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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,638 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.

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2006 Chevrolet Aveo seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 102009


  • 48,164 miles


I own a 2006 Chevrolet Aveo and it has several occurrences of the air bag not on light. I have taken it to my local Chevy dealer for repairs the first 4 times under warranty and the last visit lightened my wallet by almost $500 and guess what it's back on again. I have people now that ride with me that refuse to ride in the passenger seat because they do not believe the bags will operate properly in a crash. Like I said this vehicle was purchased new and this has happened 5 times now in less than 3 years. They have replaced sensors, connectors, wire bundles and 1 time could not get it to duplicate after they reset it. So my question is to you, who does my attorney need to contact when the lawsuit is filed after someone riding in my vehicle dies from lack of airbag deployment" will Chevrolet step up and take responsibility or do they shift blame to you for lack of pursuit in this matter" let me know so the victims relatives can lighten your or Chevrolet wallets for lack of action on a very vital safety item in these vehicles.

- Florence, SC, USA

problem #6

May 012007


  • 20,000 miles
The car is a 2006 Aveo. The car is only three years old and now has 100,000 miles and is over warranty. Over the life of the car beginning at around 20,000 mile the air bag disengaged light has continued to come on and stay on. The car has been taken to the dealer each time and they claim there either is no issue or it's just a fuse. Each time the car, continues to have a trouble. The light stays on, meaning the airbag is not working. I fear in a crash that the airbag would not deploy.

- Walled Lake , MI, USA

problem #5

Jun 272009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Aveo. While driving 30 mph, the contact rear ended the preceding vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The driver suffered severe headaches, neck, and back injuries. The vehicle sustained $4,100 worth of damage. A police report was filed. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were less than 63,000. Updated 8/3/09 updated 08/11/09.

- Canyon Country, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 012007


  • 6,000 miles


Passenger air bag off -- indicator is lit. Will not engage passenger safety air bag when wife, weighing 105 pounds is in seat. Chevrolet dealer cannot fix.

- Kailau, HI, USA

problem #3

Nov 152006


  • miles
Dash warning -- passenger air bag off -- does not turn off when person weighing 105 pounds is in passenger seat.

- Kailua, HI, USA

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problem #2

Apr 162006

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 300 miles
My 2006 Chevy Aveo frontal air bag does not work 90% of the time. It has been to the dealership at least 5 times. I have called the Chevy number in the back of their book, and the manufacturer has not dealt with the issue. They have not had the problem fixed. They have made appointments for my vehicle but the air bag is still not working. I am 5 9 and 120 lbs and my husband and I can not use my vehicle because I don't have a working air bag. In this small of a car I would die in a highway accident with out an air bag. My husband gets upset that we can not use a new car with fuel economy for trips together because I'm not protected. This car is new!! the Chevy Aveo is very dangerous and should not be purchased. Your family and friends will not be safe, and you will be stuck with a new and unusable car. The passenger air bag does not even activate while driving in town. This car needs to be recalled. It has taken me 3 months to find a place that would take my complaints. It is almost impossible to get any one to deal with this serious problem. What good is a car with out a font air bag. Please someone take this safety hazard serious. My air bag works 1 out of 10 days.

- Great Falls , MT, USA

problem #1

Jul 082006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
: the contact stated while driving 65 mph, the vehicle began to shudder, and caused a loss of vehicle control. The vehicle veered off the road, into a ditch, and subsequently crashed into a cemetery. The frontal air bags deployed, but did not inflate. The driver and passenger both suffered minor injuries. A police report was taken, and the vehicle was towed to an impound lot.

- Suitland, MD, USA

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