NHTSA — Air Bags Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,250 miles

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1998 Buick Skylark seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Buick Skylark Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 242015


  • 96,000 miles


The contact was a passenger in a 1998 Buick Skylark. While driving approximately 50 mph, another vehicle ran a red light and crashed into the vehicle. The air bags deployed and a police report was filed. Due to the air bag deployment, the passenger sustained injuries to the eyes and the driver sustained injuries to the back that required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed and towed by the police department. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not included. The approximate failure mileage was 96,000.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 012011


  • 193,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Skylark. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the front drivers side air bags deployed. No crash occurred and no injuries were reported. Neither the manufacturer, nor the dealer were made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 193,000.

- Pequot Lakes, MN, USA

problem #2

Dec 282004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was injured when the airbag of a 1998 Buick Skylark (N body) deployed when I started the vehicle. There was no impact, in fact the vehicle was sitting in a building and not even in motion. I sustained a brain shear injury and I am still recovering. I know of two other incidents where this occurred in N body GM vehicles. General Motors paid for the repair of the vehicle but has not contacted me in regard to my injuries or lost wages.(I was out of work 2 months and recently returned on a limited basis. General Motors blames the deployment on moisture on the floor of the vehicle. I live in western New York where with our weather it is impossible not to have moisture on the floor. One of the other people who experienced a deployment is also injured. Please look in to this matter as the potential for injury is very great. Thanks mike hall ps I have the parts from the deployment that I was involved in.

- Hamburg, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 271998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
During collision no deployment of airbags caused injury to passengers.

- Westlake, OH, USA

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