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Old 01-02-2011, 10:44 PM   #1
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Passenger airbag sensor issue?

Hi all, My wife and myself just bought our 11 Camaro SS brand new DEC 31.

I was wondering if anyone else has had the issue i'm having with the passenger side airbag sensor. My wife has been a passenger in the vehicle about 6 times since we bought it and maybe 50% of the time the airbag status is OFF. Of course this bothers me and i'm wondering if maybe it requires more of a precise procedure to activate or if it's just having an issue i need to have fixed.

My wife is about 5'5" about 110lbs. Seems perfectly sufficient for the seat to recognize she isn't a child. What i have noticed is several of the times it was OFF. I had started the car before she had her belt on. Maybe her squirming a bit to put on belt caused it? Today it was OFF. I had her unbuckle and rebuckle to no avail. I shut the car off and had her rebuckle then started it up and it went to ON.

Now just so i don't seem like a complete tool. We also own a 2010 Traverse that has the same system and it recognizes proper passengers no problem buckled or not prior to startup.

I have read the manual on the subject and it doesn't have any precise procedure so i'm thinking maybe the sensor has an issue???

Anyone else have this problem or am i missing something here.
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:50 PM   #2
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Mine works fine when my 17 year old daughter gets in the car and most of the time the car is already running when she gets in. I would take it in to the dealer and have it looked at.
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:57 PM   #3
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Mine works fine when my 17 year old daughter gets in the car and most of the time the car is already running when she gets in. I would take it in to the dealer and have it looked at.
Thanks for the input. I actually searched this issue on google and it brought me to a link on this board where it does seem to be a known issue. I will try the suggestions others made in that post until i get it in to the dealer. Has to go anyways as they gave me a "WE OWE" to replace a backup light that has alot of moisture in it.
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Old 02-20-2011, 12:23 PM   #4
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Glad to know I'm not going crazy. My girlfriend is in the same category. She bought her camaro 6 months ago and on a trip I was driving the airbag light would go off. I pulled off the road, had her bounce around in it, get out and rebuckle, the only way I could get the airbag back on is to have her outside the car and turn the car on and then have her get in and rebuckle. Took it to dealership and they said quote "just don't sit that way." So she has to have the seat completely straight up and itl work 60 percent of the time. That's not good enough for me and I'm pissed GM is willing to have that be a lawsuit.

That was a couple months ago and stil unresolved. In the last 2 months since that its been in 3 times for 2 hvac replacements and the computer system completely replaced, and the defroster is blowing exhaust into the cabin after they repaired that before.

Its going in tiomorrow since now the v6 automatic wants to shift into neutral and high rev out of nowhere, and gettin on the freeway mutliple times with her driving, it will stay in one of the lower gears and not want to upshift or make a grinding awful sound. Sitting in a drive thru last night the engine sounded like someone had a baseball card in the spokes of their bicycle with a constant clicking sound. Its got 6k miles on it.

Anyone shared the issues?
My bestfriend already sued GM over his 2010 v6 manual that was a lemon and had 2 transmissions and they coulddnt fix the cluttch system and had it in the shop for 40 days so perhaps GM is just being GM?
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:44 PM   #5
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I have the same issue. My wife weighs 160 lbs. About 50% of the time, it reads off. I have had the sensor replaced twice, the controller once and all of the firmware updates.

I spoke to the tech and there are 11 levels associated with the airbag sensor. GM does not divulge the logic but the first time she sat in the car for them, it read OFF. The level was 4 based on the ODBC computer interface. The next time she sat in the car, the level was 6 and it read ON, so they can reproduce it.

Level 4 is apparently a small child. We then sat in a dozen or so Chevy cars. All of them read ON. In addition, multiple dealer employees with multiple weights reproduced the problem in my car, so it appears to be intermittant with some cars and very reproduceable.

GM will not fix it and stated the car is behaving "within the design constraints".

I am in the process of contacting BBB and NTSB to get a new car. Stay tuned.
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Old 03-09-2012, 11:21 PM   #6
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mine has the same issue. sometimes it doesn't show it's on.
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Old 03-26-2012, 01:26 PM   #7
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I just turn 30k on mine. First I received a message on the instrument display reading it "Passenger Airbag needs servicing" or something of the sorts. It is now off continuously (displayed on the rearview mirror).

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Old 03-26-2012, 03:38 PM   #8
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Glad to see we werent the only ones. My girlfriend went all the way to head managers of general motors after weeks on the phone with their claims department. What we finaly got out of her service manager was that they know its an issue intermittent but would be too costly of a recall. Apparently they would rather settle a lawsyit after somone dies when an airbag doesnt deploy.

We'd love to stick it out and get GM to fix it but we are tired of HVAC module replacements. And transmission issues as well. We have a baby on the way now and all the more reason to get her out of this gm piece of crap and intp something safe and reliable as like a volkswagen.
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:51 PM   #9
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I have the same issue. My wife weighs 160 lbs. About 50% of the time, it reads off. I have had the sensor replaced twice, the controller once and all of the firmware updates.

I spoke to the tech and there are 11 levels associated with the airbag sensor. GM does not divulge the logic but the first time she sat in the car for them, it read OFF. The level was 4 based on the ODBC computer interface. The next time she sat in the car, the level was 6 and it read ON, so they can reproduce it.

