NHTSA — Air Bags Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,501 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.

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2002 Oldsmobile Bravada seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Oldsmobile Bravada Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 022015


  • 108,500 miles


While sitting at a traffic light I noticed the service air bag light was on. I had seen this before while I was driving but it was only a flickering light and not a steady light. After driving home I noticed the light was again off. This happened again a few days later, and the light continued to be on for about a week (when the engine was running) and then it went off again. This time it was off for only one day. Now the light is on all the time when the SUV is running. I took the SUV into our mechanic and he tried to pull up an error code. He said that it could be a corroded wire or it could be the entire air bag(s) need to be replaced. He also stated that if one air bag is not working that none of the others will either. The price quoted to fix this is from $150 just to see what is wrong, and up to $1200 to replace airbag.

- Pomfret, MD, USA

problem #6

Jun 112014


  • 50,000 miles
Vehicle hydroplaned and ran off the road. It then came back on the road and ended up T-boning the trailer of an 18-wheeler before skidding back around and coming to a stop on the side of the road. Vehicle was totaled but the air bags never deployed. The speed at impact was somewhere between 35-50 mph so it definitely should have caused the air bags to deploy.

- Hodges, SC, USA

problem #5

Jan 082013


  • 198,000 miles
On Jan.8,2013 my vehicle was wrecked. Local police and the state trooper informed me the Bravada had flipped over several times and was totaled. When I went to the tow company to claim my belongs from the vehicle I noticed the airbags didn't deploy. My husband had to climb out of the back of the vehicle. He wasn't hurt bad but he could have died.this problem should be looked into. I had this vehicle serviced for several problems, but I was never told the airbags didn't work.

- Gibsonville, NC, USA

problem #4

Jul 182009


  • 123,000 miles


Airbag suspension releases air unevenly as you are driving, causing the vehicle to swerve back and forth, feeling like it is going to flip. The airbags should not release air at all while you are driving. My vehicle is unsafe to drive over 30 mph. And sometimes upon starting the vehicle, they won't air up at all, sometimes for days at a time, or one side airs up and the other doesn't.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 152008


  • 70,000 miles
Air bag failed to deploy when hit head on!

- Lakeland, TN, USA

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problem #2

Apr 152006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The Oldsmobile Bravada was involved in a car accident. The car was airborne and then was when it landed it was flipped end over end four to five times. The air bags did not deploy at all during or after the accident occurred.

- Blair, NE, USA

problem #1

Oct 212001

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
Consumer has had multiple, reoccuring problems with new vehicle since first purchased in October 2001. Car has been returned to dealer more than 12 times in 18 months and has placed significant burden on the owner. Vehicle now has new major mechanical problems with both the engine and transmission. Although the vehicle is still under warranty, the large number of persistent problems classifies this vehicle as unreliable and, more importantly, unsafe. Owner has contacted dealer regarding a replacement vehicle (lemon law), however the dealership has directed the owner to the maker company (GM/Oldsmobile). The maker has responded by insisting that the warranty was designed for such problems and they have referred the owner back to the dealer for continual repairs. In other words, neither the maker nor their representative dealer is willing to assist the owner in resolving the situation. The dealership has since closed due to owner retirement, as well. More than five complaints have been issued to the maker from the owner by either phone, electronically or mail without any positive feeback from the maker or any attempt to rectify the situation. Note: The incident date listed here is simply the purchase date - all incidents have been continous and on going since date of purchase. 2 windshield wiper failures repaired under warranty 1st at 3,973 miles 2nd at 11,660 miles.

- Washington, DC, USA

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