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Crashes / Fires:
16 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
22 / 2
Average Mileage:
42,523 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Aveo seat belts / air bags problems

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2007 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #15

Dec 292013


  • 81,000 miles


Lost control while braking/steering on black ice after a curve to avoid wrecked vehicles and motorists in lanes. Car spun 180 and rolled 360 off road (rolled over the left side of the vehicle, shattering the left rear pass window, coming to rest on wheels). Believe the aveo5 svm should come standard with side airbags. No airbags deployed. Was wearing seatbelt, shaken but able to exit vehicle safely. No passengers. Vehicle has a history of sir light coming on several times and had been serviced by 2 separate Chevrolet/GM goodwrench dealerships multiple times to replace airbag control module, wire harness, and service connectors. Sir light was not on at the time of incident. Exact vehicle speed at time of rollover is unknown, 25 mph is a rough guess of speed after braking.

- Ithaca, NY, USA

problem #14

Aug 072012

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 77,980 miles
There has been a service bulletin issued...NHTSA #10047441, tsb#sb-12-09-41-001 stating that counterfeit airbag modules were put on the Chevy Aveo's from the years 2006 to 2010. There has been several reports of the airbags not deploying during frontal crashes, and many more reports like mine where the airbag light is constantly lit disabling the airbags. General Motors isn't offering a recall and I think someone needs to step up and have General Motors repair all of the affected vehicles as this is a major safety issue. How many more people have to die and/or suffer before someone makes an effort to issue a recall"???"

- Bowdon Junction, GA, USA

problem #13

Sep 042012

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
The air bag light started to flicker, then stayed lit from that point. Is still lit to this day.seems as tho this is a problem in all the "07" models. It is my understanding that with this light on that the air bags will not work which in turn is a major safety factor.

- Bowdon Junction, GA, USA

problem #12

Jun 062007


  • 37 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact noticed that while driving approximately 55 mph, both the front passenger air bag and the air bag symbol warning indicators began to illuminate on the instrument panel until the engine was turned off. The failure recurred when driving at any speed and whenever an occupant was positioned in the front passenger seat. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that all of the air bags equipped in the vehicle were inoperable. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 37.

- Roseville, MN, USA

problem #11

Jul 082012


  • 41,700 miles
I was about to start the car and the airbag on the left side of the driver's seat exploded, injuring my left arm.

- Austin, TX, USA

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problem #10

Apr 222012


  • 12,171 miles
The car has only 12,000 miles despite being 5 years old. It is babied and been regularly serviced. The instrument panel airbag light stays illuminated. Although Chevrolet has issued a tsb (technical service bulletin), no recall on these cars has been issued despite the hundreds of complaints. It seems that now I am stuck with an expensive repair.

- Bahama, NC, USA

problem #9

Feb 152012

Aveo 4-cyl

  • miles


I was in an accident where the car had frontal impact damage and no air bags deployed. I hit a guardrail and a concrete wall due to black ice. The car is totaled out. I am deeply concerned that no air bags were deployed. Luckily, I was not severely injured just banged up and have pain in my neck, shoulders, and my lower back.

- Willits, CA, USA

problem #8

Jul 232007

Aveo 4-cyl

  • 2,504 miles
2007, both lower control arms replaced, , 2007 sway bar bushing, replaced,2007 vibration front end, low spot on rim fixed, 2008 vibration front end all rims and tires replaced tires bad and rims bent determined factory issued, 2009 vibration front end front rotors out of round fixed, 2009 lower control arms bushing replaced,2009 vibration and shaking upper strut mounts replaced,2009 upper strut mounts and bearings re-assembled reset front toe adjustment replaced and fixed,2009 sway bar bushing fixed,2010 replaced drive belt,2010 both lower control arms loose fixed,2010 upper strut mount and bearing replaced, 2012 rf strut shift (on order) and air bag light on, replaced 2 battery's waiting result on electric. Issue., did call lemon law missed by two months mileage at this time is 59226. Updated 02/01/12 updated 02/10/12

