NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

2006 Cadillac STS (Page 2 of 2)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
13 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,762 miles

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2006 Cadillac STS seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Cadillac STS Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #19

Mar 262012

STS 6-cyl

  • miles


From an internet search I have found that a common problem on these models (also 2005, 2007 & 2008) is with the passenger side airbag sensors either not detecting passengers or, as in the case of my vehicle, not functioning at all either intermittently or on a continuum. A dealer wants between $900 and $1000 to fix them and have reported to me that they "see them all the time". the 2009 cts model was recalled for the very same problems. I can't afford to get it fixed. Hopefully you guys can get some action as GM was no help at all. Thank you. [xxx] [xxx] pls don't hesitate to call if you have questions. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Long Grove, IL, USA

problem #18

May 072007

STS 6-cyl

  • 5,447 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Sts. When the vehicle was started, the air bag warning light illuminated. The dealer stated that the air bag wiring needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 5,447. The air bag light illuminated again for the fourth time. The light would come on and go off. Updated 12/09/14

- Piscataway , NJ, USA

problem #17

Sep 012014


  • miles
2006 Cadillac Sts. Consumer writes in regards to safety lights for airbags were illuminated after recent vehicle repairs. The consumer stated the air bag light was not on, prior to dropping the vehicle off at the collision shop.

- Wellsburg, WV, USA

problem #16

Aug 112014

STS 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


Air bag light came on in vehicle when no one was sitting in vehicle and has been on ever since. I took the vehicle to dealership paid to have problem diagnosed was told. Passenger seat presence system failure. Quoted price for $900 to repair. I researched online saw recall for cts from 2005-2007 however not fro the Sts. I contacted GM. Was called back in 48hrs to be told they do not help with fixing anything that is not under recall. Can you please recall the Sts as well. I see so many others reporting the same thing. This is ridiculous. Its the same airbag system as in the cts. This is an important problem. I purchased this vehicle because of the safety features. Nothing in the manual says this would need to be serviced or replaced.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #15

Aug 012013


  • 74,000 miles
The front passenger air bag warning light came on just as I was starting the car for the day. We took the car to the local dealership and they are well aware this is a on going issue for the 2006 Sts, but it is not part of the recall. I would like to know if the same parts were used in the Sts that were included in the recall ? the dealership wants almost a $1,000 to fix it and I was told none of my air bags will deploy until I get this fixed. I believe air bags as a safety feature should be covered for the life of the vehicle for issues like this. Very disappointed with Cadillac not including the Sts in the recall especially after reading all the other owners with the same exact problem.

- Clermont, FL, USA

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problem #14

Jun 262014

STS 6-cyl

  • miles
I had the air bag harness replaced on this vehicle 2.5 years ago on this vehicle. The warning light is illuminated and I'm being told it needs to be replaced again. I purchased the vehicle in 2008. If the first airbag lasted for 5 years from year made 2006 (which is not very long). The one that was replaced in December 2011 should have lasted longer than 2.5 years. I am very concerned that these are defective parts and I don't want to be killed or maimed by the air bag and I don't want to pay for another one in such a short period. I have had all the tire monitors replaced also and the tire pressure readings are always off. When I take the car in to be checked after paying a fee of course. They say there's nothing wrong with them and they just put air in the tires. Thanking you in advance for your help in this matter.

- Conley, GA, USA

problem #13

Apr 142014


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Sts. The contact stated that the air bag off light illuminated and failed to illuminate when the seat was occupied. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 68,000.

- Lewiston, ME, USA

problem #12

May 272014

STS 6-cyl

  • 44,920 miles
The "service airbag" light came on and the message on the rearview mirror is no longer detecting a passenger when a passenger is sitting in the seat. The passenger detector sensor has failed in the passenger seat. The same model year for the Cadillac cts had a recall for the same problem. The two vehicles are substantially similar and probably use the exact same part, yet the the Sts model was not included in the recall. A simple internet search shows hundreds of complaints on forums with this issue in the Sts model as well as the cts model. The result would be that the airbag would not deploy in the event of a crash.

- Lake Mills, WI, USA

problem #11

Dec 072010

STS 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
The air bag sensor under the seat, meant to indicate the presence of a front-seat passenger has failed, as denoted by a constant service air bag warning light. A Dec, '10 press release announced a recall of '05-'07 cts' for this exact issue. Paragraph 5 of the release reads in part "owners of certain other 2005-2007 that have significantly lower incident rates will be provided free repairs for the issue for up to 10 years or 120,000 miles." Numerous contacts with Cadillac customer service throughout 2011 resulted in refusals to authorize repairs at their expense. A complaint files with the wi dept of ag, trade and Consumer Affairs resulted in a call from a rep of GM's business resource center advising that they would again refuse my request because "...the Sts model was not included in the recall." She offered that after I pay for diagnostics (local estimate $260) 'we will be happy to look into cost assistance on the repair.' Two months later when I called back I was told they closed the file and that I needed to start the complaint process over.

