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Tuesday 27 September 2016
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NHTSA May Investigate Saturn, Pontiac Airbag Complaints

NHTSA May Investigate Saturn, Pontiac Airbag Complaints

A potential safety alert regarding the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky.

After nearly 1,000 complaints, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering an investigation into potential airbag problems in 91,000 Solstice and Sky vehicles built under the General Motors banner. (Neither model is being built anymore.)

The agency recently received a petition claiming the 2006-2010 Solstice and 2007-2010 Sky both integrate a problematic occupant classification system (OCS) weight-sensing mat for the passenger seat. The petition alleges the passenger seat sensor mat can break over time and potentially make the airbags in operative. 

The petitioner cites at least 933 complaints logged with the NHTSA’s database, though some are said to involve other GM models aside from the two roadster stablemates. Some of the complaints include:

“On the right side airbag is not working, I had it checked out and they said it would be 1,050 dollars to fix it,” the owner of a 2007 Pontiac Solstice owner writes.

“Passenger airbag service light came on at 67K,” the owner of a 2009 Solstice says. “The car was never involved in any accident and has no damage. Took it to a GM dealer, they want $900 to fix the faulty sensor. It should be a manufacturer recall.”

The NHTSA is looking into other vehicles that might also be involved in any investigation.

“The identified complaints encompass several General Motors vehicle models in addition to the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky,” the agency says. “ODI will evaluate these complaints further to determine if the complaints pertain to the issue cited in the petition.”

Stay tuned.

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