2008 Saturn Aura seat belts / air bags NHTSA complaints: Air Bags

NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2008 Aura’s issues with brakes, such as worn out rotors, isn’t as severe as the prior model year, but let’s just not start awarding them any brake awards just yet. Does that even exist? “The Brakies”?

One thing the 2008 does share with the 2007 is a recall of a busted gear shifter cable which can make it look like your car is in park, when the transmission is still engaged. You can only imagine what kind of fun that causes.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,985 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.

2008 Saturn Aura seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Saturn Aura Owner Comments

problem #15

Apr 212015

Aura 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles


The service airbag light came on, took my car to miles Chevrolet to get it checked out. They told me my airbag module is defective. My car has never been in an accident and it's a 2008. The airbag should not be defective for both of those reasons. I don't feel I should be paying for this, and I feel this is going to be an ongoing issue. Assumingly, this may be the reason the Saturn Aura had been recalled and not distributed anymore, due to the many recalls this vehicle has had. This is a safety issue, if I got into an accident my airbags will not deploy. I am asking this be put on the recall list, as I've seen many complaints of this issue particularly with the Saturn Auras, which were only produced for 3 years, then taken off the market. Thank you for your time.

- Decatur, IL, USA

problem #14

Dec 172014

Aura 6-cyl

  • 18,775 miles
Air bags warning signal comes on and off.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #13

Dec 122014


  • 80,000 miles
Passenger airbag light. Airbag light does not remain on when a passenger of 115+ lbs is in the seat. I had the dealership check it and was told they could not find a problem. It was suggested that maybe the passenger was not sitting properly. Experimented with several different size passengers and the problem still persists. How safe is my passenger" is the airbag activated even if the light does not stay on" intermediate drive shaft---keep hearing a clunking/popping sound as well as feeling a pop under my feet on the driver's side. Dealership said it is the intermediate shaft that needs replaced but that it is not a hazard. How can a shaft related to the steering not be a hazard.

- Newton, KS, USA

problem #12

Nov 212014

Aura 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminated sporadically. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the front drivers and passengers side air bag sensors had to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 88,000. Updated 12/30/14 the consumer stated two airbag sensors were replaced at the owner's expense. Updated 05/28/2015

- North Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #11

Aug 042014


  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. While driving approximately 5 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently and crashed into a building. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, but diagnostic testing was not performed. The failure occurred twice. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 48,000.

- Annarbor, MI, USA

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problem #10

May 012014


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the passenger side seat air bag light would not illuminate to indicate that the air system was activated while the passenger was seated. The contact mentioned that the passenger weighed between 115 and 135 pounds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who could not duplicated the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 58,000.

- Williamsburg , VA, USA

problem #9

Jun 092014

Aura 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


We purchased a 2008 Saturn Aura xe 3.5 V6 white in color in January from a carmax in newport news the first day we were supposed to take it home they didnt allow us because they said something about a airbag light so they replaced the battery, now a couple amounts down the road the passanger airbag stays off most of the time when a person of 120+ pounds sits in the seat its become a hazard as I have two teen boys and a daughter that have to ride in this car carmax wants to charge me to fix it when its supposed to be covered by warranty I need additional help this is very dangerous this car should have been recalled along with the Pontiac G6 cars thats were having the same promblem.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #8

Jun 022014


  • miles
2008 Saturn Aura. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch problems. The consumer stated while driving on the highway, the vehicle suddenly stopped. The consumer stated his vehicle, was not on the recalled list, but should be.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #7

Jun 132013


  • 163,000 miles
The contact owns 2008 Saturn Aura. The contact stated while driving approximately 75 mph, the front driver's seat support bracket fractured which caused the seat to move forward. The vehicle was driven cautiously to the residence. In addition, the air bag warning indicator illuminated continuously. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 163,000.

- Hooks, TX, USA

problem #6

Sep 222013


  • 47,500 miles
The ESC traction light flashed on and off randomly, then the check airbag light flashed on and off randomly and fuel tank and the engine gauges going up then back down to zero. And now the security system has "locked up" and will not disengage. I found a website ( townhall-talk.edmunds.com/webx?14@898.4tajacwhjbj@.F174B05/120#msg120 ) lots of people having the same exact issue, many start with changing out to a new battery, then the stater and then the alternator only to have this issue continue and costing them a small fortune. It seems there is a problem with the computer control panel having a malfunction or short. But since Saturn no longer exists, GM is not doing a recall even though they are very much aware of the problem. I had my car towed into the local GM dealership to diagnosis / repair this morning. They just called me back saying that the "under bus electric center" has shorted out / malfunctioned? because it's not getting any power to it when they tested it. After reading all the posts on the above website, it appears to be the same issue. The point in filing a complaint is that #1) GM is well aware of the computer panel shorting out / being defective as there are more than a 100 reports. And #2) as someone else had posted, does it take this issue happening while a person is driving the car, be involved in an accident and dying before any type of investigation or recall is enforced" and if an accident happens, would the computer control panel even be tested? or would the accident be attributed to some other cause like driver error or weather conditions or worn out tires? how does anyone know that this issue hasn't caused accidents"

- The Colony, TX, USA

problem #5

Mar 012013


  • miles


The back right weld on the driver's seat frame broke, causing the seat to tilt toward the center of the car. In addition to being uncomfortable, I cannot believe having a seat that is not fully attached to the frame would be safe were I to be involved in an accident. I have seen numerous complaints on several sites regarding the same issue of the faulty welds on the driver's seat. I'm surprised to find there hasn't been a recall yet. Also having issues with the airbag sensors, for which I am also seeing many similar complaints.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #4

Dec 012012


  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the air bag warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician diagnosed that the air bag sensor was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 68,000 and the current mileage was 69,000.

- Provo, UT, USA

problem #3

Aug 162012


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the air bag warning light and the tire pressure warning lights were illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that the air bag sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The dealer added air to the tires however the tire pressure failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 67,000. The VIN was not available. Updated 10/11/12

- Richmond Heights, OH, USA

problem #2

Dec 242011


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. The contact stated that the air bag warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics or repairs. The failure and the current mileage was 63,000. Updated 01/10/12

- Saint Peters , MO, USA

problem #1

Oct 062008


  • 10,495 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Aura. While driving less than 10 mph and attempting to make a right turn, the air bags deployed without impact. The seat belt locked around the contact's neck. Her neck was injured and she was transported to a physician due to the chemicals expelled from the air bags. The impact was forceful enough that the contact thought she had been shot. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they advised her not to drive the vehicle. The failure mileage was 10,495 and current mileage was 10,600.

- Goose Creek, SC, USA

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