- Whitefish Bay, WI, USA

problem #10

Mar 042013


  • 90,000 miles
The passenger side air bag sensor stopped working. A warning light on the dash came on. Nothing happened to make it stop working, it is just a faulty part. The Cadillac dealer gave me a estimate stating that the "module" needs to be replaced. However, they did not offer to do so under warranty. I think this should be a recalled item since I see a long list of this same complaint on this same model and some other Cadillac models.

- Newbury Park, CA, USA

problem #9

Dec 302009

STS 8-cyl

  • 59,000 miles


Passenger air bag light came on and has stayed on. The air bag sensor does not recognizing a front seat passenger.

- Clarkston, GA, USA

problem #8

Nov 252011

STS 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
At approximately 72,000 miles my Cadillac's passenger seat light began to act up and would go on and off when someone would sit in the front passenger seat. I am single and rarely ever have a passenger in the front seat. Approximately two times per month someone rides in this seat. The last time someone sat in the front passenger seat, I traveled 10 miles round trip on 1/19/2012, the "service air bag" and air bag red light indicator came on the dash and since then will not go off. I take extraordinary care of my vehicle. I took it to a dealer only to be told that the entire passenger presence system (pps) needs to be replaced and that it was going to cost me $629. I understand that the same problem occurred in the Cadillac cts model of the same year. My question and complaint are: Did the modules come from the same place and/or are they the same module and passenger presence system. Why wouldn't my Cadillac Sts be included in that recall when I see that this has happened to so many other Cadillac Sts models of the same year.

- Belleville, MI, USA

problem #7

Nov 012011

STS 8-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
"service passenger side airbag" warning message displayed. A warning light will display saying the passengers airbag is off. Problem comes and goes. This seems to be the same error that caused the Cadillac cts recall. Why has this not included the Sts? type this problem into google and there are lots of complaints including the dts. There is a tsb: "NHTSA number: 10036512. Cadillac: Front passenger air bag status indicator displays off or switches from on to off with passenger in seat (replace passenger presence system (pps) module). Condition may be caused by passenger presence system (pps) in right front." Will there have to be an accident for the recall to be expanded?

- Oswego, IL, USA

problem #6

Jan 102011

STS 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Service passenger air bag system.

- Brownsburg, IN, USA

problem #5

Oct 032009


  • 27,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Sts which was purchased February 2007. While driving 60 mph he fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed into a stone divider. The air bags did not deploy at the time of the crash. The front of the vehicle bounced off the stone wall causing the vehicle to spin in a 180 degree turn and then the rear end crashed into the same stone wall. The contact suffered a broken nose. He was treated at a local hospital. To date, the manufacturer had not been contacted. The current and failure mileages were 27,000.

- Mullins, SC, USA

problem #4

Apr 292009


  • 33,000 miles
Was involved in a side impact car crash where none of the airbags deployed. Car that hit mine was traveling at least 40 mph and I was traveling at least 30 mph at impact.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 162009

STS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Sts. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle slid on black ice on the road and crashed into the shoulder lane, striking the rear wheel assembly of a semi tractor cab. The vehicle was destroyed and the driver sustained head trauma, a skull fracture, a broken left shoulder, multiple broken ribs on both sides of his body, dislocation of the right shoulder, and cuts and bruises throughout his legs and arms. None of the air bags deployed. The contact believes that had the air bags deployed, the injuries would not have been so severe. A police report was filed. The current and failure mileages were 65,000. Updated 02/24/09. Updated 02/24/09.

- Vernon Hills, IL, USA

problem #2

Feb 142008


  • miles
2006 Cadillac Sts does not set air bag to on when a person who weighs less than 103 pounds sits in the passenger seat. While the air bag is off, the seat belt indication does not work. Cadillac refuses to fix the problem, even though it has worked correctly for the past 17 months. My wife weighs about 100 pounds.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 222007

STS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,501 miles
1. I started my car via remote start to warm it up.. passenger's airbag was reported via the dash controls as non-functional at that time 2. drove 100 yards and the rear window imploded into the vehicle sending shards of glass all over the interior. It resulted in many small bloody cuts and scratches 3. selling dealer would not respond to the issue. Non-selling dealer towed the car for repair.

- Fairfield, OH, USA

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