NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

2007 Pontiac Solstice (Page 2 of 8)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,885 miles

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2007 Pontiac Solstice seat belts / air bags problems

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2007 Pontiac Solstice Owner Comments (Page 2 of 8)

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problem #129

May 052015


  • miles


After further research and review, the passenger airbag sensor in the seat cushion has failed due to horrible design. Many others have filed a complaint and have had no recall. Please help as we as owners have to continue paying for this issue, some even more than once.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #128

Jun 082016


  • 17,092 miles
Service air bags light up bad sensor light stays on while driving.

- Bonner Springs, KS, USA

problem #127

Jul 082016


  • miles
Passenger airbag is off when passenger in seat. Not sensing passenger.

- Bloomingdale, IL, USA

problem #126

Jun 282016


  • 25,000 miles


We are getting a warning that the passenger seat belt module needs servicing. I went to the local dealer and they said the module needs replaced. The vehicle has 25100 miles on it and I see on the internet there are lots of folks with the same problem.

- Royal Center, IN, USA

problem #125

May 282016


  • 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 #124

May 132016


  • 60,000 miles
Service air bag light has come on and will not go off. Can't recall if the light came on during motion or not.

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

problem #123

Mar 152016


  • 85,000 miles


This is a serious issue that's needs to be addressed, so many of the Solstice's and sky's are being affected by this. I for one don't want to have any of my passengers killed in a wreck because of the air bag. The passenger air bag sensor is over $800 to fix, this makes it hard on low income drivers to fix the issue, when it should be a GM recall in the first place.

- Leighton, AL, USA

problem #122

Apr 302016


  • 31,800 miles
Vehical was taken to the dealership on 05/13/2016 due to indicator lights that stated the passenger air bag was not functioning. The vehical has been maticulously maintained and only had 31,911 miles effective 05/13/2016. "dealer scan and analysis found that the dtc 1063 diaged per si as an internally shorted ppm". basically, this was a permanent failure of the ppm manufactured by iee in luxembourg, germany. The only repair option was to replace with a new seat cushion containing an integrated ppm. This was at a proposed cost of $818.35 including all taxes, since the vehical was no longer covered by waranty. There is enough documentation in various data bases, including a recent request to NHTSA to consider this a safety recall issue. Mr. Troy lyman's request documents significant failures in the Pontiac soltice and Saturn sky vehicals, and provides a compelling rational for NHTSA to initiate an investigation. The failure was first noticed approximately 2 weeks before taking it into the dealer. I waw taking the car to the car wash, and when I started the car before leaving the garage, a warning message appeared on my dash cluster. It could be reset; however, would appear again each time the car was started. I did some research for this failure prior to taking in to the dealer. When I agreed to have the dealer fix the failure, I also requested that he provide me with the failed part. I subsequently took the failed seat cushion apart to see if I could see any breaks in the ppm that would cause a short. I could see nothing as apparent as I had seen in the online research regarding this issue. My opinion is that something is definitely inferior with the ppm that is causing this failure. I will attach some pictures of the failed seat cushion ppm. I would also provide the actual failed product upon your request.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #121

Jun 072015


  • 67,000 miles
The sensor that tells if the seat is occupied has malfunctioned causing the airbag light to remain on and impair the operation of the airbag system.

- Arnold, MO, USA

problem #120

Apr 102016


  • 20,000 miles
My Pontiac Solstice - like 1000S of others - recently experienced the passenger airbag failure. This failure is a 'known deficiency' that GM has yet to recognize and address. This failure prevents the passenger (and maybe even the driver-side) airbag from deploying placing the passengers at great risk! the failure tends to occur after the warranted period is over thus costing the owner $1000 to replace. Many owners cannot afford such a cost and so do not get the part replaced - placing the passengers at risk! this is a known problem and an obvious safety issue. I would submit given the prevalence of this issue that it is a larger safety issue than the ignition switch recall which was really caused by the few owners who carried the weight of a bowling ball on their key chain. It's about time this 'safety organization' brought this to the attention of GM and GM corrected this deficiency as part of a recall! the takata recall is being completed on millions of vehicles due to the possibility of an airbag deployment hurting/killing the passenger. Here - with this Solstice issue - the airbag won't deploy at all. Isn't that even worse?

