really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,371 miles

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2004 Buick LeSabre seat belts / air bags problems

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2004 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #11

Mar 242016


  • miles


Takata recall. Car's air bags deployed when car was started. Car was in park. It was not even going to be driven only started to put down the windows. As soon as the key was turned both airbags deployed causing the dash to pop out of place and crack the windshield.

- Patrick, SC, USA

problem #10

Apr 012015


  • 98,000 miles
Top of dash (pad) is raising up off top of dash?

- Perry, MO, USA

problem #9

Apr 092015


  • 104,000 miles
I was going East on a onelane street, when the other car made a left hand turn in front of me causing the accident, my airbag did not deploy causing my seatbelt to tighten around my lower back and creating pain and sprain.if airbag did deploy I would have suffer alot less.

- Carol Stream, IL, USA

problem #8

Jul 012010


  • 55,000 miles


The dashboard on the vehicle has come loose from the grill under the window and is rising up. It has released almost all the way across the windshield and makes it difficult to see out the windshield. Also it has exposed the passenger side airbag.

- Goose Creek, SC, USA

problem #7

Jun 012012

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Top of dash board (mat, pad) is bowing up into the field of driving vision and is separating from the front part of the dashboard. The separation is creeping in the direction of the passenger airbag and there is concern that both air bags may deploy. GM refuses to recognize this issue as a defective dash problem and will do nothing to help repair/replace the part. To get a good feel for the prevalence of this issue, go to cargurus.com/cars/discussion-C5295_ds45613 and read about the problems and frustrations of dealing with GM. I have even seen other Buick driving with this problem. Why won't they admit to the problem and get them fixed??

- Harrisburg, NC, USA

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problem #6

Jun 012012

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Dashboard cover started lifting and pulling out from under windshield cowling about June 2012 and is traveling across to the passenger side where there is an airbag. I am now concerned that the lifting and creasing in front of the driver is a safety distraction and that if it continues to the passenger airbag that airbag may get set off unexpectedly, another safety hazard. It is definitely a manufacturer's defect and there are hundreds, if not thousands, of complaints of this on the internet. Is there, or will there be, a recall to fix this problem? thank you.

- Carnegie, PA, USA

problem #5

Dec 222011


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Buick Lesabre. While driving 60 miles per hour during slippery weather conditions the contact lost control of the vehicle, crashed into a ditch and a tree. The air bags did not deploy and the vehicle was destroyed. The driver and passenger were injured and transported to the hospital. A police report was filed. The manufacturer and dealer were notified of the failure, but denied any assistance with repairing the failure. The failure and current mileage was 75,000.

- Jasper, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 082011


  • miles
My brother was driving my 2004 Buick Lesabre custom and crashed into iron gate and the air bag did not deploy.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Sep 032010


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Buick Lesabre. Pressure was applied to the brake pedal and the driver pressed on the center of the steering column to activate the horn. The horn sounded and the air bag service light began illuminating on the dashboard. The vehicle was pulled over and shut off for a few moments. Upon restart the light was no longer illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure and current mileages were 115,000.

- Colchester, CT, USA

problem #2

May 022010

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) accident 05/02/10 on Illinois route 83 and washing to street in grayslake il. The incident involved a 2004 Buick Lesabre and a 1987 Dodge pickup. The impact of the accident was on the front right side of the Buick and totaled the vehicle. The VIN of the vehicle was [xxx]. the accident resulted in the passenger of the Buick and the driver of the pickup being transported to the lake forest hospital on Illinois rt 120 in grayslake for checkup. Our concern is that with force of the impact the airbags in the vehicle did not deploy and in our estimation they should have. The female passenger of the Buick continues to complain of pain nearly 10 days after the collision. We are not aware of a defect other than the bags failed to deploy and the force of the collision was substantial. The main impact of the collision appears to have been the front right passenger wheel. Our daughter had a similar collision with a Ford Taurus wagon in the 1990's wherein she was broadsided on the rear passenger door deployed the airbags. Although injuries are minimal if the center of the impact was on the passenger door, the injuries would have been horrific. Our concern is that there may be a defect in the airbag deployment system.

- Grayslake, IL, USA

problem #1

Jul 062004


  • 8,077 miles
The vehicle's air bags deployed, dashboard collapsed and windshield shattered in two places after tapping another vehicle. The consumer indicated that the damage to both vehicle's was minimal. The driver sustained abrasion on her arm from the air bag/air bag gases.

- Crofton, MD, USA

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