NHTSA — Air Bags Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
111,330 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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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2005 Cadillac Escalade seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Cadillac Escalade Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 012016


  • 64,977 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Escalade. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator illuminated. The contact was advised that there was no recall related to the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 64,977.

- Milwaulkee, WI, USA

problem #5

Sep 072015


  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Escalade. After starting the vehicle, the service air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 77,000.

- Winchester, KY, USA

problem #4

Jun 012015


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Escalade. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminated and the fuel gauge fluctuated showing the incorrect fuel level. The contact mentioned that an abnormal noise emitted from the wheels. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failures. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000.

- Decatur, IL, USA

problem #3

Dec 022014


  • 180,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Escalade. While driving approximately 60 mph, the speedometer displayed that the vehicle was traveling 20 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the instrument cluster was faulty. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. In addition, the contact indicated that the air bag sensor light was illuminated. The failure mileage was 180,000.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 142011


  • 151,000 miles
My service airbag came on out of the blue as I was driving, than earlier this year my airride control went out air compressor and shocks, in Feb my rear bolts on the drive shaft were loose leaking fluid, my rear seat belt is malfunctioning for my son 8 years get stuck, my air conditioning is hot on one side and cold on the other Cadillac changed out a module three months later. It still does the same thing but I won't take it back because that's when all the other stuff starting happening rear bolts lose lost massive fluid then the air ride went out air compressor and shocks. When we opened the air compressor up it was rusted as if it had not worked in years so I truly believe that sewelle Cadillac damaged my SUV everything but the air on one side was getting hot not to mention they had my truck for over 7hrs as I waited in the lobby last year lost my one of my hubs the interior paint is peeling off the video player went out in 2007. My vehicle stays on when the doors are open and the key is off and out of the ignition the inside light switch comes on sometimes and this truck is almost paid but its a lot of money for all these things to go wrong. There is a lot more.

- Joshua, TX, USA

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problem #1

Jul 162005

Escalade 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
On July 16th, 2005; I was involved in a life changing, single vehicle auto accident. I struck a hill with the front right side of the vehicle with enough excessive force to flip this Cadillac Escalade head first. The Escalade flipped twice, impacting the front of the vehicle and landing up side down. Astonishingly, out of the four air bags in this vehicle, not one of them deployed. I purchased this 2004 Escalade brand new and at the time of the accident it only had 15,000 miles. The vehicle is a total loss and it is utterly unbelievable that the air bags did not deploy. I was so impressed with the raved reviews, consumer reports including safety features, and stylish body that this Cadillac Escalade became the vehicle of my dreams. Needless to say, I am very disappointed with my Cadillac experience. I do not trust this vehicle enough to get into another one. I know that I am only here because god decided the spare my life. As a direct result of this accident I frequently suffer severe migraines, dizzy spells, blurred vision, memory loss, and anxiety/panic attacks all which keep me from sleeping. It is extremely difficult to commute from doctors appointments and work for fear of another accident. The next week I had severe chest, shoulder and lower back pains; all of which I am being treated for on a regular basis. I also seek treatment from a neurologist for the head injury. I believe that this vehicle has a serious problem with the air bags and GM should strongly consider investigating this matter.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

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