NHTSA — Air Bags: Side/Window Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,340 miles

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2006 Cadillac CTS seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Cadillac CTS Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 092010

CTS 6-cyl

  • 32,620 miles


The accident occurred as a result of evasive action to avoid striking an animal (believed to be a large coyote) that suddenly appeared from the left of us97N North of klamath falls, Oregon, a two lane roadway. This action caused the right front wheel to travel to the road shoulder. The shoulder was covered with an accumulation of cinder material used by the state to provide traction on ice and snow. It was built up due to the action of snowplows. (the road was clean and dry at the time of the accident). The wheel sank into the accumulated cinders causing the vehicle to enter a spin and subsequently to roll down an embankment. None of the front or side air bags deployed. GM's Cadillac division was made aware of this fact and conducting an investigation of their own. They since advised that they were unable to determine a cause for the failure. Air bag deployment would not have prevented the incident but may have lessened the extent of the injuries suffered by the driver and front seat passenger. Post accident photographs, rescue Agency reports, police reports and a readout of the vehicle's "black box" computer equipment are available on request. Interestingly enough, an E-mail diagnostics report from the vehicle's on-star system dated June 22, 2010 was received almost four months after the accident stating "no issues found" with the air bag system but that the on-star system, which also failed to function at the time of the accident, required action.

- Walnut, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 202009


  • 68,400 miles
2006 Cadillac Cts passenger side air bag sensor. Original problem was the service air bag light came on the dash approximate mileage 68700. Took the car in for service and came back as passenger side module had failed. ( safety warning air bag would not deploy for any reason.) had senor module replaced at cost of $ $596.18 in reviewing the log this model year has had a number of this type of occurrence. What is needed to have a recall for this problem" how many air bags are disconnected due to cost of repair " if a 3 year old car has a major safety component (air bag ) not working. What can be deemed when the majority of the cars reach 5 years? seat belts and air bags are for the passengers safety. This is a family car.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

May 232006


  • 71,000 miles
I owned a 2006 Cadillac Cts and while driving down the highway a couple deer jump in front of me I tried to swerve but my tire hit a soft spot in the dirt a jacknifed and flipped three time and none of the 8 airbags went off.

- St Paul, MN, USA

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