NHTSA — Seat Belts Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
40,000 miles

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2006 Buick Lucerne seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Buick Lucerne Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 122012

Lucerne 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


2006 Lucerne suddenly left city roadway for no apparent reason. Lucerne collided with two telephone poles positioned next to each other. Delta V of collision between 22 and 25 mph. Pole to driver side frame impact with driver side front wheel pushed into driver floor board so floor pushed against brake pedal post collision. No airbag deployed. Pdof was near straight ahead or 12 O'clock. Driver belt spooled out allowing driver's head to significantly deform the upper steering wheel rim. Driver belt cut a notch in the B-pillar trim exiting the D-ring hole. GM looked at this car in litigation and agreed that the driver was belted. Driver suffered jaw fractures, rib fractures and lung injury. Driver died of collision related injuries 6 months post collision. General Motors may dispute whether the death was related to the airbag non-deployment, but it can not dispute the relationship of the jaw and rib fractures to the non-deployment. Download of SDM showed no "events recovered". that appears to be consistent with the 2006 cobalt ignition recall issue. The key in the ignition after the accident has a string of keys and other items hanging down several inches from the key in the ignition, also seemingly consistent with the 2006 cobalt ignition recall issue. Driver would have been protected from serious injury be a timely airbag deployment in this collision according to biomechanics retained by the driver's family in litigation against General Motors. This complainant suspects that the ignition switch in the 2006 is similar to the 2006 cobalt ignition switch, but does not have definitive confirmation of that. Complainant can send photographs of the damage to the Lucerne and the Lucerne Bosch cdr crash data retrieval report by email or other means at your request.

- Phoenix, AS, USA

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