- Winterhaven, FL, USA

problem #7

Jun 302007

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Aveo. The vehicle has been failing ever since it was purchased. While driving between 35-70 mph, the contact smells something burning. The contact left the vehicle at the dealer on four occasions for repair, but no work was ever performed. The road conditions were dry and sunny at the time of the incident. Occasionally, while driving 40 mph, the vehicle will not switch gears and the cruise control does not operate properly. The headlights turn on and off without the vehicle turned on. The automatic door locks no longer work and the contact has to use her key to enter the vehicle. After locking the doors, they sometimes do not open from within the passenger compartment. The contact carries a hammer in the vehicle in case she has to break the windows to enter the vehicle. The current mileage was 5,080 and failure mileage was 56. Updated 5/30/08 the air bag light stayed on, the trunk lid would pop open while the consumer was driving, the driver side door would open as well, the transmission had a strange roaring sound and it was also hard to upshift and downshift, the odometer would jump forward on its own when it was parked and then restarted, the horn would blow on its own when no one was in the vehicle. Updated 05/30/08

- Cookville, TN, USA

problem #6

Feb 192008

Aveo 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,200 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Aveo. While driving approximately 50 mph in the rain, the contact crashed into the preceding vehicle. The front end of his vehicle was damaged and the radiator is shaped like a "V". the air bags failed to deploy and three occupants were injured. The vehicle was towed. The other driver confirmed that she stopped the vehicle without warning due to the weather and poor visibility. The contact has photos and a police report was filed. The fuel system was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 12,200.

- Harlingen , TX, USA

problem #5

Dec 272007

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Aveo. The current and failure mileages were 6,000. While driving 35mph, her daughter crashed into a telephone pole. The vehicle was damaged. The side and front air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained injuries. The purchase date is not available. A police report is available. The current and failure mileages were 6,000.

- Hazelgreen, AL, USA

problem #4

Nov 022007


  • miles
It was a car accident in which air bags failed to deploy. Suffered back and neck injuries.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #3

Aug 102007

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Aveo. The following day after the vehicle was purchased, the contact noticed that the passenger side air bag light remains illuminated. The failure was noticed while driving 20 mph. Her husband, who weighs over 200 lbs, cannot enable the sensor. She took the vehicle to the dealer, but they cannot find anything wrong. The dealer stated that it may be a manufacturer defect. The current mileage was 205 and failure mileage was 10.

- Toby Hanna, PA, USA

problem #2

May 082007

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,500 miles
My mother was killed in a 1 car accident outside tallahassee, fl on I10 on 8 May 2007. She went into the median and hit trees head-on. The posted speed limit is 70 mph and the fhp on the scene indicated she applied her brakes from the time she left the pavement until she hit the trees. She died 6 days later of a broken neck and multiple internal injuries. She was driving a 6 week old 2007 chev Aveo with front and side air bags. None of these air bags deployed. I truly believe she would have surviived this accident if the front air bags had deployed. From everything I have read, this is the perfect scenario for front air bag deployment. Are there similair complaints against GM for the 2007 chev Aveo?

- Pendleton, IN, USA

problem #1

Oct 232006

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 70 mph on a highway, the vehicle had lost all power on three separate occasions. The warning lights illuminated on and off and the engine idled as the vehicle coasted to a stop. The vehicle restarted, and then stalled after a few minutes. The vehicle was towed to the sales/service dealer, where the problem could not be recreated. The second time, the electronic ignition switch was replaced and the third time, the alternator was replaced. Also, while traveling 45 mph, the vehicle avoided the tire tread thrown off the tire of a tractor trailer, and struck a median divider. The frontal air bags failed to deploy. The 18 year old driver sustained chest bruises from the seat belts and the 42 year old female sustained bruising due to the seat belt and skinned the left shin. Neither occupant went to the hospital. There was a police report taken. The contact had received a NHTSA recall letter # 06V398000 for the fuel system: Gasoline. The manufacturer was notified and paperwork was submitted for lemon law procedures to replace or buy back the vehicle.

- Vidor, TX, USA

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