10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,500 miles

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problem #11

Jul 302008

Skylark

  • 82,000 miles
On July 30 2008 the drivers side airbag deployed in my 1996 Buick Skylark. I was sitting at a red light when this occurred. Minor injuries bruises and a small cut on my chest area. After reviewing the recalls on this car, I realize that I have other problems related to other recalls. Upon contacting the local Buick dealer, I was told my car did not match any of the recall companies? perhaps it should have made the campaign list.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #10

Jun 212008

Skylark

  • 47,500 miles
I got a letter from GM, Buick motor division, that was a " customer advisory" not a recall that said if my 1996 Buick has ever been wet or had water soak the floor board on the passenger side the air bags might deploy at any time due to a malfunction of the control box located under the front passenger seat. It said I need to have the car serviced asap to correct the problem if it has indeed been wet. And it has been wet on several occasions due to failure of the door gaskets and rear window seal and possibly the trunk gasket. I feel that GM should pay at the least for the dealer to decide if the control box needs to be replaced or not. If not for the repairs needed to insure that the air bags don't deploy for no reason while I'm going down the road causing an accident. Air bags are supposed to help you not hurt you. J.M.K.

- Martinsburg, WV, USA

problem #9

Jun 182008

Skylark

  • miles
The contact owns a 1996 Buick Skylark. On June 18, 2008, the contact received an owner's manual supplement pertaining to the air bag controller module on the front passenger side. He is outraged because GM is refusing to make any repairs to the air bag system. The letter mentioned that consumers have sustained minor injuries due to air bag deployment after the vehicle has been exposed to water. The conclusion was that this is a design flaw. There had been no failure to date. The current mileage was 124,000.

- Nacortes, WA, USA

problem #8

Feb 252004

(reported on)

Skylark

  • 140,000 miles
Frontal air bags deployed while consumer was warming up the vehicle. There was no one inside the vehicle. When the airbags deployed front windshield broke on the passenger's side.

- Lebo, KS, USA

problem #7

Feb 102003

(reported on)

Skylark

  • miles
The air bags deployed without impact.

- Brockport, NY, USA

problem #6

Sep 022002

Skylark

  • miles
While driving at 20mph front air bags deployed without vehicle being involved in an accident. Contacted dealer.

- Malta, OH, USA

problem #5

Jul 132001

Skylark

  • miles
While driving on a smooth, clear two lane highway at a steady speed, passenger air bag deployed without warning.

- Bridgman, MI, USA

problem #4

Dec 051997

Skylark

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bags: Driving approximately 30mph when car ahead made an illegal turn, front ofconsumer's car hit the passenger's side of other car and neither air bag deployed.

- Harwood Heights, IL, USA

problem #3

Dec 051997

Skylark

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bags: Driving approximately 30mph when car ahead made an illegal turn, front ofconsumer's car hit the passenger's side of other car and neither air bag deployed.

- Harwood Heights, IL, USA

problem #2

Apr 211997

Skylark

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at approximately 25mph driver's airbag inadvertently deployed, no impact on hwy, sustained injury to right arm, no prior warning.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #1

Mar 221996

Skylark

  • miles
Consumer received a manufacturer's notice for air bag defect on Nov./96 had the repairs done Dec./96. Consumer had a vehicle crash on Mar-22-97 when the air bags deployed the passenger side bag was ripped, allowing a black colored sodium acid to spill into vehicle, this sodium acid has a bad smell that won't go away. The manufacturer said that was not possible and that Mr. Fletcher was lying about the air bag.

- Homer City, PA, USA