NHTSA — Air Bags Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,500 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Pontiac Sunfire seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Pontiac Sunfire Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 032014


  • 180,000 miles


Every time I let my car sit for 2 hours or more, I start it up and the belt on the tensioner squeak for 15 seconds. Also the battery light comes on and the rim fluctuate between 1,000 and 2,000. When I drive it the battery light will continue to stay on but every time the air bag light turns on and I'm accelerating the engine will not shift, the rpms will rev up to red line if pushed that far, eventually the light for airbag and battery will shut off and it will shift. Sometimes when I hit the gas pedal while this is doing this at night, my dashboard as well as radio lights will shut off until rpms go down to 2,000.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #3

Jun 122013


  • miles
I was driving on the highway around 5:00pm, perfect road conditions. I started choking & swerved into another lane, other driver blasted his horn & scared me. I over compensated & lost control of my car & ended up hitting the median. My airbags deployed, the passenger side was fine, but the drivers side didn't deploy correctly. The air bag came out of the side & not directly in front of me. The airbag blew my rear view mirror off of the wind shield & ended up breaking my right hand in multiple places. My seat belt also came undone. I am only 5 feet tall & if the airbag had gone off like it should've, I know I would have had numerous injuries to my face & chest. The reason I am making a complaint is due to the fact that had I hit this wall head on, I most likely would've been killed. At this time I do not know the VIN or correct miles, my car as totaled & it's still with the tow company. I believe this, along with the seat belt unlocking on it's own after a serious accident, to be tremendously dangerous.

- St. Charles, MO, USA

problem #2

Jun 152005

Sunfire 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
While driving about 45 mph, the airbags deployed inadvertently deployed which caused the consumer to strike a utility pole. The seat belt also failed, it unlatched during this incident. The vehicle was totaled as a result. The consumer had been driving for about 20 minutes when this occurred. No repairs have been made to vehicle.

- Gardnerville, NV, USA

problem #1

Dec 012004


  • miles
Numerous of failures;air bag light came on and stayed on, clutch sticks to floor, car doesn't want to start. The turn signals and lights had gone out, it would take a couple of attempts to start the vehicle, there were times where the vehicle would start on it's own without the turn of the key, the vehicle used an extreme amount of gas, the dash would rattle, the engine would growl, the dash made a sound like the speaker was blown, there was a burning smell in the stereo and there was a thumping noise when turning the vehicle. (2003 Pontiac Sunfire)

- Washington, DC, USA

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