NHTSA — Air Bags: Frontal Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,746 miles

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2001 Pontiac Aztek seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Pontiac Aztek Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 132001


  • 16,000 miles


Front crash against a solid corner of a building, aprox speed crash 45 mph. GM did not want to repair or replaced, instead faced a trial where they committed a fraud and other felonious, all of them proven, still after nearly 9 years still facing civil and criminal charges. GM dealer with false statement still now a days keeps the vehicle, same that still can be analyzed now a days because it has not been repaired. Lots of damage caused by GM, dealers, lawyers and expert witnesses. Regret very much such a poor behavior of GM, I MA ready to supply as much information as needed, photos, reports, and courts documents that proves their felonious. A GM expert witness submitted to the court a false report, and also bought the official expert witness of the court, these felonies have already been proved bythe court, that is why now they are facing a civil and criminal charges, for GM if not quality good is the fraud!!!!!

- Queretaro, 00, USA

problem #7

May 092005

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,964 miles
Instrument panel air bag light will not go off. Dealer says the air bag on passenger side is defective. Dealer says moisture gets under floor mats and gets into wires of air bags. Manufacturer said they would pay half to get it fixed. Has not had problem fixed yet. Consumer thinks it is a manufacturer defect and has concerns for his passengers safety or safety to others.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #6

Dec 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles
When shutting the driver's side door the air bag deployed inadvertently. No injuries reported.

- Davison, MI, USA

problem #5

Jun 182002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumer states vehicle was involved in arollover collision at highway speed. Upon impact neither air bag deployed. Driver sustained major injuies. Feel free to provide any further information. Nlmneither front nor side air bags deployed. Vehicle suddenly swerved off road and rolled.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #4

Aug 082002

Aztek 4WD

  • miles
ABS was not fixed properly, rear ended another vehicle at btwn 40-45 mph, none of the vehicles air bags deployed. Pictures available upon request.

- Millington, MI, USA

problem #3

Feb 192002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer was involved in a head-on collision while driving 40 mph, resulting in air bags not deploying, and causing minor body injuries.

- Wishita Falls, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 052002


  • miles
On 01/05/2002 I rear-ended a 1999 Cadillac Deville going approximately 40mph. Upon impact, my airbags did "not" deploy and my seatbelt did not hold me from hittig the steering wheel with my chest. I had reported to the dealer that I didn't think the seatbelts in the front were working correctly not more than two weeks after purchase. He convinced me that these were newer seatbelts that do not react as sensitive as the older model vehicles. I ended up being transported to the hospital with chest contusions, leg contustions and cervical strain. I have searched your sight and found that the 2001 Pontiac Aztek has reported problems with passenger airbags not deploying due to no excelerant or deploying too hard due to exessive excelerant. I feel that I am lucky to be alive right now and feel that the threat to other owners of these vehicles is very real and very dangerous.,

- Woodinville, WA, USA

problem #1

Jan 162001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was traveling on highway and heard a ticking noise coming from underneath vehicle. Took vehicle to dealership. Dealership mechanic told consumer that brakes were warped. Consumer stated that the brake drum was warped and rust chips were falling off outside of the drums. Consumer states that there was a recall regarding the airbag and she was never informed, consumer had been involved in an accident on 05-Oct-2001 from the rear in which the air bags did not deploy.

- Shephard, TX, USA

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