NHTSA — Air Bags: Frontal Problems

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Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,488 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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2001 Pontiac Grand Am seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 112004

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,900 miles


My 2001 Pontiac Grand Am GT was wrecked. It hit a tree dead center going about 40 mph buckled the hood and smashed the radiator back into the motor yet the air bags never went off?

- Hume, MO, USA

problem #7

Apr 122004

Grand Am

  • 60,000 miles
While driving 20 mph consumer's vehicle was involved in a head on collision. Upo N impact, dual air bags did not deploy. As a result, driver went through the windshield.

- Longmont, CO, USA

problem #6

May 282003

(reported on)

Grand Am

  • miles
The vehicle was taken to the dealer for repairs because the air bag light illuminated. While driving on 5/22/2003 the air bag in the steering wheel fell out on to the drivers lap. The vehicle has been taken to the dealer for repairs.

- Warrenville, IL, USA

problem #5

May 072002

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumer was involved in a frontal collision and the air bags failed to deploy, consumer suffered injuries.

- Bath, NY, USA

problem #4

Feb 152002

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While in motion downhill, consumer started hearing a grinding noise and a metal to metal sound emitting from the fire wall in front of the brake and gas pedals. Once on level ground, the vehicle seemed alright. Consumer called the Pontiac dealer to inquire about the steering problem and was informed it sounded like a rack and pinion assembly problem. Consumer was asked to bring the vehicle in for inspection. The day before vehicle was to go for inspection, the vehicle pulled to the right causing consumer to loose control, and crash into a barrier wall, there was 1 injury and the air bags did not deploy.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #3

Jul 262002

(reported on)

Grand Am

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision at 55 mph. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy, causing minor injuries to driver. Manufacturer has been notified.

- Cacye, SC, USA

problem #2

Oct 272001

Grand Am

  • miles
While traveling approximately 65 mph another vehicle crashed into consumer's vehicle's front/right fender, and both frontal air bags failed to deploy. One passenger suffered a broken clavicle, and another passenger sustained an elbow injury. Vehicle had not been examined to determine if air bags should have deployed. Please provide any additional information / attachments.

- Poplar Bluff, MO, USA

problem #1

Jun 272001

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer's vehicle was involved in a front end collison. But, airbags failed to deploy, causing driver to hit head on windshield. Dealer has yet to be contacted.

- Clarksdale, MS, USA

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