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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,323 miles

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2006 Saturn Vue seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Saturn Vue Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #63

Nov 012015


  • miles


Takata recall. My airbag light has been on consistently for the past few months. Came on one day I got in the car to leave for work it went off and came back on several days later and has been on ever since. I reached out to Saturn to be told there is no recall on this issue, even though I have seen several complaints online about it. I was told I needed to set and appointment to have it looked at, which would cost $100 just to look at it. I have noticed people online paying over $1000 to have the light issue repaired to have the same issue again. Now I cannot pass inspection because of the indicator staying on.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #62

Jun 072014


  • 86,000 miles
Takata recall? my 2006 Saturn Vue airbag systems light keeps coming on and then will go off. It's been doing this for years with no accident in car history. Wondering if it(airbags) will go off in the middle of driving or not go off when it needs to.

- Coleridge, NE, USA

problem #61

May 242016


  • 53,233 miles
We just purchased a 2006 Saturn Vue, one owner, low miles (53,000). Had an auto check done and was happy it hasn't been in an accident and the auto check stated that there were no recalls. After having for two weeks the air bag warning light started coming on and indicating that there is a problem with the airbag system. This has happened several times. So I did some research on the internet about the subject and was shocked to see that this is a recurring problem that there seems to be no recall on. The research shows that airbags are not inflating or operating properly. Now I'm concerned about the safety of our vehicle and not having funds to repair such an expensive problem since GM has quit making the Saturn. Please initiate a recall, so many lives depend on this.

- Hartford, KY, USA

problem #60

May 092016


  • 40,000 miles


While driving home from a vacation trip we noticed the passenger seat belt light was brightly lit as on. At the same time I noticed the bright light indicator was showing to be on. After a while both lights turned off. In a short while, both lights appeared on again. Later, it happened again. I then took the headlights off of"always on" and the bright light indicator went out but the passenger seat belt light stayed on. When I turned the headlights back on the bright light indicator came back on. The odometer just turned over to the 40K mark. The vehicle doesn't get that much driving. Since we are currently dealing with airbag issues, based on the takata recall, we are very nervous of what we might be dealing with on the Saturn Vue.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #59

Jan 022013


  • miles
Airbag warning light won't go off or service light.

- Houston, TX, USA

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problem #58

Oct 292015


  • 155,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that the air bag warning light remained illuminated. The contact also stated that the passenger side air bag warning indicator remained illuminated with a passenger seated in the front seat. The contact further stated that there was an abnormal knocking sound in the air bag housing on the passenger side dashboard of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed; however, the dealer refused to diagnose the vehicle. The contact was informed by the service department that there was no proof of a failure in the air bag. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 155,000.

- Ewa Beach, HI, USA

problem #57

Aug 012014


  • 120,000 miles


Passenger seat sensor defective. Indicator light says air bag is off even when occupied by an adult. When seat-belt is unbuckled, does not indicate passenger is unbuckled as programmed. Able to clear problem by unbuckling, raising up out of seat, forcibly sitting down, and re-buckling.

- National City, CA, USA

problem #56

Jul 062014


  • miles
Can not turn on or off passenger side airbag using the button in above the radio and the light on the dashboard turns on every time I put something in the passenger seat. Even if it's a bottle of water my Vue is a V6 automatic with the Honda engine, but the transition between gears is not smooth at all it feels more like it's jerking into gear. When I put my car in park. I'm know one day I'm going to walk up to it and it won't be there because it will have rolled away. My Vue rolls back N forth in park on flat surfaces. So on a hill it's scarry. It rolls more than my old car that didn't even have anti lock breaks. And a lot of the time using the E-break dosnt help all that much

- Netcong, NJ, USA

problem #55

Jul 012008


  • 20,000 miles
Problem has been happening since around 2008 (maybe sooner). The air bag warning light will come on while driving, and turn off/on at random while driving at almost any speed. I've taken the vehicle to the dealer multiple times and reported the problem, and each time that are unable to reproduce the problem. This is a constant issue, yet the dealer can never find an error code on the computer or reproduce the problem, even when they kept the vehicle for multiple days.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #54

Jun 032015

Vue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Vue. While driving approximately 30 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated. In addition, the front passenger air bag warning light delayed to illuminate approximately ten minutes after the seat was occupied. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 97,000. MA 08/13/15 the consumer stated the air bag light on the dash did not come on all the time. The passenger side air bag light would not illuminate for approximately 10 minutes after driving and the speed has reached 30 mph. The passenger and driver side air bags intermittently illuminate at different times. Updated 12/1/2015

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #53

Jun 012015


  • miles


2006 Saturn Vue. Consumer writes in regards to information on vehicles defective airbag problem.

- Forked River, NJ, USA

problem #52

May 082015


  • 640,000 miles
I was driving and a truck stopped in front of me very quickly I didn't have time to stop. I hit the back end of the truck. Which had the tailgate lowered. The tail gate went through the whole front end of my car. Completely totaling my car. As a result my leg was pinned I suffered a concussion and whiplash as I hit my head on the staring wheel. My airbags didn't deploy driver or passenger side. The indicator light on the dash said the air bag was off for passenger side. I had a passenger in the car and neither air bag came out causing serious damage to my head and neck

