NHTSA — Air Bags Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,721 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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2005 Pontiac Grand Prix seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #9

Nov 222015

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 35 miles


I was broadsided by driver who ran a red light and my air bags did not work don't know why they didn't I was traveling w/B lancaster blvd and was coming South bound on a red light there is a traffic collision report is there anything I can do.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #8

Apr 222015

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
My car has been acting up for a while. It started with gauges and info center flickering while going down the road like it was losing power intermittently. Than started doing this thing when you start it and let off on the key it continues to turn engine over. I received the letter for the recall and took it in. I told dealer what it was doing and they snapped back and said that wasn't part of the recall. I said oh I thought the ignition switch was the problem they said no. They took my keys put their stupid inserts in and sent me on my way. I have been nervous about it and than today it happened going down highway at 65mph and everything shut off!!! no air bags no power steering no power brakes luckily I was not in traffic and cost to shoulder shut key off restarted car everything fine again. Key never turned to off position. The switch itself is the problem. Why did some get a new switch and all I get is a key upgrade. I am very disappointed and I feel they have not fixed the really problem. I can not let anyone in my family drive this car. I look forward to hearing your response.

- Browerville, MN, USA

problem #7

Oct 012009

Grand Prix

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that while approaching a stop, the brake pedal was depressed but the vehicle seized causing the contact to crash into the rear of three vehicles. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained bruising to the chest area which required medical attention. The vehicle was repaired. The contact stated that the vehicle was involved in two crashes with the same failure. Also, the contact stated that when the vehicle was started, an abnormal clicking sound emitted from the vehicle and it would fail to start. The contact had to retry starting the vehicle for five minutes before it would start. The vehicle was included in recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Austin , TX, USA

problem #6

Jan 312013

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 105 miles


Shortly after I got onto I 270 dublin, Ohio, suddenly the car started swirling and went from the 5th lane ended up in the ditch. The crash was very hard but the air bag did not come out. The axle was damaged and the car was a total damage. No one could figure why this happened or how. I did not get ticket for this accident because there was no speed involved and amazingly did not hit anyone and the result of this I lost my car.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #5

Feb 102014

Grand Prix

  • 115,000 miles
Accelerating on the expressway in traffic up 40 mph, dry conditions. Vehicle in front of me stopped quickly. When I depressed the brake hard, I had no ABS assist. Upon impact, the airbags did not deploy even though it was a high energy impact. The vehicle damage caused the vehicle to be scrapped and not fixed. Based on the vehicle speed and rate of deceleration, I would expect that the ABS system would have been engaged and the airbags should have deployed. If the ABS would have been engaged, I believe the vehicle would have stopped in time. The vehicle in question has been recalled for an ignition switch defect that causes the disabling of the ABS and airbags. Driver sustained a sprained ankle.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #4

Oct 052013

Grand Prix

  • 117,350 miles
I was coming up the street and could not see the light due to poor visibility. The sun was in my eyes. I didn't not see the red light and ran through it hitting an older Jeep. I was going between 35-45 mph and my air bags did not deploy ever though it was a head on collision. The car needs the whole front half replaced. The bumper cover, actual bumper, bumper absorber, bumper support, headlights, headlight bracket, fog lights, hood, and both fenders. I suffered a concussion and severe bruising from hitting the steering wheel.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #3

Oct 292010

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


Right front tire blew on my 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix causing me to lose complete control of my vehicle on a highway, cross over the center line and slam head on into an 8 foot deep ditch. None of the airbags deployed.

- Nashvillei, IL, USA

problem #2

Mar 202009

Grand Prix

  • 110,000 miles
Me and my partner were driving on hwy 1-20 when a car that was in front of us (we were in the far left lane by the median) in the 3 way lane hwy hit us head on. My airbag in my vehicle did not come out.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #1

Aug 052008

Grand Prix

  • 69,000 miles
On 8/5/08 I was making a right turn when the car accelerated and I lost control hitting an embankment on the left-the car became airborne crossed the road and hit a tree. The front left of the car was destroyed and left front wheel sheered off. The air bag did not deploy.

- Wake, VA, USA

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