really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,988 miles

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problem #7

Jun 292012


  • 55,035 miles
The contact owns a 1996 Buick Regal. The contact stated that as the vehicle was started, the air bags deployed erroneously. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repair. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileage was 55,035.

- Harrisville , RI, USA

problem #6

Jun 222003

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,880 miles
The air bag deployed without impact while driving at 35 mph. The dealer notified. Prior to the incident, the air bag light had come on. The consumer had gone to two separate service dealers who suggested that it was okay to drive the vehicle until the repairs could be made. The consumer was told that the module coil and wire needed to be replaced along with the entire air bag assembly. The air bag deployed while the consumer was driving and caused the consumer to lose control of the vehicle.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 202003


  • 88,000 miles
When turning steering wheel, in any direction, there's a "rubbing" noise from within steering column. Mechanic diagnosed the clockspring was rubbing against some internal wires and if the wires short the air bag may deploy without warning.

- Cedar Springs, MI, USA

problem #4

Jun 272001


  • miles
The air bag deployed when I started the car. Other than the shock of what happened, I only sustained a scratch on my face as a result of the deployment. The dealer want to charge $800 to repair the air bag which seems unfair due to the apparent defect of the air bag system. I reported this incident after seeing action # EA99-026 with a suject of " inadvertent air bag deployment" in your monthly defect investigation report thinking this incident may be related? thanks.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #3

Oct 302000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving air bag light will come on unexpectedly. Dealer did not know what could be causing the light to come on. This happens quite often making the driver nervous.

- Micco, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 312000

(reported on)


  • miles
Air bag light on instrument panel on. Carried to have checked. Problem located with a module on the drivers side. Carried to someone else to check. Replaced coil, but that didn't correct the problem. Tried to order another part for the air bag. Part was on backorder due to a recall of 1995 Buick Regal. The same part required to fix my problem with same product code is the same product that has been recalled for the 1995 Buick Regal. Why hasn't the 1996 Buick Regal airbag problem been recalled. I have talked to Buick air bag hotline. They say it could be a while to get the part because of the recall. Why hasn't the airbag for my car been recalled yet or will it? I see where NHTSA is investigating this already. Action #EA99026 for the 1996 Buick Regal. Campaign # 00V171000. I wanted to report the problem with my car to further aid in a possible recall. Thank you.

- Opp, AL, USA

problem #1

Jul 071996


  • miles
Dual airbags did not deploy upon front end impact, driver lost control, hit telephone pole, speed 25 mph.

- Bluefield, VA, USA