2008 Pontiac Solstice accessories - interior NHTSA complaints: Seats

NHTSA — Seats Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,979 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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2008 Pontiac Solstice Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 092017


  • 79,000 miles


Passenger presence sensor failed on seat bottom after passenger sat on seat during freezing weather. Apparently an all too common failure for this model of car. No fix offered other than replacing entire seat bottom at a cost upwards of $1000. Car was stationary and in park.

- Watauga, TX, USA

problem #8

Mar 012016


  • 45,000 miles
Passenger airbag sensor located in seat failed, expensive part replacement, and recall on same style sensor in different cars.

- Winslow, ME, USA

problem #7

Sep 102014

Solstice 4-cyl

  • miles
Passenger seat air bag sensor failed on vehicle out of nowhere. I do not carry passengers in my car yet the sensor failed on me. I am not the first to have this problem and it actually seems to be a very common problem in Pontiac Solstice's and it's simply disheartening to see it. www.solsticeforum.com/forum/F12/panssenger-airbag-sensor-75353/ look how far some of us have gone to attempt to fix this problem. From what we've discovered this is a problem that cannot be repaired and instead forces us to replace the entire seat cushion out of pocket. To make matters worst the point of failure seems to lie with GM. A defective sensor design has caused a very large amount of Solstice owners to have issues. I don't think it's acceptable to make us pay upwards of $800 for repairs on something that is a common failure on so many of these beautiful cars.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #6

Aug 292014

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles


Girlfriend sat in passenger seat and a "service airbag" light cam on my info screen. Turned off after a few seconds then turned back on and has been on since.

- Winslow, ME, USA

problem #5

Jul 152013

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
The "service air bag" indicator in the driver information center came on during the normal course of driving and has remained on constantly since that time, approximately 1 - 1.5 yrs. This was not related to any accident. Diagnosis using on obd scan tool was completed by a reputable local mechanic, who indicated that the passenger side seat sensor is defective and needs to be replaced. This appears to be a major safety concern since, at a minimum, the passenger side air bag has been compromised and may not deploy in the event of a crash due to this faulty seat sensor. Further research completed by myself indicates this faulty passenger seat sensor may be a common problem in the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn sky. This is a relatively expensive repair ($800+) by an authorized dealer, and the associated repair costs should not be the responsibility of the consumer to correct this safety issue.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #4

Sep 142014

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 15,810 miles
Airbag service required dtc. Problem is with the pps system in the passenger seat. Problem has been widely reported for these cars, as well as, other GM products. This condition effectively renders the airbag protection of the passenger sear inoperative even if the seat is occupied. GM is aware the problem and their dealers want approximately between $800 and $1,000 to replace the failed seat components. They fail because the design is faulty in that the sensor pad sensor conductive pathways suffer breakage. The forum blog for owners with this problem is an excellent source, including pictures of the component failure and poor design, that can be found at www.solsticeforum.com/forum/F12/passenger-airbag-sensor-75353/.

- Friendswood, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 082014

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles


In January 2014..my passenger airbag light came on the dic saying to service airbag"?? I have very few passengers from time to time..maybe three a month..none are heavy enough as to plop down on seat with enough weight to inflict damage on whatever the problem may be!!! also, when I clean the car, I make certain as to not kneel or put any sort of weight as to break the circuit in which I've been reading about all the many others!!! has anybody given any thought that maybe it's a default?? it happens so very often with many of the other automobiles...so what makes our car any different??" it happens!!! as my word, I did nothing in any way, shape or form to damage it!!!! I love my Solstice, but if nothing is done about this, I, my family, friends and whoever else I may inform will never do business with GM again..sorry, but this just isn't right...safety!!!lol

- Plaquemine, LA, USA

problem #2

Jan 262012

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac Solstice. The contact stated that he opened the front driver's door and noticed that the handle was rusted. The contact also stated that the interior door handle on the passenger side detached from the door panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer stated that they had to replace the doors. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 66,000 and the current mileage was 76,000. Updated 9/10/12 the consumer stated that the passenger side exterior door handle was extremely loose. Vehicle repaired not under warranty. The replacement handle was more loose than the original handle. The handle was again repaired. The driver's side interior door handle's chrome was peeling off in a manner that can cause injury. The vehicle repair is also not covered under the recall. This failure has not been repaired. Updated 09/17/2012

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #1

May 282008

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 0 miles
The driver seat has excessive movement. When driving it feels as though you are not in full control of the vehicle as the constant changing of position during breaking and turning. After bringing this defect to the dealership they attempted to secure the seat with no improvement. After checking the stability of the driver seat on new stock cars in the showroom, they were all loose, and in one case the seat moved up and down and back to front worse than mine. I was informed that this is normal and not considered a warranty item given the comparison to new vehicles. Having seen this problem on other new vehicles it's evident that this is a serious defect. Driving that car with the seat moving as it does creates nausea and motion sickness.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

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