2008 Buick Enclave seat belts / air bags NHTSA complaints: Air Bags

NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

2008 Buick Enclave (Page 3 of 3)

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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,924 miles

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2008 Buick Enclave Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #19

Mar 292014


  • 65,668 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Buick Enclave. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the air bag off indicator illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the front passenger's occupancy seat cushion would need to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 65,668.

- Downers Grove , IL, USA

problem #18

May 062013


  • 47,311 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Buick Enclave. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician diagnosed that the passenger air bag sensor was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the defect. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 47,311. The current mileage was 51,520.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #17

Dec 162013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Buick Enclave. The contact stated while that driving approximately 30 mph, the air bag warning indicator illuminated. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 14V118000 (air bags) but did not confirm if the vehicle was included in the recall. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was not available. Contact also stated that vehicle will roll back on hill with foot on gas.

- Boglausa, LA, USA

problem #16

Oct 012008


  • 500 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Buick Enclave. The contact stated that the passenger's side air bag deactivated warning light was illuminated while the passenger's seat was occupied. The failure was recurring and 50 percent of time that the failure occurred was when the seat was occupied. The vehicle was taken to a dealer but the defect could not be repaired. The contact was informed by the dealer that the defect was due to a design error in the airbag system that the manufacturer was aware of, but there was no repair available for the defect. The manufacturer was notified and no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 500.

- Elkhart, IN, USA

problem #15

Oct 082013

Enclave 6-cyl

  • 71,737 miles
Had warning in the dic. Warning was service air bag. I had a bulletin that said vehicles may exhibit wear which could lead to corrosion in the connector terminal pins at the connection between the body main wiring harness and the front driver and passenger side impact air bag. Brought vehicle in to bill walsh GM superstore and they found another defective part - they replaced passenger seat presence module at a cost to me of $400. Wanting to know if there are others who have been sold a car that had defective air bags. I bought this vehicle new and it has never been in an accident, however the air bags became defective over time.

- Ottawa, IL, USA

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problem #14

Jun 012011

Enclave 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Passenger side airbag sensor in seat cushion has failed. Airbag will not operate in a crash. Manufacturer will not cover the cost of repairs.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #13

May 022013


  • 76,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Buick Enclave. The contact stated that the air bag warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to dealer for diagnostic testing, who stated that the front passenger side air bag sensor failed. The failure was not repaired. The failure was reported to the manufacturer. The failure and current mileage was 76,000.

- Mandeville, LA, USA

problem #12

Apr 272013

Enclave 6-cyl

  • 115,700 miles
An audible "sloshing" sound had been detected for some time but origin/exact location of sound not identified. When parking car after driving in thunderstorm all warning systems lights flashed, radio stopped, and radio and turn signals failed. Car did restart after sitting for brief period of time and systems worked except for xm radio. Took vehicle to Buick dealer who diagnosed problem as leaking windshield, removed and reinserted fuse for xm radio, and referred to company who had replaced windshield several months before. Windshield company determined windshield not leaking, but drained water from motor blower and blew out drainage tubes. One week later, water started to pour on to passenger floor mat. Warning lights for all systems flashed and electrical system shut down and care would not restart for a few minutes (and could not connect to onstar). When car restarted, lights did work, but turn signal indicators inside car did not, nor did speedometer, power windows, passenger airbag, etc. Had to drive 60 miles to dealership without these working. Paid to have "foam seal" replaced to prevent rain from entering car (the presumed source of problem). They also claimed to have drained water from motor blower housing cleared tubing. On the way home from repair, water again poured from area of motor blower onto passenger floor mat, and once again, electrical systems not working. Buick still does not know where water is coming from, [but believes that since electrical systems working fine...after sitting there for 24 hrs...everything is fine. Obviously it is not. I have seen numerous similar complaints online dating as far back as 3 years. I will add that this follows 2 years of dealing with stabilitrak...which is supposed to be a "safety" system but can be life threatening when the car suddenly reduces power in heavy traffic and/or no maintenance lane.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #11

Aug 272012

Enclave 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Vehicle hit a stationary object, telephone pole, in the center of the front bumper. The vehicle was totaled by the insurance company. The issue are the air bags of which none activated. Vehicle had a history of air bag recall and warning lights repair. Vehicle was repaired by the dealer on 1/18/11 for the recall at 42,968 miles. Previous repairs were at the dealer and not from the recall. My concern is there are additional air bag recalled vehicles on the road, which the owner felt the recall solved the problem. They may have an issue if involved in an accident as the repairs did not solve the problem on my car.

- Willis, TX, USA

problem #10

Sep 172012


  • 52,500 miles
The passenger side airbag is off while an adult is sitting in the seat. Does not reset after the adult adjusts their posture in the seat. Based on my internet searches, this appears to be a problem that many owners have reported. If there is a crash, the passenger would not be protected because the airbag is off.

