Solstice/Sky Seat Sensors House Product-Wide Defect Affecting Airbags

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    Solstice/Sky Seat Sensors House Product-Wide Defect Affecting Airbags

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    Pontiac Solstice And Saturn Sky Seat Sensors House Product-Wide Defect Affecting Airbag Deployment
    BY SEAN SZYMKOWSKI — MAR 30, 2016


    General Motors may have cleaned up its act surrounding safety and recalls in the present, and laid strong foundations for the future, but sometimes the past can, and will, creep back. In this case, it involves “Old GM” and a product failure, which could have dire consequences for drivers.
    We’ve been anonymously tipped, and provided supplemental reading materials, surrounding the seat sensors in the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky, which were manufactured on the Kappa platform between 2006 and 2010. As the research shows, both the Solstice and Sky were equipped with standard airbag detection system, which are housed in seat sensors in the passenger front seats. Over time, the sensors may bend, crack and ultimately fail, leading to non-deployment of the airbag in the event of a collision.
    The system was developed to suppress the airbag should a child, infant or car seat be sitting in the front passenger seat. If the sensor detects an adult, the airbag will deploy. GM made the system standard in every vehicle by the 2006 model year, beginning with the 2006 Cadillac CTS.
    Interestingly enough, GM recalled the 2007 model year CTS in 2010 for an identical problem with the seat sensors, an up to $800 fix that has led to reoccurring issues. The NHTSA and other auto manufactures have also issued recalls for the same technology in the past.

    Giving warrant to the concern, data analyzation proves the seat sensor does wear out with overall usage and mileage, with 710 complaints logged with the NHTSA for the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky combined. Of the 710, 438 were surrounding the airbag system. GM previously recalled the 2007 model year CTS with only 154 complaints over the airbag system.
    We present this information to inform, and persuade, hopefully providing momentum to ensure loss of life does not occur due to a faulty airbag sensor. The evidence is clear, as it has been documented carefully over 67 pages by Troy Lyman, that GM holds a responsibility to its customers over this safety issue.

    We invite you to read the document and educate yourself further on the matter here: http://b17queenofthesky.com/Sky/resr...t_20160209.pdf

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    Re: Solstice/Sky Seat Sensors House Product-Wide Defect Affecting Airbags

    The individuals that is champion this is on the Solstice & SKY forum, and the main reason he is pursuing it is because of the cost associated w/replacing the sensor ($600+), and the number of incidents that have been reported on the Kappa forums. This same airbag sensor has also been the subject of other airbag sensors recalls by GM (GM supplier from Luxembourg), but for whatever reason the recall wasn't extended to the Kappa platform.

    Several auto sites have started to post the NHTSA complaint;
    http://www.carcomplaints.com/news/20...turn-sky.shtml
    May 19, 2016 — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received a petition to investigate alleged airbag system defects in 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice and 2007-2010 Saturn Sky cars.

    The petitioner, Troy Lyman, claims the passenger sensing system sensor mats can break and cause the passenger airbags to fail in a crash.

    In his defect petition, Mr. Lyman says 933 complaints have been submitted to NHTSA about the disabled passenger airbags, not only on the Solstice and Sky but also several General Motors vehicles.





    The failure is generally caused by putting too much pressure on the center of the passenger seat cushion, such as placing a knee on the center of the passenger cushion to retrieve items, or leaning over to unlock the drivers door.
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    Re: Solstice/Sky Seat Sensors House Product-Wide Defect Affecting Airbags

    Whenever the NHTSA decides that there is a problem (but when?) there will be a
    recall and owners will be notified....................

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    Re: Solstice/Sky Seat Sensors House Product-Wide Defect Affecting Airbags

    Bumping this back up because GM has issued a recall number for the Solstice & SKYs passenger seat sensor, but has yet to come up remedy.

    GM Recall #:N172080280
    NHTSA #
    AWAITING#
    Date Issued:Jan 26, 2017

    Recall Title:
    2006-2010 MY Pontiac Solstice, Saturn SKY - Passenger presence system (PPS)

    Recall Description:
    TBD

    Safety Risk Description:
    If an active fault exists in the PPS system and a crash occurs, the SDM will not deploy the front passenger airbag. If an adult is occupying the passenger seat, the suppression of the front passenger airbag could increase the risk of injury to the passenger.

    Repair Description:
    Remedy plans are currently under review. GM will supplement this information when remedy plans are finalized.

    Recall Status: INCOMPLETE. REMEDY NOT YET AVAILABLE

    https://my.gm.com/recalls
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