Background Information

GM Airbag Investigations 2000-Present

GM Airbag Investigations 2000-Present


Investigation No.: EA00-004
Investigation No.: PE99-037
Make: Cadillac
Model: Deville
Model Year: 1998-99


Investigation No.: PE00-045
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Venture
Make: Oldsmobile
Model: Silhouette
Make: Pontiac
Model: Montana
Model: Trans Sport
Model Year: 1998-99

Investigation No.: EA01-014
Investigation No.: PE01-002
Make: Pontiac
Model: Grand Prix
Model: Montana
Model Year: 1998-2000

Investigation No.: PE04-076
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Colorado

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A Hidden Threat to Drivers

U.S. traffic safety officials should get a better handle on the problem of missing air bags in used vehicles.

April 4, 2011



In 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a study examining fatal accidents in which a car's air bag should have deployed but didn't. The most common reason wasn't poor manufacturing by automakers. It was that the air bag was simply missing, never replaced after a previous crash.

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Airbag Study Shows Huge Variation In Safety Records

July 3, 1997

Safety experts urge government to tell public which airbags are most dangerous

Washington, D.C. ... Public Citizen and the Center for Auto Safety today released a study revealing significant differences in the safety records of passenger-side airbag designs. The study analyses the auto models which have had the highest fatality rates in airbag crashes, and concludes that some cars are fitted with airbags much more dangerous than others.

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