- Mcminnville, TN, USA

problem #51

Mar 142015


  • 74,101 miles
Passenger air bag indicator on dash indicates the passenger air bag is off and the dash instrument cluster has the air bag warning light illuminated. Periodicaly te system appears to work but shortly thereafter returns to the warning status with person occupying the passenger seat.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #50

Mar 052015

Vue 6-cyl

  • 116,400 miles
I had just dropped off a co-worker when my passenger side air bag and seat belt light came back on with no one in the seat. I went down the road a few miles and the lights went off. I went a little further down the road when they came back on again. The next day the same thing happened except this time the lights remained on until the vehicle was parked and the engine turned off. This has happened twice so far, the first time March 4, 2015, and the second incident on March 5, 2015. I have had passengers in the seat before without the light coming back on after they have gotten out. This is a new problem that I have just recently experienced. I have only had the vehicle five months so I do no know if this has happened prior to me owning it. I will be taking it to a garage to be checked out if this happens again to try and duplicate the problem.

- Corland , NY, USA

problem #49

Feb 182015


  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Vue. While driving approximately 55 mph, the seat belt and air bag warning lights illuminated. In addition, the passenger side air bag was not activated when the seat was occupied. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 109,000.

- Edgewood, KY, USA

problem #48

Jan 092014

Vue 6-cyl

  • 1,000,000 miles
Able to take key out of the ignition while driving. Bells go off opposite of what they should; when key is out after car is parked the alarm rings when door is opened. Passenger airbag reads off always. Passenger rear door will not close unless using extreme forse.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #47

Nov 062014


  • 75,000 miles
I have the same problem!!!! sometimes the passenger airbag will not turn on and the light on the dash says the airbag is off when a person is sitting there. I found that if you unbuckle your seat belt and get out and back into the seat it sometimes resets the light. Several people have posted the same unsafe condition. See-- "about 6 months ago the air bag indicator light for the passenger side started to become inconsistent in its on/off stages. We thought it was just the age of the car, but Saturn is no longer in existence, so we felt there wasn't much we could do. After reading some of the recent complaints about the 2006 Vue (on this site), we felt it necessary to advise that we also have similar experiences with the air bag indicator light for passenger side." Don't know if the airbag will work?

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #46

Aug 292014


  • 55,000 miles
About 6 months ago the air bag indicator light for the passenger side started to become inconsistent in its on/off stages. We thought it was just the age of the car, but Saturn is no longer in existence, so we felt there wasn't much we could do. After reading some of the recent complaints about the 2006 Vue (on this site), we felt it necessary to advise that we also have similar experiences with the air bag indicator light for passenger side.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #45

Oct 042014

Vue 6-cyl

  • 113,500 miles
I started my car and as usual the airbag light flashed like it always does. However, the airbag light remained lit up, but the passenger airbag light never lit up as being "on" even though there was a passenger in the seat. I read up on the matter and saw that a lot of Saturn Vue's have had this problem and that it could be electrical and very costly. However, a recall has never been issued even though the manual clearly states that it could be an "electrical" issue and to have the matter taken care of "immediately!" how is it safe for a company to sell a car knowing full well that there could be and have been reported cases of issues with the airbags. The manual went on to say that it could result in the airbag deploying on its own without even being in an accident! so what I'm gathering is that instead of fixing a problem by issuing a recall the company would rather have people driving their cars, quite possibly on an expressway that has a speed limit of 65 mph and with family or friends in the car, have the airbag deploy on its own and cause an accident: Which in turn can turn into a trial suing the company costing them more money than it would to fix the issue! seeing as this is my only vehicle and that I don't have the cash to shell out to fix this and that it's an ongoing problem with this vehicle, I think the company needs to issue a recall and have it fixed or face a lawsuit by many unsatisfied customers.

- Canandaigua, NY, USA

problem #44

Aug 092013

Vue 4-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
I have a 2006 Saturn Vue with ignition and airbag sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) issues. I have checked online at the GM recall website, called my dealer twice and filed a claim at the GM recall hotline. I am frustrated with the lack of or slow response to this problem and I do not understand why our model year was left out of the recall cycle. My situation: My ignition became increasing tight/stiff/locked to where I could not turn my key or pull it out. I would have to shake the car or key to get it to turn on. My key can slide right out of the ignition while the car is running, (but sometimes I can't pull it out). I have also returned to my car and found it running twice now and noticed it was not totally in the off position anymore). At the same time my airbag indicator light became intermittent and finally stayed on. Our mechanic notified us that the airbag sensing and diagnotic module (SDM) is no longer working. A dangerous safety issue. The dealers say that parts are not currently available for my model and my mechanic can not find them either. The cost is ridiculously high! I have now been on a mission to put in complaints with the appropriate divisions in an effort to see this situation resolved. (note this website list several complaints similar to mine and others. There is something linking the ignition and the airbags: ()) the 2006 model must be included in the recall before there are serious incidences. Come on General Motors corporation. Help us life long loyal buyers out. Loyal (but disappointed) GM customer white knuckling it everyday.

- Southfield, MI, USA

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