2008 Pontiac G5 seat belts / air bags NHTSA complaints: Air Bags:Side/Window

NHTSA — Air Bags: Side/Window Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,171 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Pontiac G5 seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Pontiac G5 Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 172009


  • 46,000 miles


I hit an oil spot on I-24 which resulted in a total lost of a 2008 G5 in 9/09 ; the cars front hit head on @ 55 miles an hr.the outside guard rail, then the car turn serveral times hitting the inside concrete wall on both sides and rear, the car had side and front air bags which did not deploy, the state trooper said that I was lucky to be alive. My wife called the Pontiac dealer were the car was towed to. My wife was asked how bad was I hurt since the air bags didn't deploy, we were told we needed to file a complaint someone else may not be so lucky.

- Hendersonville, TN, USA

problem #2

Jun 152009


  • 5,000 miles
Paul mutersbaugh's 2008 Pontiac G-5 was T-boned. He remembers trying to stop the car by pressing the brake, to no avail. The air bags in the back seat did not deploy. After impact, the car caught on fire. The fire spread so quickly that there was only enough time to get the occupants from the back seat out. Not even enough time to save anything in the car. The car burnt to the ground. Nothing but a shell is left. I met a gentleman at the las vegas truck show on June 25th. He said you could send someone out to look at the car to see what happened. The insurance carrier is keeping the car at: Copart salvage yard, lot 13749849, 1475 bluff city blvd., elgin, il. 60120. We would greatly appreciate someone verifying that the air bags did not deploy, the car should never have burnt to the ground with out something being defective with the car and to see if the brakes failed. Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #1

Jul 222008


  • 513 miles
My wife was driving our 2008 Pontiac G5, she was involved in a 3 vehicle accident. A car impacted a mini van on the side causing the car to bounce off the minivan and traveling sideway into our Pontiac G5. The G5 was struck on the driver door sending the G5 sideways and almost turning over. A tree stopped the vehicle from turning over. We purchased the car because the dealer and GM stated the vehicle had front, side and curtain airbags. The vehicle did not have side airbags and the curtain airbags did not deploy. GM stated that they only deploy in rollovers, but that's not what there brochures, website and other items I have said. Also they state that all 2008 Pontiac's have onstar and this car does not. GM sent a independent engineer to check the vehicle's recorder and now they state that everything is ok. Their engineer cannot be impartial due to the fact that he work for GM and is retired and receiving a pension!! my wife and mother in law was injured as well as causing over $6100 with the value of the vehicle being $17,400 or 35% of the value. Can you help thank you howard berkowitz.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

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