2009 Pontiac G8 seat belts / air bags NHTSA complaints: Air Bags

NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

2009 Pontiac G8 (Page 1 of 3)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,403 miles

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2009 Pontiac G8 seat belts / air bags problems

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2009 Pontiac G8 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #47

Jan 012015


  • miles


In early 2015, with approximately 4500 miles on the car, a dash warning light began to illuminate. The icon that appears is related to faulty airbag, as well as, a visual message stating faulty airbag and also a beep to alert me when starting the car. Note, part of those miles on the car did not include a passenger in the front passenger seat. Your NHTSA campaign id#11V534000 leads me to file this complaint and the fact that I still cannot find a recall on this dangerous safety issue. I am extremely concerned about this warning message and usage of the car has been limited for fear of airbag deployment. I cannot justify spending hundreds of dollars, as my findings have determined in research and also in conversation with a local GM dealer. My findings also confirm that this is a common issue for the Pontiac G8. I feel this safety issue should be handled at the expense of GM.

- Dover, DE, USA

problem #46

Jan 122017


  • 480,000 miles
Air bag fault.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #45

Aug 072016


  • 29,990 miles
Getting error code B0081 passenger presence module. Welp heres me and 20K others thanks GM ur so nice to us.

- Plymouth, MI, USA

problem #44

May 012016


  • miles


Tire pressure sensor goes off and the tires are good. Airbag sensor also goes off. Indications failure.

- Maywood, CA, USA

problem #43

Jul 252016


  • 70,000 miles
"air bag fault" message is displayed in the info center on the dash and air bag warning light is illuminated. Codes U0170 and B0081 were read at dealership. Parts #92225594 (module) and #92220398 (sensor) are required at an installed cost of approximately $1100. The vehicle has 70,000 miles on it. Entire air bag system is disabled due to this malfunction. Research indicates this is a very common malfunction on these vehicles.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #42

May 272016


  • 72,000 miles
Air bag fault light is on. 2009 Chevy airbags were recently recalled. Is this the same airbag system?

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #41

Jul 072016


  • 50,000 miles


Onboard warning.... air bag fault. When this appears the air bags will not activate during an accident..... apparently this problem is extremely common in a lot of GM cars, even though a recall back in 2011 was supposed to have taken care of the problem. Perhaps they did not fix the problem properly in the first place. GM should create another recall to diagnose and fix the problem permanently.

- Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

problem #40

Jun 132016


  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G8. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. It was unknown if the vehicle was repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 11V534000 (air bags). The contact notified the manufacturer of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000. The VIN was not available.

- Yucaipa, CA, USA

problem #39

Apr 122016

G8 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Went to start my vehicle yesterday, and soundly an airbag failure showed up in the driver info center. Went online and this make and model has tons of other vehicles with the same issue, and they want to charge consumers a large amount of money to fix something that has never been used in my vehicle. They are trying to avoid the recall as it will cost them. This is straight unfair that they source cheap modules, and when failure occurs, sometimes multiple times after factory replacement of new sensors and modules, they stick it on the consumer. Can you please help us consumers as this is not an isolated incident, and now I have no airbags in my vehicle because I cannot afford the amount they want to fix the module. Please help us consumers and make them take responsibility for their decisions. Thank you

- Johnson Creek, WI, USA

problem #38

Feb 022016


  • miles
The airbag sensor comes on as soon as the car is started and never goes off. The air bags are deactivated during this time creating a safety issue. They will not inflate if you're in an accident. This seems to be a common problem with the airbag sensor under the passenger seat. A recall needs to be issued.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #37

Mar 302016


  • 86,959 miles


Vehicle sometimes displays airbag fault after system check during startup. A quick internet search reveals this is a very common problem. Also the air bags I'm told are not functioning when the car displays this message. Error does not reappear after vehicle is turned off and back on again.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #36

Jan 152016


  • 56,000 miles
Airbag failure light at 56K miles seems to be a known problem beeps everytime key is turned on and never goes away.

- Mission, KS, USA

problem #35

Nov 012015


  • 45,000 miles
Airbag fault light goes on and off, seems this is not uncommon to this vehicle. Light comes on when car is started and completes in safety check.

- Phila., PA, USA

problem #34

Sep 252015


  • 52,000 miles
I've been reading through the complaints and it seems to be a broken record of "airbag" issues. Mine just started a week ago at 50,000+. after searching the internet, it appears the normal cost to maybe get it fixed over perhaps several visits is 1K+. how many complaints does it take to actually get a recall initiated" until then, why won't anyone do something to silence the loud annoying airbag alarm" it is very distracting, and I believe more of a safety issue than the possibility of the airbag not deploying. Somebody please help us.

- Fort Smith, AR, USA

problem #33

Aug 292015


  • 71,000 miles
At startup, vehicle displays message "airbag fault" and airbags are inoperable. Many others with GM vehicles have similar issues and it has been traced to a failed passenger seat sensor (GM part number 92225595). This is a widespread problem and is a safety concern as the fault causes the airbag to become inoperative.

- South Elgin, IL, USA

problem #32

May 122015


  • 45,000 miles
Passenger presence detection system failure disabling the system until the module/sensor is replaced. Dealer pricing is around $1000 to replace module/sensor. Seems to be a known problem that GM isn't covering as a safety defect.

- Grove City , OH, USA

problem #31

Mar 202015


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G8. The contact stated that after the vehicle was started, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #30

Feb 272015

G8 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
My vehicle was at a complete stop when we were struck from behind by a vehicle traveling at approximately 50 mph. The air bags did not deploy; instead, I received an "airbag fault" light and audible signal and the car filled with black smoke. Thankfully, no one was injured in the accident. But if it had been a head-on collision and the air bags failed, I may not be here today to type this safety complaint. I read that many G8S were recalled for air bag faults, but mine was never on the list.

- Yorktown, VA, USA

problem #29

Dec 152014

G8 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
The airbag warning light turned on at approximately 55,000 miles in mid-December 2014. My mechanic has determined the problem to be the airbag clock spring, but cannot acquire the part from General Motors or local dealerships because of a nationwide parts shortage. My airbag is still malfunctioning, and after two months it still cannot be repaired because GM has failed to stock the part in sufficient quantity. I don't know if this technically falls under NHTSA, but a manufacturer that won't stock a critical airbag component for a vehicle that seems prone to airbag failure is a serious safety concern.

- Lovingston, VA, USA

problem #28

Jan 222015

G8 8-cyl

  • 84,715 miles
The air bag system's passenger presence module failed while the Pontiac G8 GT was at the GM dealer being repaired for a different problem. Error codes were B0081 and U0170. The ppm was replaced by dealer's service technician with GM part number 92225595. The repair was not covered by any warranty even though this module is known to be a high-failure item due to a defective design. This is a dangerous defect which may cause the passenger-side airbag to fail to inflate in a crash. The vehicle should be recalled.

- Kettering, OH, USA

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