- Vail, AZ, USA

problem #9

Feb 012012

Enclave 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


Our 2008 Buick Enclave began leaking water onto and under the dashboard from the sunroof. Not only has this been a known problem since 2008, but there was an actual recall that year to fix this leak. For some reason our VIN number was excluded from the original recall but it is experiencing the exact same issues that the recall was to address. This leak can cause several safety issues including corrosion and failure of airbag systems, the fuse panel, the blower motor that operates the defrost/defog function, and a buildup of mold and mildew. The dealer told me that my fuse panel is shot and needs to be replaced. I suspect that I have other damaged electrical components as well. I have attached the url's of several sites which reference the extent to which this problem is occurring with these vehicles. It is obvious that the initial recall did not cover all of the vehicles with the underlying problem and now we are stuck with a dealer quote for $1900 repair that does not include the blower motor and airbags. I would appreciate a prompt response as I can't drive in the rain and am concerned about hidden damage that could affect the car's safety. Thanks. www.youtube.com/watch"V=fnykjlhusxi video of water-damaged damaged blower motor due to this known problem with the leaking sunroofs. www.enclaveforum.net/index.php?topic=3411.0 contains the 2008 Enclave recall notice www.faqs.org/car/Buick-Enclave-2008/visibility/ lists the GM technical bulletins for this Enclave leak issue www.enclaveforum.net/index.php?topic=2039.0 34 pages of posts regarding the leaking sunroof issue townhall-talk.edmunds.com/webx?14@189.V7qqaxgahvh@.F17fc13/53#msg53 several pages of complaints on an edmunds forum www.edmunds.com/search/results.html"Q=Enclave+sunroof+leaks&src=usergen&ac=&X=29&Y=11 etc.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #8

May 012012

Enclave 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
My wife weighs 120#. during normal driving the passenger airbag on and off light is erratic at best. Once set to off while driving even bouncing up and down won't turn the airbags back on.

- Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA

problem #7

Jul 292008


  • 5,287 miles
The air bag light keeps turning on I have brought it to the dealer on 4 different occasions. They fix the connectors but it keeps happening.. it is now the 5th time the previous time were as follows. July 29 08, Nov 13 08, Dec 13 10, April 25 12, this is a safety issue that should have a recall. The first 3 times it was fixed under warranty the last time I was charged for the fix.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #6

Oct 012007


  • 1 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Buick Enclave. While parked with a passenger seated in the passenger seat, the air bag light warning light was illuminated. The failure recurred intermittently and the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on numerous occasions. The dealer advised the contact that the passenger would need to weigh at least 125 pounds in order to activate the air bag. The vehicle was repaired several times for the failure to no avail and the failure persisted. The failure mileage was 1 and the current mileage was 46,000. Updated 05/24/11 updated 2/9/12

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #5

Nov 202007


  • 100 miles
The passenger airbag indicator inconsistently registers off when my wife or others sit in the passenger seat of our 2008 Buick Enclave. We have taken it to the dealer many times and they say it is working as designed. GM is ignoring this safety issue. We are very concerned that this protection system is not working properly.

- Forest City, NC, USA

problem #4

Apr 082009


  • 15,000 miles
I own a 2008 Buick Enclave and twice now in less than four months my air bag service light has come on. Both times I have taken the car to the dealers and both times they have cleared the code and have not fixed the problem. They seem to lack the technical know how or willingness to fix this problem. According to the service advisor this is a common problem with this vehicle and I am surprised that GM is not taking this safety problem seriously.

- Davie, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 222008

Enclave 6-cyl

  • miles
Ltr re problems he is having with the airbag system in his 2008 Buick Enclave. The consumer stated the service air bag light illuminated. The consumer thought the problem was fixed the first time, but the air bag light illuminated again. The consumer believed the dealer was just clearing the codes and not trying to find out what the cause of the problem was.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 012008


  • 1,400 miles
My airbag sensor light came on and I immediately took it to the dealer. I was told the part was on order. After not hearing anything for 10 days I called and was told that the part would not be available for 5-6 weeks. I have a new vehicle without a properly functioning airbag and the only thing GM could do was give me a rental car. I am concerned because after researching this I discovered that this is not a problem with only my Enclave but also with others. I also found that there was a similar problem in the acadia and there was a recall but nothing is being done by GM regarding the Enclave. When I tried to contact the GM executive office I was told that there was nothing else they could do and I could either drive a rental car or drive my car without the airbag.

- Pawleys Island, SC, USA

problem #1

May 302008


  • 5,501 miles
The front passenger airbag system on my '08 Buick Enclave cxl does not activate 100% of the time when the seat is occupied. I have taken it to the dealership where I purchased the car twice and was told there was nothing wrong. They told me that they had at least three other Enclaves in the shop at the same time as mine with the same complaint and that nationwide, other Enclaves owners were making the same complaint. They told me that if the passenger does not sit in a certain exact position, with their legs in a certain position, the system will not activate. This does not allow for any variables, such as height, weight and body shape. I find this to be a totally unacceptable and quite dangerous inherent design flaw on a new model of car.

- Orlando, FL, USA

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