NHTSA — Air Bags Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,687 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.

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2007 Buick LaCrosse seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2007 Buick LaCrosse Owner Comments

problem #12

May 232014


  • 48,000 miles


The airbag warning light comes on while the car is traveling indicating the airbags are malfunctioning. It comes on and off intermittently. I brought in to the dealer and they cleared the malfunction code and it happened again. They want to change the sensor under the seat for $1250 since it is not covered by warranty. It seems to occur when the car is in motion going either up or down an incline.

- Gorham, ME, USA

problem #11

Oct 012016


  • 68,000 miles
Airbag light comes on intermittently. This is a safety concern, since appearance of this light may indicate that airbag would not deploy in the event of an impact. The dealership checked the care and cleared the code, and advised to keep an eye on this should the light come back on. I have checked online and this seems to be a pervasive issue with this particular model year and even years following this. In some cases there have been recalls that involved software issues. I spoke with the dealership and they advised that they could change the sensors, but this runs about $2500 and there is no warranty that it would resolve the issue of the intermittent appearance of the airbag light. Shouldn't this involve an official recall, since it is such a common problem for this model and shouldn't the manufacturer be researching a solution to ensure driver/passenger safety?

- New Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #10

Jul 162014


  • 26,182 miles
Intermittent air bag warning light goes on and off for passenger seat whether or not the seat is occupied. This has continued for two years. On-star failure code is always B0092. I took the Buick to a dealer who attempted to fix it twice without luck. The thrid trip for a "fix" would have cost me $ 1,200 without any guarantees. It still is in use but I now keep my fingers crossed. This happens when parked or driving.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #9

Feb 182015

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


The contact owned a 2007 Buick Lacrosse. While driving approximately 3 mph, the contact's vehicle was struck by another vehicle. The air bags deployed. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent body shop. The contact stated that puncture wounds were present and were believed to be metal fragments from the air bags. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000. Updated 07/12/16 updated 07/19/16.

- Durham, CT, USA

problem #8

Jan 012013


  • 50,000 miles
Takayuki inflator so. Airbag warning light comes on most of the time while driving. Took to dealer twice and told nothing wrong or airbag could fail. Nothing was fixed.

- Laplace, LA, USA

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problem #7

Nov 032015


  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Buick Lacrosse. While driving at various speeds, the passenger side air bag warning indicator illuminated. The contact stated that the failure occurred intermittently and had done so on several occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 77,000....updated 02/04/16

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #6

Jul 312015


  • 50,000 miles


The seat belt light for the passenger seat come on intermittently with or without anybody sitting in the seat. When this happens when someone is sitting in the seat the air bag light switches from on to off.

- Fowlerville, MI, USA

problem #5

Oct 012014


  • 85,000 miles
Sometimes when I am driving my icon for the airbags is illuminated on my dash, which I suppose means that my air bags are not activated. When I went to andy mohr Buick in fishers, in. 46038, I questioned them about it. And they said they did not know what was causing it, and they would have to put it on the analyzer and find out what was wrong and that could cost several hundreds of dollars. So I call GM and they paid for it. I was told that it was the personal body module and would run around $1300. I new about the key recall and thought that might have something to do with it. So I waited until Buick fixed my key problem, but the airbag did not go away. Then the next (light recall) came up, which is still not remedied so I do not know if that is not a part of the problem. Since, I bought the car from my elderly neighbor, she said that she complained about it several times to the Buick dealer, (andy mohr) and they did not do anything. They told her that whenever it happens to bring the car into the dealership. Well, with all intermittent problems it is very hard for a person to get the car to the dealer while it is happening. And all of these diagnostic charges are very expensive. And if you pay for a repair and then there is a recall, you never get your money back from the manufacture. Read some of your complaints and you will see that I am right, so the poor consumer has to wait and drive an unsafe vehicle until the slow wheels of government finally make the manufacture do the right thing and fix the problem. I am still waiting 8 months for the exterior lighting repair. Does some one have to be killed before we get action.

- Fishers, IN, USA

problem #4

Nov 032014

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 32,811 miles
Airbag flash red light on dash, charged $1,248.53 to replace passenger presence module kit 19258129.

- Oldsaybrook, CT, USA

problem #3

Nov 292011

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 53,700 miles
Returning from a mi trip on pa rt 80, noticed passenger air bag warning light was off. Since that time, the air bag light has been intermittently effective (see diagnostic check on dealer billing). Recently, deputy administrator [xxx] has testified a defect was the result of inaccurate suppression read by the air bag module which activates the seat bag. We have been traveling since, unsure the passenger was covered by an active bag. Please advise of any information available to assist in identifying this problem. Thank you. (dealer... billing is sent under separate cover)...updated 11-24/14 updated 5/1/2015 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Perkasie, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 292010

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 26,000 miles
My wife is handicapped has had multiple back surgeries and needs to sit on a cushion on the passenger side of the vehicle. When she sits on a cushion the airbag light says the airbag is not on. The vehicle was taken to palm auto mall Buick in 2010 where they replaced the sensor in the seat. It still says that the airbag is off when she sits on the cushion. I contacted GM in spring of 2012 and was told that there was nothing they could do to remedy the problem. This is very dangerous if in fact the airbag is off.

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 022010


  • 45,555 miles
2007 Buick la crosse, 45, 544 miles. Intermittent operation and failure of air bag passive restraint system indicator system and indicator lights. Initially, passenger seat light and failure light work intermittently indicating either system failure or trouble and or problem when passenger seat is occupied or vacant. Both dash indicator lights will cycle on and off for occupied or vacant passenger seat. Currently the dash indicator light is staying lit red indicating a system fault or failure. User accessible connections and harnesses verified to be connected. No vehicle collisions or incidents. Will request diagnostics from Buick dealership where purchased.

- Marilla, NY, USA

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