hollister, MO, USA

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problem #9

Jun 172008


  • 60,000 miles
I own a 2006 Saturn Vue. The passenger airbag "off" light remains illuminated or toggles between off and on when there is an adult in the passenger seat. This seems to have nothing to do with the posture of this person or their weight. The light (indicating air bag off) is usually lighted when there is a passenger in the seat. Vehicle was purchased used from a non GM dealer who states there are no trouble codes. Obviously I do not feel safe transporting my family in this vehicle.

- Hamburg, NY, USA

problem #8

Sep 122009


  • 57,050 miles


My wife's 2006 Saturn Vue went out of control on a rainy road and hit a tree at direct impact. The airbag never deployed. Thank god she and my son wasn't killed and only suffered minor injuries.

- East Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #7

Jun 122009


  • 41,000 miles
The front passenger seat airbag is disabled at approx. 160 lbs. Otherwise the system appears to work correctly. Over time, either the sensor or the seat structure has changed and now leaves the passenger at risk even though the passenger is clearly an adult! the auto is out of warranty and the dealer requires payment even though this is a critical safety problem.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #6

Mar 012009


  • 80,000 miles
When an adult is seated on the front passenger side, the passenger side airbag sensor flicker on and off. I have received an onstar diagnostic indicating an air bag failure. It does not matter if there is anyone in the seat, the air bag warning lights continue to come on and off. This occurs every time vehicle is operated. I have taken this vehicle to Saturn dealership where purchased and they charged me $190 to diagnose the problem and quoted an additional $1200 to fix. Since this problem has been widely reported on various websites, I believe it is a recall issue and Saturn should pay for repairs.

- Poway, CA, USA

problem #5

Dec 202008


  • 62,000 miles
December 20, 2008 - driving a 2006 Saturn Vue - I was sitting at a red light in the South bound lane of route 1 - intersection contee road. When another vehicle traveling North bound route 1 - intersection contee road drove in the South bound lane of route 1 at a speed of 50-55 mph and hit my 2006 Saturn Vue (that was stopped) head on collision (frontal). The airbags in the 2006 Saturn Vue did not deploy on the drive nor the passenger side. Injuries were sustained in this accident. This vehicle is equipped with four (4) airbags that did not deploy. The 2006 Saturn Vue is not repairable - total loss. There has not been any indication or warning lights that the airbags were not functional.

- Oxon Hill, MD, USA

problem #4

Dec 202008


  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Vue. While idling at a red light, the contact's vehicle was struck head on by another vehicle traveling approximately 50 mph. None of the air bags deployed in the contact's vehicle. She notified the attorney general, manufacturer, and the center claims division. She researched several complaints on the same component for her vehicle. The contact sustained major injuries to her neck, back, and knee and is currently in physical therapy. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure and current mileages were 62,000.

- Oxon Hill, MD, USA

problem #3

Nov 012008


  • miles
2006 Saturn Vue airbag warning light is on. When an adult is sitting in the passenger seat this indicator says airbag is off. If you hit a bump sometimes the airbag on light comes on and the warning light goes off (normal condition) but soon after reverts back to the airbag warning light and passenger airbag off light on. Manual says that airbag could deploy for no reason if the warning light is on.

- Simpsonville, KY, USA

problem #2

Oct 152008


  • 25,000 miles
I own a 2006 Saturn Vue AWD in the 2 years I have owned the car here is a list of what has been replaced; 3 set of front brake rotors due to excessive warping to a point where they cant be turned which resulted in a shimmy of the steering wheel when the brakes are applied that keeping control was almost impossible. 2)rear wheel bearings at 25,000mi. 3) front strut mounts also at 25,000 mi. 4) pass seat air bag/seat heater module($907 one wont work without the other) 5) rear wiper motor6) windshield washer pump 6) gas tank vent valve solenoid switch (this makes the engine light com on) 7)3 yes 3 radios. 8) upper pass. Seat heater element.

- Watertown, CT, USA

problem #1

Jun 202008


  • 36,000 miles
2006 Saturn Vue has been in some three times for airbag deactivation. This occurs when the passenger seat gets slightly damp and is a safety issue in Florida. GM says to not get the seat damp.

- St. Augustine, FL, USA

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