NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

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Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 1
Average Mileage:
62,809 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 042013


  • 121,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that while making a left turn, the contact crashed with another vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. No injuries were reported at the time of incident. However, the contact decided to seek medical attention later. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for a diagnostic testing but the contact was unaware of the results. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign id number: 14V4000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 121,000.

- Glenn, MI, USA

problem #7

Feb 142009

Alero 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owned a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle stalled and crashed. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. Medical attention was received, but the crash resulted in the death of the driver. The vehicle was destroyed and included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was made aware of failure. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 10/29/14 updated 4/23/2015

- Mansfield , TX, USA

problem #6

Jul 102014


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that while driving approximately 3 mph making a left turn, the driver side and passenger side airbags deployed. The contact indicated that the vehicle did not crash or make contact with anything prior to the deployment. During the incident the ignition switch moved to the run position independently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The failure mileage was 67,000.

- Garden City , NY, USA

problem #5

Jul 022006

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,000 miles


: the contact stated on 7-2-06 while going 50 mph, the vehicle was hit from behind. The vehicle was airborne and landed into a concrete medium. Neither the driver nor passenger air bags deployed. Damage was done to the rear and to the driver's side of the vehicle. Injuries were sustained, and a police report was taken.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #4

May 132004

(reported on)


  • 65,000 miles
While driving 45 mph consumer's vehicle was hit head on. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy. Driver sustained a broken rib, and was taken to the hospital.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

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problem #3

Mar 052004

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,100 miles
Was involved in a frontal collision on 3/5/03 and the air bags failed to deploy in my 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. I was traveling 40-45 mph southbound on scottsdale rd when another car turned left in front of me. The impact bent the impact bars, moved my compressor to the other side of the vehicle, hood, bumper, fender damage, the preliminary estimate without doing a tear down is at $5000. I have suffered neck, shoulder and leg injuries. I contacted GM and they said a certified GM rep will go look at the car and take pictures and will contact me on the 29th. I received a call from a man who did not identify himself at the dealer ship and said he was a private investigator for GM and down loaded the info off the computer in the car and the air bag should not have gone off, and told me I need to have them start repairing the vehicle immediately. Yet in the owners manual it states the air bag will deploy in a near frontal or frontal impact and that they can only access this computer in the car with the owners consent which I did not give. I have had numerous problems with this car from electrical engine work, the fuel sensor showing me I had gas when I don't, scratched rotors, and the hazards and blinkers working and not working which still has not been fixed by the dealership. Even the police offers did not want to get in the vehicle to move because the air bag did not go off and they where concerned that it did not.

- Fountain Hills, AZ, USA

problem #2

Mar 122004

(reported on)


  • 62,370 miles
While driving 45 mph consumer's vehicle was involved in a head on collision, and the air bags failed to deploy.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jun 042001


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a direct frontal collision at 40mph. Upon impact, airbags did not deploy. Manufacturer will be notified. One person was injured in accident.

- Orlando, FL, USA

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