NHTSA — Air Bags Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,400 miles

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2003 Pontiac Montana seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Pontiac Montana Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 202016


  • miles


Check the airbags something with brake light an electrical.

- West Allis,, WI, USA

problem #4

Nov 142014

Montana 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
Both side curtain airbags(inside seat) deployed without a vehicle accident or collision.. both my wife and I were struck with the airbags. Our 4 children were in the vehicle at the time of deployment. None of them were struck directly but the noise involved was very loud and powder was present in the air following deployment. Vehicle is not worth repair according to GM. I had not planned to purchase another vehicle until the fall of 2015 but this vehicle is unsafe for my family. I need to have it he vehicle paid off due to safety so we can attempt to purchase another vehicle that is safe.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 272012

Montana 6-cyl

  • miles
Got into van, started engine and reached to get seatbelt when there was a loud bang. I was very startled; ears ringing, left arm tingling/aching. Then realized that both side airbags had deployed. I shut the engine off wondering if someone hit me in parking lot but that was not the case. They deployed for no reason.

- St. James, MN, USA

problem #2

Oct 072007

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Montana. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag deployed when she leaned over the seat. The failure made a very loud noise. The vehicle is currently at the dealer, but they have not yet determined the cause of the failure. The air bag has not been serviced. The contact stated that due to the loud noise from the air bag, her hearing has not been properly restored. She has not yet been treated for this condition. The current and failure mileages were 80,000. Updated 01/11/08.

- Hampton, NE, USA

problem #1

May 022006

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving at 45 mph on dry roads the contact's vehicle broadsided another vehicle due to an improper turn by other vehicle. Since the shoulder belt did not hold the contact in the upright position, the air bags did not deploy, the contact sustained severe facial lacerations. The injuries required stitches, and caused severe bruising. A police report was taken, and the vehicle was considered a total loss. The vehicle has not been inspected by a mechanic. Updated 05/30/06.

- Keego Harbor, MI, USA

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