NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

2007 Saturn Aura (Page 1 of 4)

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CarComplaints.com Notes: The Saturn Aura was a mid-size car meant to replace the somewhat problematic L-Series. Unfortunately, the Aura brought its own problems: namely cheap brake parts that needed early replacement and a gear shifter that could say it’s in park while the transmission was still engaged.

Brake problems, including uneven wear and warped rotors that cause the car to wobble, are common complaints from 2007 owners. Did GM use metal for its rotors that can’t stand the heat? That’s what some say, and it’s hard to argue when reports show that rotors could start to warp as early as 500 miles off the dealer lot.

Meanwhile, a busted gear shifter cable lead to some unwanted rollaways. That’s because the shifter could say “Park” while the transmission was still in drive, reverse or neutral. A defect investigation into the issue was opened in 2011, eventually leading to a recall of 56,000 vehicles in 2014.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,582 miles

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2007 Saturn Aura seat belts / air bags problems

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2007 Saturn Aura Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #79

Jan 012010


  • 50,000 miles


Passenger seat air bag sensor was replaced under warranty, 20,000 miles. Falied again at approx 45-50 thousand miles. Air bags are turned off when this happens. New fix included new wiring and sensors- plus a few hundred dollars. GM obviously knew of the problem- they changed he wiring etc. This is dangerous becuase of the entire airbag system failing. The second fix should have been a recall- with the price picked up by GM. This failure was intermitant and generally happened while driving. This a definite safety issue.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #78

Sep 202007


  • 150 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. When the vehicle was started, the ESC and brake indicators illuminated. The contact also stated that the air bag indicator flashed on and off. The dealer diagnosed that the harness needed to be weathered. The contact did not remember the second part that the dealer replaced. The failures recurred every year since 2007, at the onset of winter. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 150.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #77

Sep 072016


  • 83,000 miles
Passenger air bag light will shift from on to off randomly when a passenger is in the front passenger seat and the car is either stationary or in motion. Sometimes the service air bag notice comes on when a passenger exits the car, then goes away after a few seconds. The red warning light on the the dash does not stay on constantly, but will illuminate with the service air bag notice and then go out after a few seconds. This condition has occurred intermittently for the past two weeks. There is no way to know if the passenger air bag is functioning or not.

- Muskego, WI, USA

problem #76

Jun 012016


  • 110,000 miles


Passenger airbag warning light goes on and off when there is a passenger in the seat.occurs both whe stationary and in motion. Date of when this happened is an estimate

- Gradville, MI, USA

problem #75

Aug 252016


  • miles
Summary: General Motors has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in 2004-2012 Malibu, 2004-2007 Malibu maxx, 2005-2010 Pontiac G6, 2007-2010 Saturn Aura vehicles. On these vehicles, over time an increased resistance can develop in the body control module (BCM) connection system and result in voltage fluctuations or intermittency in the brake apply sensor (bas) circuit that can cause service brake lamp malfunction. As a result, the service brake lamps may illuminate when the service brakes are not being applied, or may not illuminate when the service brakes are being applied. Additionally, cruise control may not engage. If cruise control is engaged, additional service brake pedal travel may be required to disengage it. Service brake pedal application may not be required to move the shift lever out of park, or additional service brake pedal travel may be required to move the shift lever out of park. Traction control, electronic stability control, and panic braking assist features, if equipped, may be disabled. Service ESC and/or traction control tell-tales may illuminate with this condition. Safety risk: These conditions may increase the risk of a crash. Remedy: Dealers are to attach the wiring harness to the BCM with a spacer, apply dielectric lubricant to both the BCM and harness connector and on the bas and harness connector, and relearn the brake pedal home position free of charge.

- Nashville, TN, USA

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problem #74

Aug 092016


  • 113,500 miles
Takata recall: During work hours, when the car is parked out in the hot Georgia summer sun all day I get a service air bag alert when I start it. I have been trying to park it under the trees when possible during the hottest days and this keeps the alert from happening for the most part. Sometimes though, this service air bag alert comes on for no apparent reason while I have been driving it for awhile as well. However, I am not on the airbag recall list. While at the mechanics, the alert would not come up and I was told to bring it back when it does.

- Griffin, GA, USA

problem #73

Jul 112016


  • 54,000 miles


I carried my car to the Chevrolet dealer after getting a "service airbag" message I was told that this was dangerous and that I needed to replace the passenger module and sensor. The cost quote was over $1200. It is being repaired as I write. However, since they admitted that this is dangerous, since my car has less than 54,000 miles, and based on the enormous complaints, it seems obvious that this should be a recall situation.

