NHTSA — Air Bags Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,688 miles

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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 Skylark seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1996 Buick Skylark Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 252016


  • 68,818 miles


The contact owns a 1996 Buick Skylark. When the contact started the vehicle, the driver's side air bag deployed. The driver sustained injuries to the face, neck, chest, right shoulder, and mouth. Medical attention was required. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 68,818.

- Detriot, MI, USA

problem #6

May 052016


  • 120,000 miles
Airbag deployment, on May 5 2016, 10 pm, went out to put windows up in car, vehicle was stationary, opened door, leaned in to turn on key, when I turned on key, heard loud explosion, two thoughts before I blacked out, thought I had been shot & what the hell was pulling me backwards so fast, came to in a few seconds laying on the ground, noticed that airbag had deployed, could not get up & crawled to house, this was a very violent & traumatic experience, went to hospital where they xrayed my neck & found no broken bones, my face was actually 2 to 3 inches away from steering wheel when deployment happened, I believe the attached hinge parts that opened when bag deployed actually hit me in face, bruised lip & blood blisters on left side of my face, though my neck was not broken, hospital did not check me for cuncusion probably due to the fact I do not have insurance, I am positive I had one, still having problems focusing, along with excessive forgetfulness, for three days I could feel that my body had been twisted away from my spine, this was very violent and hope that it never happens to anyone else, still recovering.

- Mountain Home, AR, USA

problem #5

May 092015


  • 97,000 miles
The airbag exploded while I was driving the car and then caused the horn to continuously go off. Not five minutes into my drive it went off while I was accelerating from being stopped at a red light. I was pulled over on a side street when the horn started going off. The air bag bruised and burned my left arm, however medical attention was not required. I had a water leak somewhere that caused water to build up primarily on my driver side floor board, however eventually the back floor boards became wet as well. It is believed that the water caused an electrical malfunction and set off the air bag. It seems standing water is an issue for these cars and can cause an issue with a control box located under the seat, which is an awful combination. This accident could have been way worse than it was, and it forced me to buy a new care earlier than I was financially prepared to do.

- Michigan City , IN, USA

problem #4

Apr 122014

Skylark 4-cyl

  • 209,000 miles


Went to start to car after driving all afternoon and passenger side airbag deployed causing damage to the dash and windshield.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #3

Apr 112014

Skylark 6-cyl

  • miles
When car put in reverse, airbag deployed causing knot and bruising to arm. 4/14/14 called 800-222-1020 and spoke to franklin that stated airbags are not covered even for defect after warranty of car is over. Called berglund local dealer in roanoke va and spoke to the service department and the service manager that said they would have to be paid $99 to even look at airbag. Called insurance and filed claim and adjustor said obvious defect in airbag since no exterior damage to car. Where does this leave me? I am handling this situation for my aunt, that actually owns the car. Thanks. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Blue Ridge, VA, USA

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problem #2

Apr 021997


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Violet deployment of passenger side airbag after recall repair. Dup of 811494, added on 25-Feb-98.

- Homer City, PA, USA

problem #1

Jun 201996


  • miles
The airbags deployed and the entire dashboard split in half.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

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