Level 4 is apparently a small child. We then sat in a dozen or so Chevy cars. All of them read ON. In addition, multiple dealer employees with multiple weights reproduced the problem in my car, so it appears to be intermittant with some cars and very reproduceable.

GM will not fix it and stated the car is behaving "within the design constraints".

I am in the process of contacting BBB and NTSB to get a new car. Stay tuned.
Lots of luck with the BBB. They are paid by GM. So they are not going to be on the consumers side. NTSB may be better just be persistent.
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Old 03-27-2012, 03:12 PM   #10
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For those of you currently speaking with a Customer Assistance agent could you send me your case numbers so I can look them over. For those who are having this issue could you message me so I can look into this for you? Thank you.

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Old 04-02-2012, 03:25 PM   #11
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I have the exact same issue with my new 2012 LS. It seems that when I pick up people and the car is already running the airbag will not turn on. It will recognize if a passenger is not wearing their seat belt, but still keep the airbag off even when they put it back on. Have you had any luck with the NTSB or BBB?
They gave me a loaner car when I had moisture in a reverse light... but said they couldn't give me a loaner while they fix one of the main safety features of my car??? Seems odd that GM would ignore airbags being off. If it would cost too much for them too replace all of the sensors and computers couldn't they just keep the airbag on all the time? If I get into a head on collision i'm not really worried about the extra cost of replacing my second airbag even if there isn't a passenger there. These threads are really going to help GM when someone sues them because their passengers face is stuck to the inside of their windshield.
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Old 05-24-2012, 02:16 PM   #12
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I had this same issue in my 2010 1SS. Took it to the dealer and they had to order the new sensor for the seat. They replaced it under warranty and haven't had any issues since.
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Old 05-24-2012, 05:33 PM   #13
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Just an fyi as it has been a very long time since i posted this. My issue went away all on it's own after a few months. I think the seat was so stiff when new it didn't read her weight properly. After about 2 months it began working just fine every time. Guessing the seat foam needed broken in a bit. I dunno but it fixed iself and has been a non issue for well over a year now.
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:56 PM   #14
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I just asked my dealer to look into this for my 2011 2SS and could not find any info from GM on this... Did anyone find a fix for this?
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:51 AM   #15
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I just asked my dealer to look into this for my 2011 2SS and could not find any info from GM on this... Did anyone find a fix for this?
I do apologize for any inconveniences that you may be experiencing with this issue. If you want to contact your dealership for them to check your VIN for any recalls, programs, or applicable warranties, it may be the best thing to do. Also GM of Canada is available as well. Their phone number is 800-263-3777. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.

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Old 07-24-2014, 10:26 PM   #16
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Passenger Airbag Sensor Issue

Hello all,
I am a previous Gen 5 owner(2012 LS, 1st owner) and soon to be Gen 5 owner(fiancee has a 2013 LS, 1st owner).

This is a long story so I do apologize. Let's start with my 2012 camaro. Shortly after buying it, we discovered that my 5'8" 125-130 lbs lady, would not turn on the airbag light. I figured I was the only one with these issues, so I did not bother to google it. After getting the run around at two different dealerships, with multiple trips, all I had was a reflashed SDM and a new seat sensor. Needless to say, my problem was not fixed. I was fed-up to say the least. So after contacting a lawyer, we began the Arizona Lemon Law process. I won the suit and GM bought the car back for the entire amount purchased, minus a small amount for the 18,000 miles I put on the car.

Here is the kicker, I just found out thru Carfax that GM resold the car. If they fixed something, I am unsure. I have my reservations on that one.

So now here we are again. I do not often drive my Fiancee's car with her in the passenger seat, but this weekend, I did. Can anyone guess what did or did not happen? If you guessed the airbag light did not come on, you are correct.

Now what do we need to do to get GM to change the parameters on this seat sensor? I do not think we need another recall. I am sure a simple parameter change to the seat sensor will do the trick. After reading some posts, I am certain that my Fiancee is not the only woman in the world to ride in a Camaro and weigh 125-130 lbs.
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Old 11-21-2014, 12:51 PM   #17
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Passenger Airbag Sensor Issue

Hi Joe21,

I have had this issue for 3+ years now. The airbag rarely turns on now when my wife is in the car.

They blamed the seat position, he leg position, the shape of her body (she's pretty normal).

In addition, we duplicated the issue at Chevy with the ODBCII connected. The mechanic stated that the sensor classified her as a child (she is about 5'6" / 160 lbs).

In addition, they replicated the issue with one of their employees.

After replacing the sensor twice, offering to replace the seat (which they rescinded) and offering to replace the car (which they rescinded), the now claim that the air bag indicator is operating as designed.

Now, it will turn on and off while she is in the seat. This is after I asked my wife to not move while in the passenger seat.

They told me it is due to shifting weight as a result of my driving (I am a passive driver, trust me).

So here we are after BBB arbitration and now, I am finally out of warranty.

I brought the car in recently because the air bag indicator was now showing both on and off at the same time. His response was they would look into it but service is no longer free.

I suspect it will take someone getting killed until they act on a recall.
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