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

problem #72

Feb 052015


  • 50,345 miles
It say somethings about recharge airbags

- Oak Harbor, WA, USA

problem #71

Apr 202016


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the vehicle had experienced difficulty with the shifter and with acceleration. The contact stated when shifted into reverse the vehicle hesitated for twenty seconds before functioning normally. The contact stated it took a similar amount of time for the vehicle to accelerate after coming from a complete stop. The contact stated while shifted into park, the vehicle was still be able to move. The air bag warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to an independent mechanic to get the failure diagnosed. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train) however, the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Monroe, NC, USA

problem #70

Dec 262014


  • 92,171 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator remained illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 92,171.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #69

Nov 102015


  • 1,870,000 miles


While driving down my street I blacked out due to an unknown medical condition my car hit a tree head on, totaled my car. My airbags did not deploy as they should have. Causing arm, leg and face injury

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #68

Aug 212015


  • 160,000 miles
The car constantly jerks and shakes... it wont go past past 40 mph without...the vehicle shaking. The vehicle cant get enough power..burns gas like crazy. The GM dealership wont do anything about it....

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #67

Oct 012015


  • 175,000 miles
When driving with a front seat passenger the "service airbag" warning comes on and in the middle display on top of the dash board it says, "passenger airbag off." When I clear the message using the clear button on my steering wheel it will then say, "passenger airbag on." This happens several times each time I drive with a passenger in the front seat. It has been happening for several months. I took it to the dealer and after 10+ hrs of diagnostics, test driving, etc. They say I need a new passenger seat airbag module and sensor....at a cost of just more than $1,000. They have had several 2007 Saturn Aura's come in with the same issue. At this point they say it is not covered by GM as a warranty issue. I think it should be. Apparently if I get in a wreck while the sensor says there is no one in the front seat when there in fact is, the airbag will not work....and my passenger is looking at the potential of serious injury or death. If this is not a safety issue with this GM car, I don't know what is.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #66

Sep 012015


  • 101,329 miles
When I drive the car with a front seat passenger the light on the dash keeps flashing from airbag on to airbag off, this happens with any weight passenger. I took the car to my local Chevy dealer and they could not find a code or replicate the problem after charging me fifty dollars to check it. They said it may be a seat suppression module that would cost $925.06 and is not covered by warranty.

- Heyworth, IL, USA

problem #65

Mar 182015

Aura 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Remote start failed to turn over engine only signaled headlights to flash. Upon starting car with key in ignition the service engine illuminated and has not turned off to this day. Was able to bring into local Chevrolet service dept for recall 13036 for brake lamp malfunction and have diagnostic on service engine light on May 6th 2015. Dealer states current code of P0017 and history codes P2070 and P0019. Dealer claims cause is a stretched timing chain and worn guides and wants an engine tear down to replace timing chain, guides, covers and examine camshaft timing. Estimated cost is $3271 and 2-3 days to repair. Current mileage is 100,877 and manufacturer is refusing to cover any part of the repair. I have been researching this repair and seen complaint after complaint in regards to this engines timing chain failing. Complaints range over a series of makes, models, and engines and appears to be a known issue on General Motors part for years and there has been no recalls or corrective actions. I also have an issue with the passenger air bag sensor intermittently turning off the passenger air bag while an adult is sitting in the seat. I was informed by the dealer that this is caused by a failing sensor inside the passenger seat.the seat would need to be removed and disassembled to replace the sensor an appx $800 repair. Again another common complaint and repair the manufacturer is refusing to cover. My car is regularly maintained with records available. I can not afford to pay $4000 in repairs that should not need to be repaired at consumers cost. These serious conditions need to be addressed by General Motors and possible recalls issued. It's sad that the manufacturer dumps their consumers once they cease production of a brand or model. Please investigate and advise us unfortunate owners.

- Orlando , FL, USA

problem #64

Jun 022014

Aura 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The passenger seat airbag light indicating that it is off comes on whenever the vehicle is started, regardless of occupancy in the passenger seat. Also, the 'air bag problem' indication, along with a warning 'beep' comes on at the same time, on the dash display unit. This can be removed by pressing the proper button on the steering wheel, allowing the odometer to be seen. To my knowledge, you have not asked for a recall, and I see no tsb's about this apparently widespread problem in 2007 Saturn Auras. Ours has heated seats, which, I understand will make the repair more difficult and expensive. This is another example of GM's inappropriate means of cutting costs in safety related areas, such as the ignition switch troubles incurred on the 2005 ion.

- Trufant, MI, USA

problem #63

Feb 132015

Aura 6-cyl

  • 93,800 miles
My service air bag light came on after going over a bump. It has remained on since.

- Crystal, MN, USA

problem #62

Dec 152014


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the front passenger seat air bag sensor light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the air bag sensor was defective. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000. The VIN was not available.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #61

Jun 102008


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the service air bag warning light illuminated. The contact mentioned that the service air bag warning light would flash and suddenly remain illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the front passenger side air bag module and the wiring harness needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 15,000.

- Clarksburg, MO, USA

problem #60

Dec 202014

Aura 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Airbag alert on message center. We took it in and the repair was at least a thousand dollars.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

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