NHTSA — Air Bags: Side/Window Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,000 miles

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2006 Cadillac STS seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Cadillac STS Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 062010


  • 55,000 miles


Stopped the vehicle, placed into park position, shut off car and engaged emergency brake. Removed seat belt, driver and passenger opened doors to exit. Engine at that time went into a very high RPM making a horrible loud whining noise and auto accelerated in reverse with car in park and emergency brake on. Tried to stop the vehicle but brake pedal went to floor. No control of the vehicle and rode the vehicle as it reversed on its own, onto street, through the intersection, colliding with a parked car and coming to rest with the rear of the car against a building. Speed unknown, no airbags deployed, small injuries.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Oct 082006

STS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
October 8, 2006 I was involved in an accident in my 2006 Cadillac Sts where a truck crossed the median on a four lane highway and hit my car in the side. The impact was so severe it bent the center post between the doors and needless to say I had to be cut out of the vehicle. The side air bags did not deploy. A few days earlier I had taken the car to the dealership with my mother sitting in the front seat and the sign on the mirror read "airbag off". Cadillac assigned a service request number 1-437819043 but to date refuse to discuss this issue with me. Question: Has anyone else experienced a similar problem with the airbags" are we riding around with the false impression we are protected?" December 7, 2006 I did hear from a Cadillac representative today. The Cadillac representative advised me my car did not have side and curtain air bags and it was only available as an option. I asked him to give me the option number. Needless to say we got into an argument and I told him I could not believe a representative of Cadillac would tell me such erroneous information. All those air bags are standard on the Sts. Apparently this is a very incompetent group of people and I have been assigned to a rock. Anyhow they are going to retrieve the airbag monitoring box in an effort to reconstruct what happened.

- Yorktown, VA, USA

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