NHTSA — Air Bags Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,571 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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2002 Pontiac Grand Prix seat belts / air bags problems

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2002 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #7

May 132013

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles


The contact owned a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving through an intersection at an unknown speed, another vehicle crashed into the contact's vehicle on the front driver side. The air bags failed to deploy. Prior to the crash, the ignition switch failed. The contact sustained shoulder and head injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 145,000. The VIN was not provided. Updated 09/09/15 updated 12/11/2015

- Agusta, GA, USA

problem #6

May 112014

Grand Prix

  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. When the vehicle was purchased by a previous owner, the air bags were not secured for the driver and front passenger side air bags. The contact was unable to determine when the air bags deployed and stated that the vehicle was purchased in that condition. The vehicle was taken in for an inspection and was not able to pass due to the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufactuer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #5

Sep 062014

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
My daughter was driving on a gravel road, going around a curve. Another vehicle came around the curve from the opposite direction and hit her head on. Both air bags failed to deploy. My daughter (driver) and a passenger both had minor head injuries due to hitting the windshield. The car is considered a total loss. I was never notified of any recall on the air bags. Both girls had to seek medical attention due to the concern of head injury and/or concussion, resulting in medical costs.

- Long Pine, NE, USA

problem #4

Jun 262014

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 168,000 miles


We were traveling West bound on 28th street which has two lanes each direction plus a turning lane. We were in the right lane and the left lane traffic had come to a stop. As we came up to the stopped car a pickup truck was turned left into our lane trying to cross both lanes. He came across pretty fast and we hit the front left bumper pretty much dead center. I stepped on the brakes as hard as I could he was just to close to avoid him. The air bags did not deploy and the seat belts did not lock up right away they extended to far out before they locked. My face hit the steering wheel and bent up my glasses and my stomach and from my middle back to the middle of my hip where the buckle is. I've been having a headache, blurry vision and miserable eye pain and pain down my neck and tingling fingers. Er doc said sprained neck and back. My wife has huge bruises across her body. She is suffering from neck pain, head pain, headaches, leg pain, pelvic pain and is nauseous and has been vomiting. The impact was hard enough to push the truck about 15 feet sideways. It ripped hook from the hood and bent the hood up.the passenger side fender got pushed back into door so hard to open and fender was caved in when door was pried open. The battery box was bent. Wipers were bent, windshield got broke. The bumper and grilled was pushed back and air vents ripped free. Headlights were broken. Insurance company totaled the car. I asked the guy at the lot why the bags didn't go off and he said he was surprised because it was obvious to him that there was more than one sensor had been hit. Of course waiting the week like the er doc said to wait to see our own docs and being a holiday weekend just delay things. My laptop screen got broke and so much is going to come out of my own pocket. They than tell me I have to pay sales tax on the money I'm getting for the car. Updated 1/28/2015

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #3

Jun 262014

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 168,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving approximately 40 mph, the contact was involved in a vehicle crash. The air bags failed to deploy and the seat belts failed to provide restraint. A police report was filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure mileage was 168,000. Updated 11/12/14 the consumer stated the crash was a head on collision. The driver and passenger received head injuries, headaches, low back and leg pain. The consumer had a herniated disc. Updated 4/30/2015

- Grand Rapids , MI, USA

problem #2

Feb 132014

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
My daughter was driving my car on a snow day and she step on brake and the car spine and hit bridge base. Damage only the front bumper cover, nothing else im talking about light damage and I don't understand why the both driver and passenger bags sploud.., the passenger bag was so power full that crack the wind shield, if you want me to send a picture I will. I just wanna find out why this bag not work right, and who's going to be responsible for this mess. Thanks.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #1

Sep 022002

Grand Prix

  • miles
Consumer states that the air bag light on the vehicle will continuously stay on. Contacted dealer

- Boscobell, WI, USA

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