NHTSA — Air Bags: Frontal Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,571 miles

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2003 Buick LeSabre seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 012011

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 47,000 miles


The upper dash pad is peeling from its backing, opening a 1" gap approximately a foot across, in front of the top of the steering wheel and directly behind the defroster grille housing. I have filed a complaint with GM, requesting financial assistance with repairs. GM created a case file (#71-969127956) and I was denied any assistance. I then requested to speak with the GM district rep, who also denied any assistance and would not acknowledge knowing of Buick having a problem with this component. The repair estimate I obtained is $1080.20. I first observed the problem when the vehicle had 47,000 miles. The passenger side air bag is enclosed in this pad and I am concerned that if the split in the dash extends far enough, it could cause the air bag to deploy. The vehicle now has 48,000 miles and aside from this problem, is in immaculate condition. Please advise me of any pending action NHTSA may be considering to force GM to take responsibility for this defect, which has been has also been reported to you by several other Buick owners. I would like to know that you are serious about representing the public in vehicle defect matters.

- Wexford, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 292004

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
While driving, the consumer applied the brakes and the pedal went to the floor. This caused lost of braking power. The consumer placed both feet on the brake pedal but the vehicle did not stop. Consequently the vehicle collided with another vehicle. Upon impact, both air bags did not deploy. No injuries were reported. The consumer was able to drive the vehicle to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic advised the consumer that a representative would come down to determine the cause of the problem.

- Asheboro, NC, USA

problem #1

Jul 172003

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,714 miles
I was hit head on. My vehicle a Buick Lesabre 2003 and the vehicle which hit me, a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu was totaled. The airbag on my Buick Lesabre did not deploy, thus causing me physical injuries.

- San Bruno, CA, USA

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