NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

2006 Pontiac Solstice (Page 1 of 6)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,008 miles

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2006 Pontiac Solstice seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Pontiac Solstice Owner Comments (Page 1 of 6)

problem #112

Nov 202016


  • 80,000 miles


At 80,000 miles and very little time spent with a passenger, the airbag sensor located in the passenger seat failed. This disables the passenger airbag and continually displays both a warning on the vehicle's dic and a light on the dash. I feel that this is unacceptable for the age and use of the car. The sensor was removed and examined to try to determine the cause of the fault. A breakage was found of the internal electrical contacts at the center of the sensor mat. The fault displayed without warning and has remained since.

- Covington, LA, USA

problem #111

Nov 022016


  • 50,000 miles
While driving on smooth road at 55 miles per hour and no one in the passenger seat the airbag light came on along with "service airbag" message on info screen. Had a dealer scan codes and found passenger seat sensor bad. After googling it seems to be a common problem. The car only has 50,000 miles on it.

- Justin, TX, USA

problem #110

Dec 152016


  • 63,000 miles
Takata recall I have a 2006 Pontiac Solstice that is not driven very much. I went on vacation and realized my passenger airbag light would not come on when some one seats in the passenger seat, the light stays off all the time. Now the airbag readiness light is flashing on and will not turn off, which means the airbags need to be serviced. What is wrong with these air bags and why are they not working properly?

- Jasper, TX, USA

problem #109

Jul 152016


  • 22,500 miles


Our Solstice now has a passenger seat seat bag sensor light on. We took it into the dealer and were informed this is a common problem. They promptly told us it would be over $1000 to fix. The car has been well maintained and only has 23,000 miles on it. This light remains on at all times. We were told that our air bag will not deploy. It is my understanding that even replacing the sensor may not be a permanent fix as the sensor goes out frequently. When are they going to recognize this problem" will it take a few deaths for the recall"

- Englewood, FL, USA

problem #108

Oct 192016


  • 39,000 miles
Pasenger presence module has failed 3 times. Each repair in excess of $1000. Car is low mileage and well maintained. Technician repairing the car indicated they believe it is a defective part. Dates of failure repair: 12/09/09, 12/05/12 and 10/19/16. Each time the same part and same diagnostic code failure. All serviced by GM service. Filed complaint with GM case # 8-2463003227 on 10/21/16. Relief denied.

- Holmes Beach, FL, USA

problem #107

Jun 012013


  • 60,000 miles
The passenger occupancy sensor has failed and has disabled my airbag system. The airbag warning light is lit on my dash board and a message appears on the dlc at startup. The passenger airbag (and possibly the driver airbag) are off for the duration of the drive regardless of passenger occupancy.

- North Bergen, NJ, USA

problem #106

Sep 042016


  • 33,550 miles


The service air bag light came on while driving down the road. I took the car to the dealer, they diagnosed a faulty passenger presence module. They said the passenger side air bag probably won't work in an accident. The repair estimate was over $800. This vehicle has only 33,598 miles on it. This is a huge safety issue and after reading numerous websites, there are a lot of other concerned owners out here. Can you please help get a safety recall for this problem ?

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #105

Sep 032016


  • 38,200 miles
When driving at apx 60mph the check airbag light came on and has remained on.after a visit at the dealer they told me a driver side seat sensor had to be replaced at a total cost of over 800$ Canadian

- Van Buren, ME, USA

problem #104

Aug 182016


  • 52,000 miles
Service air bag (red light) came on while driving on city street with passenger side air bag turned off and nothing on passenger seat. Had vehicle diagnosed and was told it was faulty pps module in passenger seat. Vehicle has 52'000 miles.

- Justin, TX, USA

problem #103

Aug 312015


  • 12,000 miles
2006 Pontiac Solstice with 12,901 miles has failing passenger presence system fault (71), causing both airbags to be deactivated. Consider this a required safety device. Passenger seat rarely used, in a rarely used vehicle. Just had this replaced for safety purposes at a cost of over $800. Similar to *many* other airbag issues currently listed for Solstice/sky.

- Endicott, NY, USA

problem #102

Jun 302016


  • 52,000 miles


Airbag warning light came on for "airbag service" and passenger warning light for same. Had inspected $100 at local service station. Information given to me is that sensor under passenger seat is not working properly, and it will cost me $725 approx to have fixed. I've attached photo of the determination from the service station. Code B0081 - ABS is reflected why isn't this a recall? I thought safety items had to be repaired by the mfg. My car has 52000 miles only.

- Ellington, CT, USA

problem #101

May 162016


  • 52,000 miles
Passenger air bag not working, happened earlier and was repaired, happened after warranty and paid part of the cost was absorbed by warranty, after the ignition issue happened again this is a con tinuing problem with 2006 soltice many complaints should be investigated by NHTSA poor design under seat seems to be causing all the prob lem with the passenger air bag.

- Mentor, OH, USA

problem #100

Jun 302015


  • 42,000 miles
Passenger seat sensor failed. Passenger side air bag service warning light comes on. Passenger seat air bag will not deploy in a crash according to service manual

- Portland, MI, USA

problem #99

Jan 272016


  • miles
My instrument panel is reading service passenger airbag is affecting me to be able to see my odometer reading, I have two Pontiac Solstice cars and they both have the same problem. I have friends with the same vehicle and they are getting the same reading on their cars, I don't know if the airbag is just going to go off on its own one day or not go off in an accident, this should be a recall issue.

- Dania, FL, USA

problem #98

Apr 302015


  • 80,000 miles
The passenger airbag module stopped working in my 2006 Pontiac Solstice. There's only about 80,000 miles on the car. The dealership told me its not a recall item or covered repair item. Cost to replace $1,000. I called GM/Pontiac and told them that this should be a recall/covered safety repair especially since there are hundreds of complaints of this exact issue. They told me that there are not enough complaints to issue a recall and that they would not cover repairs or offer discount for replacement parts. My car has been sitting in the garage parked for over a year. It will not pass inspection until the airbag system is replaced. This is a safety issue!! this should be covered by the manufacture not the consumer. I'm still paying for a car I can't drive.... (date selected is approximate)

- South Berwick, ME, USA

problem #97

May 132013


  • 20,000 miles
Takata recall I have reported this issue more then once and apparently no one cares because you have told me before not enough complaints and recall doesn't coverage passanger problem. For at least 3 years I have been complaining about a problem with passenger air bag and nothing has been done. I do live in Florida.

- Summerfield, FL, USA

problem #96

Sep 272008


  • 7,500 miles
Passenger side airbag switch in seat stopped working only after two years, out of warrantee and will cost over $900 to replace. Drove solo for most of that time so why did it happen?

- Trumbull, CT, USA

problem #95

Jan 012010


  • 30,000 miles
Passenger air bag sensor failed. I see that there is an investigation so I thought I would add that mine has failed.

- Oviedo, FL, USA

problem #94

Apr 202016


  • miles
Petition for NHTSA to commence proceedings for an investigation of the 2006 - 2010 Pontiac Solstice and the 2007 -2010 Saturn sky, specifically the area of air bags electrical system (cd enclosed). The consumer stated the above mentioned vehicle had repeated failures of the passenger sensing system (pss) sensor mat. Over time, the mat will kink and fold with use and eventually a break will develop in the circuitry of the sensor mat causing a failure and possibly leading to the passenger air bag not deploying in the case of an accident.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #93

Apr 192016


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Solstice. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer for a recall for the ignition switch. The dealer stated that the passenger side air bag sensor needed to be replaced. The passenger side air bag warning indicator illuminated. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 38,000.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

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