- West New York, NJ, USA

problem #119

Mar 012016


  • miles


Takata recall. The airbag service maintenance light turned on two different times & serviced the last 3 years costing me a lot of money.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #118

Jun 102015


  • miles
Have replaced passenger seat sensor mat two times. Why is it that people have to die before NHTSA will react to a known problem? cadilac ats was recalled for the exact same thing, and while the mats may be slightly different, they indeed have the same problem. You have enough documentation to prove this. So I am wondering why you keep ignoring this.

- Mchenry, IL, USA

problem #117

Feb 292016


  • 65,000 miles
My passenger airbag sensor system stopped working without any cause resulting in a "service airbag" warning on the dic in the dash. Searching forums for all varieties of the GM kappa platform (Saturn sky, opel GT, and Pontiac Solstice) it appears this failure is happening to every single vehicle made with this system and is not caused by usual wear, or any sort of mistreatment of the device or the car - it is a clear manufacturing defect. GM holds your car hostage for $1000 to fix this problem when the part can be obtained from europe for $99 - disgusting. In my case, the car sat in the garage over the winter, and upon getting in the car this spring to start it, the warning light came on, the last time the car was driven the light was not on, and no-one has touched the passenger seat since, so the problem was not caused by abuse or wear it is simply a defective part that fails for no reason after some period of time.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #116

Aug 302013


  • 87,564 miles
Passenger sat down air bag light came on. Vehicle was in park in a parking lot.dealer said $800.to repair, now air bags will not deploy.

- Cleveland, TN, USA

problem #115

Feb 052016

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The sensor in the passenger seat that detects a passenger and activates the air bag system for the passenger seat is broken. Now, whenever there is a passenger, the air bag for the passenger side shows as off. My vehicle is an '07, but has only 50,000 miles. The sensor appears to be very thin and flimsy. With this item broken, in the event of an accident, the air bag would not deploy even though there is a passenger in the seat. This is a design flaw and is very dangerous. A similar recall was made on this item for the Cadillac line. Thank you

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #114

Nov 152014


  • 27,000 miles
Our vehicle in motion turning left from turn lane with green arrow when we were hit by driver who ran red light. Our car sustained substantial front end damage (totalled) but neither the driver nor passenger airbag deployed.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #113

Feb 022016


  • 22,000 miles
I placed a grocery bag on front seat, the red air bag light came on, now its glowing all the time. Dealer wants 600 to repair this. Now my passenger air bag will not deploy in a accident.

- Tawas City, MI, USA

problem #112

Jan 112016


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Solstice. While in park, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the modular in the front passenger seat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 15,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 04/07/16

- St James, NY, USA

problem #111

Apr 012015


  • 40,000 miles
Air bag sensor: There are hundreds of Solstice owners such as my self, driving with the seat belt sensor light illuminated. There is a problem with the seat sensor and dealers want up to $1,500 to replace the seat sensor. This is a known problem and a safety issue that GM should handle thru a voluntary recall. It is a problem known world-wide regarding this issue.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #110

Jan 042016


  • 22,000 miles
This the second time within a year the passenger seat sensor has failed. Last time I had the dealer (gary lang auto group) diagnose the problem with and reset the new sensor which I purchased form a GM vendor and installed myself. It still cost me $600 !!!! since then I have met a GM tech who will reset the new sensor which I will again buy and install, and have him reset the sensor as a tech 2 is needed to do so. This is unacceptable, and I do not know why you are not investigating this safety issue. If you take the time to look at other kappa complaints you will see it is widespread, considering how many were built from 2006 to 2009. Even though now I have a GM tech as a friend, it is still going to cost me almost $500 to repair. Ridiculous.

- Mchenry, IL, USA

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