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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,869 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Aveo seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 222010


  • miles


I was passing through an intersection in a 2005 Chevy Aveo, I was hit head on by a Ford Ranger pickup truck, both vehicles were totaled. The other drivers airbag had gone off but mine did not. As a result he was fine, but I was knocked temporarily unconscious. I spent the rest of that day in a hospital getting X-rays done and was laid up in bed for the next week on pain killers and muscle relaxers. The pain (primarily in my neck, upper back, and my head which hit the steering wheel) has still yet to go away now almost 3 weeks later.

- Telford, PA, USA

problem #7

Nov 182009


  • 61,000 miles
While traveling to a doctor appointment at approximately 2:30 pm on 11/18/09, I hydroplaned on the wet interstate I 40 East, near exit 37, slid sideways at a 90' angle to outside lane of I 40 East, attempted to countersteer into the slide, which caused my vehicle to spin 360' and strike the concrete lane divider head on at 40 or 45 mph. The vehicles air bags did not deploy, and I probably sustained a greater chest contusion to my sternum due to seat belt restraint impact to my chest. This has also caused an increase to back pain due to a prior problem of 3 fused vertebrae in my upper spine and probably a fractured sternum, but X-rays are not conclusive. I can not help but think had the airbags deployed I would not have sustained such a severe blow to my chest and would not have been injured nearly as bad as I have been. I believe the air bag system malfunctioned as the car was a total loss, and the impact knocked me unconscious for about 15 seconds. I remember the back wheels of the vehicle flying up into the air, and the rear end bouncing back to the ground.

- Sylva, NC, USA

problem #6

Jan 142008

Aveo 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,753 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that the front passenger side air bag light remains illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times, but they were unable to locate the exact cause of the failure. The dealer replaced the air bag sensor and the wiring under the front passenger seat, but this did not correct the failure. The current mileage was 15,239 and failure mileage was 6,753.

- Sebring , FL, USA

problem #5

Jul 302007

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles


Ltr fm request the investigation of his 2005 Chevrolet Aveo his seatbelt failed and airbags did not deployed in accident* the consumer stated he was rear ended on July 30, 2007 which rendered him unconscious and he woke up in an ambulance. The consumer was thrown from the drivers seat, even though he had on his seat belt, through the passenger door window, breaking it in the process, the door did not open. The consumer was seen being ejected out the window. The consumer then hit another vehicle from the rear. The consumer further stated even though the car was severely damaged the air bags did not deploy. The consumer stated he would like an investigation as to why his seat belts failed and air bags did not deploy during such a serious accident. The consumer stated after speaking with other witnesses he was apparently hit in front and spun around and then hit once again in the rear. Commonwealth of va police report attached. Updated 10/03/07

- Woodstown, NJ, USA

problem #4

Sep 012007

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,197 miles
I was traveling approximately 35 to 40 mph on a straight road. The vehicle in front of me stopped about 75 feet ahead of me. I pressed on the brake pedal to stop but there was no pressure and it went to the floor. Due to having no brakes, I hit the back of the other car. The airbag failed to deploy and I hit my head on the steering wheel. When I reversed the car and pressed on the brakes again they worked. The front end of the car was smashed in damaging the headlights, radiator, hood, bumper, and unknown other parts at this time.

- Henderson, NV, USA

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problem #3

Jun 222005

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Enclosed are some picture of a recent accident were my son almost lost his life in a frontal collision and the airbags did not deploy, as far as he can recall and the impact injuries.

- Trujillo Alto, PR, USA

problem #2

Jun 222006

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Enclosed are some picture of a recent accident were my son almost lost his life in a frontal collision and the airbags were not deployed, as far as he can recall and the impact injuries.

- Trujillo Alto, PR, USA

problem #1

Nov 162005

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated while in a front end collision the airbags did not deploy. The contact was driving 50 mph and went under a truck. Most of the impact was to the hood, roof top, and windshield. The steering wheel was completely damaged. There was no substantial damage to the bumper. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence, and has not been inspected or repaired. A police report was taken. The contact sustained injuries. The nose was fractured, left eyeball went out of orbit, and the cheek bone was crushed. He had to have reconstructive surgery to his face. The manufacturer stated all three sensors have to be hit simultaneously for the airbags to deploy. Updated 01/25/06.

- Carolina, PR, USA

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