really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
90,145 miles

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2006 GMC Sierra 1500 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 GMC Sierra 1500 Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 232016

Sierra 1500

  • 51,190 miles


The contact owns a 2006 GMC Sierra 800 (na). The contact engaged the horn and it failed to function intermittently. The relay in the fuse box was replaced, which did not correct the failure. During an oil change, the dealer stated that the air bag contact coil, which was tied to the horn, needed to be replaced. The dealer stated they could not guarantee that the repair would correct the failure. The dealer requested a diagnostic test of $78 and advised the contact the estimate for the repair would range from $393.12 to $1,000. A complaint was filed with the manufacturer who stated that since the vehicle was ten years old, they would not offer any assistance. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 51,190.

- Paulding, OH, USA

problem #7

Apr 062016

Sierra 1500

  • 55,000 miles
My wife while driving our 2006 GMC Sierra was involved in a T-bone accident. She was driving South in her lane and was cut off causing her to hit the car that turned in front of her. She could not stop in time and when she hit the other car her airbag did not deploy. She died from broken ribs that puncher-ed her heart and she bled to death at work two hours later, the coroner determined her death to be from blunt force chest trauma.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #6

Jan 202013

Sierra 1500

  • 119,000 miles
The truck was purchased with 113,000 miles on it and no apparent problems when bought. After about 3 months of ownership, the "service airbag" message appeared intermittently for the next few weeks. After that time, the message was constant on. Took the truck to my local dealer who charged to "repair" it. Message came back after about a week of driving. Message now reappears at random intervals. Don't know if the problem is with the airbag sensors, the control unit, or any peripheral switches. Dealer is incompetent and do not trust to fix the problem. Already paid good money to have this problem repaired and am not going to continue to pay for incompetence. Message appears when vehicle is in motion and when vehicle is started at random. Message will sometimes disappear for weeks at a time, then, reappear at random.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #5

May 142015

Sierra 1500

  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 GMC Sierra 1500. The contact stated that the check engine warning light illuminated and the vehicle decelerated to less than 10 mph. The contact also stated that the air bag warning light continuously illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #4

Mar 272014

Sierra 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 139,000 miles
The vehicle was parked and not running when both driver and passenger airbags deployed. The steering wheel is torn apart. The handle on the dash board, passenger side, is bent and the vent on passenger side is cracked.

- Summerfield, FL, USA

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problem #3

Nov 182014

Sierra 1500

  • miles
I have had to replace the tail light lenses several times because the tab that secures the lenses to the vehicle breaks and the result is lights just hanging on the truck by the electrical cords. I have the same problem involving my other vehicles in the past made by GMC namely a second family GMC Sierra that was made in the year 2004, and a Chevrolet Silverado. The electrical lighting on the dashboard has been malfunctioning for a long time. I noticed the malfunction during the first year I bought the truck. I have had to replace electrical switch in the air conditioning/heating the mechanic told me that the wiring is heating up and causing the short to the switch. The new switch has shorted out just like he said it would. I have a notification that my airbag needs servicing. There has been no accident involved to cause this issue. I bought this vehicle new and have been the primary driver since 2006 when I bought the vehicle.

- Livingston, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 102014

Sierra 1500

  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 GMC Sierra 1500. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 111,000.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #1

Jun 102014

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 95,969 miles
The service airbag light came on and off. Took it to dealer to have tested. Trouble code P0084, driver seat position sensor. Diagnostic showed fault is in airbag sensing and diagnostic module, showed false high resistance reading. Sensor kit and module needed replaced, almost $600 just for parts. Took 2 times at the dealer to get this fixed as first replacement parts did not work. No coverage by GMC for failure of switch for airbag. Truck never in any type accident so airbag was never used. Surprised that there was no assistance from GMC concerning this safety issue as working airbags are required.

- Arlington, WA, USA

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