2008 Pontiac Solstice seat belts / air bags NHTSA complaints: Air Bags

NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

2008 Pontiac Solstice (Page 3 of 3)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,746 miles

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2008 Pontiac Solstice seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Pontiac Solstice Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #18

Jan 162013


  • 30,000 miles


The airbag light will not go off. This is something that needs a recall as there are too many people with the same problem and it cost $1000 to repair. That is crazy for a car with only 40K miles on it!!!!

- Deland, FL, USA

problem #17

Sep 102013


  • 47,400 miles
Service airbag" message on dash. Passenger airbag light "off" even when there is a person sitting on passenger side seat. Dealer performed scan test. Found codes B0081-71 in the sit. Found code 1063 in pp module. Dealer told me there was need to replace the passenger present module. Part # 19124219, module ki 11,419. Cost = $460 plus labor of $165. Mileage when replaced, 47,400. Date of repair service, 9/12/2013. A very expensive repair. For 47,400 miles.

- Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #16

Sep 012013

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 54,300 miles
There seems to be an issue with the sensor that determines whether there is a passenger in the passenger seat. Currently, the light signal that indicates whether the air bags are on or off when there is a passenger is in the vehicle shows the air bags off with a passenger present. I would assume that a sensor determines when a passenger is in the seat. As a result, if there was an impact, the air bag for the passenger seat would not deploy. This appears to be very dangerous and would cost a life if the impact was severe.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #15

Feb 092012

Solstice 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac Solstice. The contact stated that upon starting the ignition, the passenger side air bag indicator illuminated intermittently with an occupant present. The dealer informed that the failure could be related to the inappropriate weight of the front seat passenger. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 18,000. Updated 8/26/13

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #14

Jul 022013

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 47,500 miles
The passenger air bag status indicator light will not come on when a person sits in the passenger seat. The service air bag is displayed on the digital instrument cluster. The early failure of this part is somewhat common for this vehicle. Any passenger in the vehicle faces added risk if an accident were to occur. It has also been confirmed by GM that not replacing the module can lead to arbitrary inflation of the airbag or failure of all air bags. I had it repaired today for $793.16 a very expensive repair. For 47500 miles.

- Florence, SC, USA

problem #13

Mar 012013

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Passenger airbag sensor fault. GM part number 19124219. Passenger airbag remains at off all the time. Passengers are not protected.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #12

Aug 012012


  • miles


The passenger side airbag seat sensor is malfunctioning and the dash warning reflects that the seat airbag is off. The car is a 2008 Pontiac Solstice with 16,000 miles. This safety issue has been well documented and the vehicle should be recalled for this safety issue.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #11

Oct 102011

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 29,000 miles
The issue started happening on a afternoon I arrived home with a passenger and thru out the time no lights/ message came on at all. So it was time to leave. I got on the car so did the passenger. Turned on the car and everything worked fine. As im driving ready to hit the stop sign all I hear is the chime, and the dic displays "service airbag" was pretty freaked out never had I seen that message before. So I turn off the car. Wait for about one minute. Have the passenger get of the car and I turn on the car back on. And no message came on. So the passenger comes (passenger weighs 140lb) and sits down and were driving off and then the message comes on again. Ever since then the message comes on every time I turn on the car. Honestly, its annoying. The worst part about it is that it went out at 29000. How sad is that? not even half the life of the car. If please can take consideration into this faulty part. Thank you.

- Brownsville, TX, USA

problem #10

Nov 102011


  • 26,000 miles
Dic alert to service air bag system. Comes on repeatedly and regularly and sometimes goes off. Many owners reported dealers diagnose as the following: Faulty passenger seat weight sensor could be disabling air bags while passenger of appropriate weight (above minimum I.e. child) is present.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #9

Dec 052012

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 32,608 miles
The air bag sensor in my vehicle failed shortly after I purchased the vehicle through a certified pre-owned program at a local GM dealership. Fortunately this module and needed repair is covered under the certified warranty, however, exactly one month after the initial repair I am getting the service air bag warning again, which denotes failure to the system. While the repair will again be covered under certified warranty, at this rate if this problem persists, eventually I will be out of the warranty period and this is a very costly repair for a part known for continued failure. It is my understanding that the owner's cost to fix this item is prohibitive ($500 - $800), and that the early failure of this part is somewhat common for this vehicle. Any passenger in the vehicle faces added risk if an accident were to occur. It has also been confirmed by GM that not replacing the module can lead to arbitrary inflation of the airbag.

- Lantana, TX, USA

problem #8

Feb 182012

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles


The passenger airbag sensor in my vehicle triggered a "malfunction" light without any provocation. The stock part responsible and its identical GM replacement part is known to have a high failure rate. A Pontiac service station quoted the repair at a prohibitive $800 and requires GM service device to be able to communicate with and read the cause of the failure rather than providing any specific information to the vehicle owner. Documentation on this part states that it should be replaced immediately due to risk of arbitrary inflation or injury to passengers.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #7

Jul 102012

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 19,955 miles
Passenger presence module failed.

- Athens, GA, USA

problem #6

Dec 142011


  • 42,000 miles
Air bag sensor failure. Passenger air bag off because of sensor failure.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 152012


  • 63,225 miles
Receiving check airbag message from passenger seat, mileage is 63K and 80% of the mileage was with only the driver's seat occupied.

- Ocean Springs, MS, USA

problem #4

Feb 202012

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
Passenger air bag sensor failed. Service air bag light on.

- Florence, SC, USA

problem #3

Dec 012011

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 24,050 miles
Passenger air bag sensor has been improperly functioning. I thought it was because my daughter was too light to activate it. It finally quit working completely. The air bag warning light stays on and there is a warning every time you start the car. This tells me that the sensor is not working and the air bag may not work. Research online shows many of this exact problem with this exact car. The GM dealer says it will be $900 to repair. I feel unsafe driving the car, as this is a very small 2 seat car and my daughter has no other choice of where to sit. This car has never been in an accident and has only 25,000 miles on it and has been very well taken care of. I do not understand why GM does not want to accept responsibility for this issue and replace the air bag sensor. An accident with this situation with the air bag not functioning could cause serious injury or death.

- Boyce, LA, USA

problem #2

Sep 012011

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
Service air bag warning comes on intermittently while driving. Have taken car to four GM dealer service departments. All told me that attempting to diagnose is futile because there are no fault codes stored in the car's computer (other than a general 0013 indicating driver's air bag deployment loop). Only when the service air bag warning is displayed will there be a fault code detailing the circuit involved. All service managers have told me that the car is dangerous to drive because the driver's air bag will not deploy when the service air bag warning is on.

- St. Helena, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 102012


  • 35,527 miles
The passenger air bag status indicator light will not come on when a person sit in passenger seat. The airbag readiness light on the instrument panel cluster is on the time and the service air bag display on the dic. The problem has to be in passenger seat system as it is separate from the driver seat. There has been a lot of problems this electrical and modules with the passenger seat that could result a death in a crash. A lot of drivers have had complaints on this airbag hazard on all 06 thru 10 Pontiac Solstice noted in the Solstice forum. Please review the complains declare it recall. Thank you

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

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