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

NHTSA — Air Bags Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,580 miles

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2008 Pontiac G5 seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Pontiac G5 Owner Comments

problem #14

Aug 022015


  • miles


I got this used car last year and I was not aware of the recall system. Recently I checked the NHTSA website and I saw the recall number 14E021000 for electrical system:ignition:switch. I got that one fixed but my airbag system is also have problem. As it is mentioned in the summary of recall number 14E021000, the issue with system:ignition:switch can cause air bag issues. I was wondering how can I tell the dealer to take care of the airbag system for free because the source of air bag issue seems to be initiated from the ignition problem. (for when did this happen, I inserted 08/02/2015, the approx time that I bought the car. Because it was like this when I got the car.)

- Athens, GA, USA

problem #13

Apr 012016


  • 73,000 miles
Passenger seat airbag sensor is faulty causing the airbag light to be illuminated on the dashboard & doesn't go off. Sensor willnot detect someone seated, causing the airbag not to deploy if in an accident. Nothing caused this to happen & they want about $400 to fix it. We were sitting still & a passenger sat on the seat. Put seatbelt on & ck airbag came on & on ever since.

- Bluffton, IN, USA

problem #12

Nov 012014


  • 65,000 miles
Passenger seat airbag sensor is faulty, causing the airbag light to be illuminated on the dashboard. Sensor will not detect someone seated, causing the airbag not to deploy if in an accident.

- Nitro, WV, USA

problem #11

Aug 052015


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G5. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle stalled causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle and crash into a ditch. During the crash, the seat belts failed to retract and the air bags did not deploy. The driver sustained a concussion and upper torso trauma and the front passenger suffered a fractured neck, vertebrae, and a concussion. Both occupants required medical attention. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Concrete, WA, USA

problem #10

Jan 062015


  • 74,100 miles
I was in a motor vehicle accident, my vehicle was totaled and the air bag did not deploy. I was cut off by another vehicle that then slammed their brakes, I hit the rear of that vehicle it was a 2011 Ford Focus that vehicle was not damaged and the driver was not hurt. My vehicle was deemed a total loss and I suffered a neck/back/shoulder injury.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #9

Nov 062012


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owned a 2008 Pontiac G5. While driving approximately 20 mph, another vehicle crashed into the driver side of the vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. In addition, the contact stated that the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle failed to respond. The driver sustained a neck and head injury that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 35,000.

- Lorena, TX, USA

problem #8

Nov 152014


  • 105,000 miles


Purchased above vehicle used 2 weeks ago has the following recalls campaign number: 12V459000 campaign number: 14V047000 campaign number: 14E021000 car has issues dying on the freeway when bumps are hit and reeks of gasoline when decelerating or operated for short periods of time GM was contacted on their 1-800 line today 11/17/14 they have refused to perform the recall on this auto mobile stating its a "branded title" from Oklahoma if I wanted it addressed to call the state of ok"??" allowing corporates to defy regulations is not the way to protect the public!!!!!!! vehicle will not pass required emissions testing with the fuel pump puking gasoline it is unusable until repaired.

- Ft Worth , TX, USA

problem #7

May 302014

G5 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
While driving the vehicle, the steering went hay wire to where we lost control of the car and crashed. We were unable to control the car and it veered off into somebody else's lane and hit their vehicle. The air bags never deployed like they should have. We are unsure of what happened and are struggling to pay for the repairs.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #6

Feb 042013


  • miles
I started noticing that my air bag lights would say they were off sometimes, but now they are always off. These cars are not safe.

- Hixson, TN, USA

problem #5

Mar 172014


  • 67,000 miles
I'm experiencing issues with my airbag light. It keeps coming on and off at random times. After much research I have found that many people with the Pontiac G5's have the same issue that I am having and this is due to improper wiring under the passenger side seat of the car. I have contacted the Pontiac dealership and the GM dealership and they both claim that they do not know what would be causing my airbag light to be going on and off and the only way to diagnose the issue is to pay $100 just to tell me whether or not faulty wiring is the issue. I'm paranoid to drive my car because I'm afraid that there could be something wrong with my airbag or maybe it is just faulty wiring. I think this is something that should be recalled since there are so many people with this same exact issue. As a matter of fact there is an entire website devoted for people who have this issue. I can't get my inspection done because the light just pops on randomly. If this is a wiring issue that so many people are having, why isn't GM being held liable for the issue" why is the airbag only covered if it is deployed" this has been going on for a couple weeks on and off and I would really appreciate some kind of response or just a way to handle this. I am a full time student and I do not have $100 lying around to have someone run a diagnostic and then pay even more just to fix a wire.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #4

Jul 022012

G5 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


There seems to be a common issue of the "service air bag" light going off for G5S and cobalts. It is clearly a defective part issue, as many people are having the same issue, at approximately the same mileage, and only GM knows how to fix this issue for a large sum of cash. Failed obsolescence at its finest.

- Reisterstown, MD, USA

problem #3

Apr 102012


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G5. The contact stated that the air bag system failed and the warning light was permanently illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was discovered that there were faulty ground wires in the steering wheel. The wiring was replaced but the failure recurred. The dealer replaced the driver and passenger side air bags. The failure recurred and the dealer had to replace the master control module. The contact stated that the dealer could not guarantee that the repair would remedy the issue. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 42,000.

- Brush, CO, USA

problem #2

Sep 282009


  • 40,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) fall of 2009 in a 2008 Pontiac G5 [xxx]traveling North on rt 119 toward Indiana pa, slowing down to exit car steering failed car went directly into the guard causing my mother, sister and her friend to be brought to the hospital with injuries. No air bag deployment at all.

- Connellsville, PA, USA

problem #1

May 212008

G5 4-cyl

  • 21 miles
2008 Pontiac G5 passenger air bag system will not arm when wife sits on passenger side.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

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