NHTSA — Air Bags Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
87,036 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Hummer H3 seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Hummer H3 Owner Comments

problem #10

Jan 062015


  • 88,000 miles


Passenger side air bag sensor problem. Air bag will not inflate upon inoact. Warning light on all the time

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #9

Mar 042015


  • 110,000 miles
When I was driving I feel that my steering wheel at the place of my airbag was very hot and become hoter and hoter...adn was afraid that my car can catch fire.I stop and wiat until the heat goes away took about 45 minutes...

- Roseland, VA, USA

problem #8

Sep 232013

H3 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hummer H3. The contact stated while attempting to turn the vehicle off, the key became lodged in the ignition. Also, the contact mentioned that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to a mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure.. the failure mileage was 126,000 and the current mileage was 136,000. Updated 9/18/14

- Alma, MI, USA

problem #7

Apr 092014


  • 174,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Hummer H3. The contact stated that the air bag indicator light illuminated intermittently on both the driver and passenger side. The contact also stated that the heated seats failed to function. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 06V417000 (air bag). The approximate failure mileage was 174,000.

- Bryans Rd, MD, USA

problem #6

Sep 232011

H3 5-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
As we, the family, were driving home the front driver's side tire slightly bumped into a meridian divider resulting in deployment of the rollover airbags. The vehicle never changed angle of roll during the incident. Rollover sensor, in my opinion, is considerably too sensitive. All overhead airbags deployed in which I had to cut the airbags out to drive home. We were unable to use the front seat belts on the drive home due to locking when the airbags deploy. [xxx], our daughter, slept through the whole incident. An incident was reported with either California highway patrol or ventura county sheriff's department immediately after the incident took place. I do not know how many others have filed an incident, but after seeing other people complaining online, I know we're not even close to be the only one nor only GM make/model to be affected by the sensitive sensor. Luckily, this all happened later in the evening. If it were earlier, with more traffic, it could've caused a severe accident by lack of vision out of the vehicle and the startle that was created from the deployment of the airbags. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Port Hueneme, CA, USA

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problem #5

Aug 212012

H3 5-cyl

  • 126,595 miles
While driving my 2006 Hummer H3 on a back country paved rd, doing the posted speed limit, my side curtain air bags on both sides deployed for no reason. The road had its bumps and stuff like any road but nothing to crazy. The vehicle was not in a crash or rolling over and should not have deployed airbags. This situation could have been deadly, thank god it wasn't. GM is sending out a third party inspector to look at the vehicle. I have a feeling this will end up in court. There has been many of these cases and GM has not corrected with recall or nothing. Something needs to be done and force them to do the needed recall on this.

- East Bend , NC, USA

problem #4

Mar 102012


  • 63,864 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Hummer H3. The contact stated that while stopped at a traffic stop, the vehicle was rear-ended and crashed into a pole. The contact sustained injuries to the neck, back and hips. The air bags did not deploy. The contact did not call the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 63,864.

- Washington D.C., DC, USA

problem #3

Aug 062011


  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hummer H3. The contact stated that the driver was traveling approximately 50 mph and attempted to avoid hitting a deer but lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle went airborne and flipped over six times, landing head first into the pavement. None of the air bags in the vehicle deployed. The driver's head became lodged between the rail and thrown in various directions several times before snapping. The driver's head and face were crushed and the driver was killed. The medical investigators stated that they believed that the driver was killed at first impact. The vehicle was towed and a police report was filed (South Carolina state trooper report E-111833). The failure and current mileage was 51,000.

- Fountain Inn, SC, USA

problem #2

Mar 192011


  • 54,400 miles
The side impact restraints (side airbags) improperly deployed as I was driving down a gravel road near death valley, ca. Not the front airbags, just the sides. No substantial impact was encountered at the time that should have caused them to deploy.

- Berkeley, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 302010


  • 41,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hummer H3. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle crashed into a fixed barrier while trying to decelerate into a turn. The air bags did not deploy. The driver received injuries to the neck, chest and an abrasion to her head. She was transported to the hospital via ambulance. The police were called and a police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who informed the contact that the vehicle was deemed as destroyed and was unable to diagnose why the air bags did not deploy. The failure mileage was approximately 41,500.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

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