10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,534 miles

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1997 Buick LeSabre seat belts / air bags problems

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1997 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #16

Jan 012015

LeSabre

  • 65,000 miles

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

The horn will sound without pressing the horn button(s) when the car is in motion or unoccupied. This occurs when the weather is cold. I have researched this online and it is apparently an issue for many owners. Part of the air bag contracts during the winter months pressing on part of the horn button. The only way to shut it off is to pull the horn fuse. I am concerned this may lead to an electrical fire if the horn sounds for too long or an air bag malfunction. Also, the vehicle has to be driven without the ability to use the horn.

- Vinton, VA, USA

problem #15

Dec 222015

LeSabre

  • 197,000 miles
The contact owns a 1997 Buick Lesabre. The contact stated that while the vehicle was parked and the key was turned in the ignition switch, the driver side air bag deployed. The contact stated that approximately 20 minutes later the passenger side air bag also deployed. The driver sustained facial cuts, bruises, a fractured cheekbone and whiplash that required medical attention. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 197,000. The VIN was not available.

- Bradford, PA, USA

problem #14

Mar 262015

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 235,550 miles
I was driving the car slowing down for an intersection and the driver side airbag deployed without warning. The horn began to blow and while looking for a spot to safely pull over, the passenger side airbag deployed.

- Bellville, OH, USA

problem #13

Nov 042014

LeSabre

  • 56,000 miles

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

Airbag pushing against horn button causing horn to sound at various times. Car purchased used from Buick dealer, their airbag recall does not go as far back as 1997!

- Hobe Sound , FL, USA

problem #12

May 292013

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 159,000 miles
My boyfriend was driving my car. I was in the passenger's seat. We had just pulled away from the curb and were going about 20 mph. For no reason, the passenger's side airbag deployed. We didn't hit anything, and nothing hit us. We pulled over and got out. The car was filled with smoke. I had pain in my abdomen and couldn't hear out of my right ear. The windshield on my side of the car(passenger's side) was broken from the impact. He took me to the local er to be checked out and I was examined and released with contusions of right knee, abdomen and right ear. It was a terrifying experience and scared us both very much. I reported this to my insurance carrier the next morning. My boyfriend was not injured.

- Green Island, NY, USA

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problem #11

Sep 012005

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles
The consumer stated the horn will not stop blowing, and the air bag assembly is making a noise. The sound is coming out of the steering wheel. When driving the horn just starts blowing out of nowhere, it just starts blowing, specifically states the consumer. When pressing the horn pad it will stop sometimes. One has to press in a certain spot. The car is a 1997 Buick Lesabre. The consumer is going to call and see what GM can do. This has been happening for two weeks.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #10

Feb 102003

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

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

Airbag deployment caused dislocated broken thumb and possible permanent injury. On second passenger, severe tinnintus possibly from air bag explosion.

- Lorton, VA, USA

problem #9

Sep 032002

LeSabre

  • miles
Consumer states that while driving without warning the air bag inadvertently deployed. Dealer notified.

- Shelby, OH, USA

problem #8

Jul 252002

(reported on)

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Horn stopped working on vehicle. Owner took vehicle into dealership to get horn repaired. He was shocked when told by dealership that his air bag was inoperative. Owner expresses concern due to him not knowing how long his air bag was non-functional.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #7

Feb 012002

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intermittently horn doesn't blow. Dealer diagnosed air bag as the cause. Dealer was notified.

- Lady Lake, FL, USA

problem #6

Dec 201999

LeSabre

  • miles

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

The integration of the air bag system to the horn failed causing the horn to sound very loudly continuously.

- Apple River, IL, USA

problem #5

Nov 291998

LeSabre

  • miles
Car surged forward when pulling into a parking space, airbags did not deploy.

- Chino, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 081999

(reported on)

LeSabre

  • miles
Automatic door openers. Air bag lights.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 041996

(reported on)

LeSabre

  • miles
Consumer sits too close to steering column to be able to use the air bag safely.concern about air bag (other than short person). Added on 09-07-1999.

- Homosassa, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 101997

(reported on)

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag deployment was violent, causing injuries to the driver: Cuts on throat, chin and mouth, bruises on chest, left arm and hand, broken right finger.

- Bonita, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 181997

LeSabre

  • miles
While driving down the street about 25 mph a truck smashed the consumer's vehicle front and air bag did not deploy. The comsumer refused go to hospital.

- South Palm Beach, FL, USA

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