2008 Cadillac CTS seat belts / air bags NHTSA complaints: Air Bags

NHTSA — Air Bags Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,698 miles

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2008 Cadillac CTS seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Cadillac CTS Owner Comments

problem #8

May 072016


  • 90,000 miles


Takata recall: My service air bag light keeps coming and off. Also my tire gage, keeps flashing after my air levels has been check. It will not go off on its on.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #7

Jun 182015


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owned a 2008 Cadillac Cts. While driving approximately 70 mph, a deer jumped in front of the vehicle. As a result, the contact crashed into the deer. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained a broken nose, facial laceration, and a chipped tooth that required medical attention. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Westley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 242015


  • 44,000 miles
My car shows to repair my air bag. Reading on the recall for the ignition recall it can effect the air bag. Two weeks ago I had the key taken care of and now all of a sudden the air bag shows up to be repaired. I will be going into the dealer today to see what is happening. I was told on the phone it could be any where from $300 to three thousand. How crazy is this. Looking up the VIN number I can't find my VIN number if it is a recall for the air bag I do not intend to spend that kind of money on my call for an air bag fix. Please help to ease my mind if my airbag is a recall.

- Montgomery, IL, USA

problem #5

Nov 102014

CTS 6-cyl

  • 24,500 miles


Dealer ran diagnosis found code that said driver side air bag was bad. This is a car with only 24500 miles on it. Hard to believe it only last this lone.

- Amelia, OH, USA

problem #4

Aug 012014

CTS 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
Car w/ 95,000 miles. Problems at 15,000 miles. Airbag sensors faulty. "ECM" (engine control module) replaced but no issues with how the car was running. Told by the dealership "alot" of ECM's are replaced. Is ECM failure common in this vehicle or is it the dealership replacing ECM's that do not need repair to make money" ECM was a $1,000 repair to fix a gas smell from the car. New ECM and gas smell is still there. Then told now faulty fuel pump and leak in the fuel line as reason for gas smell. Both dealer and GM have refused refund for replacing ECM that did not have to be replaced. Replacing ECM did not fix the gas smell! prior to "ECM " all six of the oxygen sensors also replaced. Another costly repair. I have pampered this vehicle since I have purchased it from factory. Very suspicious so many issues needing repair have occurred with this car. Now, ignition switch is being recalled and will need repair. I am left driving my family around in a potentially dangerous car. Will my family be the next victim of a faulty GM ignition switch? also the door locks in the rear of the car are faulty ever since I have had the car. The rear door locks jam and the doors won't open from the outside. The dealer in the first three months replaced one rear door lock mechanism. Before I realized my warranty expired the other rear door lock also had the same problem. GM refuses to fix it. Now an expense of > $400. Having an infant who rides in the back this is concerning that rear door lock jams. Repairs on this 2008 Cadillac Cts are endless and should not have to be so numerous considering I have been the single owner of this vehicle and have kept the vehicle very well maintained. I would like to know if other owners of this make and model of vehicle have had similar problems? is there a manufacturing issue?"

- Rockledge, FL, USA

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problem #3

Feb 132012

CTS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,521 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag light continuously illuminated. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed the failure but had no remedy available. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 58,521. Updated 08/11/14 the consumer stated Cadillac suggests new sensors be installed at owner's expense. Updated 08/12/2014

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 302013

CTS 6-cyl

  • 37,560 miles
The driver side airbag warning signs display remains on for several days. When the brakes are applied there's a slight vibration and grinding sounds.

- Channelview, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 212013

CTS 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
While I was a passenger riding on a major interstate, in the right front passenger seat, the air bag light (on/off) on the dash/console turned from the "on" status to the "off" status. After stopping we followed onstar's directions to turn off ignition and restart the vehicle and sit in the passenger seat once again. The air bag light stayed in the "off" status. We turned the vehicle off and restarted once again. This time when I sat in the passenger seat the air bag light changed to the "on" status. The following week, my mother was a passenger in the front and the air bag light stayed in the "off" position. Last week, another passenger was in the front passenger seat and the air bag light remained in the "off" position. I took it to a dealer while out of town, and the mechanic said that the right front passenger presence module has a short and needs to be replaced. I had the front right headlight assembly replaced, but was uncomfortable allowing that dealer to replace the passenger air bag sensor. I am bringing it to my dealer to have it replaced under warranty.

- Cullman, AL, USA

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