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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 1
Average Mileage:
25,811 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Chevrolet Aveo seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 192010


  • 37,000 miles


Car was traveling at approximately 40 km\H when a sudden stop occurred in traffic. My wife was about to change lanes and was looking in her blind spot and when she turned back she could not stop in time. She rear-ended another vehicle totaling her 2004 Aveo and then was hit from behind as well. The airbags did not deploy and due to this my wife has been in pain with her back and neck ever since. This occurred in Ontario Canada.

- Cambridge, 00, USA

problem #4

Nov 192008


  • miles
I was in a semi V car accident Wednesday November 19th, on a 4 lane major highway (I-294). I was driving a 2004 Chevy Aveo. I was cut off by the semi and my car was hit, spun out of control through 3 lanes of traffic and hit the center median of the highway. The car is totaled. The entire engine block was smashedinward. My airbag didn't deploy. I'm angry. This car has had nothing but defect after defect, but I paid for a safety feature that was faulty. I walked away from this accident, by the grace of god, and now am suffering horrific pain that is directly influenced by my airbag not deploying. I have no recourse to take against Chevy. I want documentation of this major failure. I'm lucky I didn't die. The semi was ticketed in the accident.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Oct 012006


  • miles
My daughter lost control of her 2004 Aveo. The state police officer said that the front of the car hit the tree a high speed and that the air bags did not deploy.

- College Park, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 192005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,054 miles
During a 60 mph collision vehicle rolled over, and the front air bags did not deploy. Consumer sustained injuries, and was hospitalized. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #1

Feb 172005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was in a car wreck where a woman shot across in front of me and I hit her in the passenger side of her vehicle and it was a solid impact for my vehicle at about 25-35 mph. And my airbags, both driver and passenger failed to deploy which resulted in my brother B myself and my sister. Being injured.

- Gilbert , WV, USA

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