NHTSA — Air Bags: Side/Window Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,667 miles

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2003 Cadillac CTS seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Cadillac CTS Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 272008


  • miles


It was December I was 5 months pregnant, I was sitting in my 2003 Cadillac Cts warming up the car and putting eyeliner on, was a cold day outside. When all of the sudden boom airbags went off first the steering wheel then driver door it made marks on my face and neck I reported it to Cadillac they accepted what happened but only agreed to replace airbags.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #2

Jul 212004

CTS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
While making a left turn consumer's vehicle collided with an 18 wheeler. Upon impact none of the 6 air bags deployed. Driver sustained several bruises.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #1

Mar 272003

CTS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
My Cadillac Cts (2003) was hit directly in the drivers door at approximately 50-55 mph and the side impact or curtain air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was pushed so hard, the witness thought it was going to flip over. Cadillac indicated that there was no problem, and the air bags didn't deploy because the sensor did not receive a direct hit. The sensor is located on the door frame between the driver and rear left passenger door. I find it hard to believe that the door was totally smashed in to the drivers seat, the vehicle frame damaged, the window blew out and air bags didn't go off, because the sensor was not hit.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

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