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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,257 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Aveo seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments

problem #15

Mar 312008

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 10,000 miles


The front passenger sensor does not read properly for the majority of passengers. This misread causes the light on the dash to show 'passenger airbag off.' This is of major concern, the airbag must deploy in an accident and should show to be activated at all times when a passenger is present.

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #14

Mar 182008

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have had my 2006 Chevy Aveo in 3 times to have the air bag warning light fixed. Each time, they tell me that it is fixed and the warning light is off. It has come back on each time. The last time I had it in, they told me that it was fixed for good and would definitely not come back on. It came on again this week, and I do not like the fact that if I am in an accident, the airbags may not work.

- Sioux City, IA, USA

problem #13

Feb 132008

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that the air bag light fails intermittently when his wife is seated in the passenger seat. The vehicle was taken to the dealer three times. The air bag sensor was replaced and worked for three months. When the failure recurred, the consumer was informed he would have to live with the failure. The contact did everything GM suggested, but the failure still existed. The current mileage was 8,860 and failure mileage was 3,000. Updated 03/04/08. The air bag light stayed on when the passenger seat was occupied. Updated

- Dalton, OH, USA

problem #12

Oct 252007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


When a passenger 130lbs sits in the front passenger seat the passenger airbag light is still on indicating the airbag is off! I have had the whole seat repaired and this problem is still existing. This is a safety issue due to if there is a accident how will I know that the airbag system is working properly. The service department says it will make a difference if your skinny but it should not make any difference due to I am past the weight limit for the sensor.

- Buckeye, AZ, USA

problem #11

Jun 012006


  • Manual transmission
  • 2,000 miles
The passenger airbag sensor does not work!!! after taking it to the dealer 3 or 4 times they were finally able to "duplicate" the problem...the sensor was then replaced. Immediately after receiving the vehicle back from the dealer the sensor light started flashing while an adult was sitting in the now is still either flashing or not coming on or not turning off when someone is in the seat...I informed the dealer of this but of course again it needs to be duplicated as they put it. I am advised to drive the vehicle into the dealership when this occurs...sorry but I am too busy to just stop what I am doing and drive to the dealership...which is located in another city. This item needs to be recalled immediately how many complaints are needed for this to be done?

- Forest Grove, OR, USA

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problem #10

Jun 222007

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,300 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Aveo. The vehicle has a sensor that engages the air bags. The contacts wife is 5'8 and 130 lbs. When she sits in the front passenger seat, the air bag fails to engage. He took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that it is working properly. The contact is concerned that if his wife is in the passenger seat during a crash, the air bag will not protect her. However, when the contact is in the passenger seat, the air bag sensor engages. He weighs approximately 230 lbs. The VIN and engine size were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 2,300. Updated 08/30/07

- Wrightsville, PA, USA

problem #9

May 192007

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,400 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Aveo. The air bag light fails to illuminate when a passenger is seated. The failure occurs intermittently. The manufacturer was unable to duplicate the failure. The current mileage is 15,500 and failure mileage was 15,400.

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #8

Apr 232007

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,358 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Aveo. When the enginewas turned on the air bag indicator light illuminated. The vehicle was repaired on 4/16/07. The current and failure mileage were 6,358.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #7

Jan 072007

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,000 miles
The passenger side airbag shuts off periodically with a passenger in the front passenger seat. This happens periodically, the only way to fix it is to have the passenger lift off the seat and sit back down with some force.

- Grand Rapids, MN, USA

problem #6

Jan 152007

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
"passenger side airbag off" light periodically comes one while passenger is in the seat. Since I bought my car on Dec 2005. Has happened more than 50 times. Took to dealer, who said they could not duplicate the problem, and everything was working normally. And "you don't take care of this, be cause the airbags still working" they never replace nothing. Possible safety issue or dead.

- Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #5

Dec 282006

Aveo 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 15,300 miles


- the contact stated that passenger 'sside air bag sensor didn't properly work. The contact stated that anyone under 150 pounds will not activate the passenger side air bag sensor. The contact took the car to the dealer )four or five times for this failure, andthey told her that she did not have a problem. She took the car to city motors, and they changed the passenger side air bag sensor, but the recurred.

- Great Falls, MT, USA

problem #4

Feb 012006

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
The air bag sensor light stays on while someone is riding in the passenger seat. According to the dealer if you weight between 80 and 120 lb. This may occur. However, it happens when my daughter who weights 140 lbs rides in the seat as well. This is a definitely safety hazard and needs to have a recall done. I have complained to the dealer since I purchased the car in Jan 2006. In July they replaced the sensor, they replaced the seat bottom (the pattern did not match my interior) and it worked correctly. After ordering the correct pattern and installing in my car the problem continues to persist. It is an inconsistent problem. I can ride in the passenger seat to the store and the light will go off, on the trip back it stays on. During one trip to the store while my daughter was in the passenger seat the light stayed on so I drove to the dealer, both the general manager and the service manager saw her in the seat with the light on. They ran diagnostics on the car and it shows no malfunctions. They stated there was nothing they could do since the diagnostics didn't show any error codes. How safe is this!!! it is imperative the General Motors be forced to fix this problem. They are aware of the problem as I have written the president and yet the 2007 still has the same air bag system. I can not count the number of times this has happened. I would appreciate contract and resolution to this issue.

- York, SC, USA

problem #3

Sep 122006

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
The passenger side air bag works about 33% of the time for my wife. I have had the vehicle to the shop 2 or 3 times concerning this problem. This defect still continues to occur.

- Gloucester, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 172006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,481 miles
: the contact stated the air bag readiness light for the front passenger side illuminated continually indicating that the air bag would not deploy while in an accident. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where an air bag sensor was replaced. This occurred on three separate occassion in March, June and August of 2006. After each incident, the vehicle was taken to the dealer and the air bag sensor was replaced. The vehicle was purchased in December of 2005. The repair invoices are available.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #1

Apr 272006

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
"passenger side airbag off" light periodically comes one while passenger is in the seat. Since Feb. Has happened 3 times. Took to dealer, who said they could not duplicate the problem, and everything was working normally. Possible safety issue.

- Rome, GA, USA

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