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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,286 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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1996 Buick Regal seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1996 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #14

Jul 172010

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 182,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1996 Buick Regal. The contact was driving approximately 30 mph, wen the front driver side air bag deployed inadvertently without impact to the vehicle. The contact sustained abrasions to the left forearm. The vehicle was driven with caution to his residence. The contact was in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 182,000. Updated 10/20/10 updated 10/26/10

- Depere, WI, USA

problem #13

Dec 192008

Regal

  • 157,000 miles
The contact owns a 1996 Buick Regal. After inserting the key into the ignition, the driver's side frontal air bag spontaneously deployed without an impact or crash. He is in the process of notifying the dealer to determine the cause of the failure. The failure and current mileages were 157,000.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #12

Aug 182003

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
When the driver put the key in the ignition, the air bag deployed. The driver sustained minor facial burns and bruises and was taken to the hospital emergency room. A Buick engineer determined there was a defect in the air bag, but could not determine what caused air bag deployment.

- Bowman, ND, USA

problem #11

Sep 212003

Regal

  • 15,000 miles

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

While driving at 55 mph vehicle swerved to miss a deer and consumer lost control of vehicle. Vehicle broke through a guard rail and down an embankment. Then, it flipped twice before coming to a rest. Both front seat belts broke, and front air bags failed to deploy. Consumer sustained facial bruising/abrasions, and a broken nose.

- Vidalia, LA, USA

problem #10

Sep 212003

Regal 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving 55 mph, the driver slammed on the brakes after seeing a deer on the road. The vehicle had gone off the road and rolled over into a ditch. Both of the front seat belts failed and the front air bags did not deploy. The passenger's nose was broken and an artery was punctured in this right eye.

- Vidalia, LA, USA

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problem #9

Apr 212000

Regal

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal side collision. Uopn impact, airbags did not deploy, resulting in major injuries. Manufacturer has been notified.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #8

Jul 161997

Regal

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle was involved in a collision at 30mph. Upon impact, seat belts did not retract, and the airbags did not deploy. Driver received a broken breast bone.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #7

Aug 101998

Regal

  • miles
Consumer experienced air bag deployment while backing out the vehicle. Horn started to sound off, and suddenly the driver's air bag deployed for unkown reason. Dealer/mfr. Notified.

- San Josa, CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 181998

Regal

  • miles
Consumer states as a result of an accident the driver's side air bag did not deploy.

- Harpsville, AL, USA

problem #5

Mar 181997

Regal

  • miles
In an accident between 40-60 mph, 12:00 position, car hit gaurdrail and driver's and passenger's airbags did not deploy. Driver sustained a broken rib and other injuries.

- Boothbay, ME, USA

problem #4

Mar 181997

Regal

  • miles

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

In an accident between 40-60 mph, 12:00 position, car hit gaurdrail and driver's and passenger's airbags did not deploy. Driver sustained a broken rib and other injuries.

- Boothbay, ME, USA

problem #3

Jul 071996

Regal

  • miles
Dual airbags did not deploy upon front end impact, driver lost control, hit telephone pole, speed 25 mph.

- Bluefield, VA, USA

problem #2

Jul 071996

Regal

  • miles
Dual airbags did not deploy upon front end impact, driver lost control, hit telephone pole, speed 25 mph.

- Bluefield, VA, USA

problem #1

Feb 051996

Regal

  • miles
Design of vehicle is such that shorter people are in danger of injury from being too close to air bag when it inflates.

- Randolph, NJ, USA

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