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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
539 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Aveo seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2007 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 112008

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,900 miles


Passenger air bag indicator light remains off with 140 + lb adult in passenger seat. Vehicle has 2,400 miles. Deal can not duplicate - says "is normal in cold weather" and to "move around on the seat" to active. Restarting the car corrects the problem.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #8

Aug 152007

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,000 miles
Passenger air bag off light does not go off with someone less than 150lbs and is intermittently going off with a 185 lb passenger meaning air bag will not deploy. Took to dealership and service department put several people in passenger seat weighing from 140lbs to 230 lbs. 140 lb passenger did not make passenger air bag off light go out. Service department states " advised by tech assist engineers looking into issue" was told by service department they would call me with some answers. No calls for six weeks, when I called them back service department states" it's out of our hands and we can't do anything about this and I can call GM customer service". called GM customer service, and after two weeks back and forth phone calls was told by GM customer service and dealership service manager there is nothing that can be done as it is within specs. I asked where I can get a copy of these specifications for weight limit on air bags and was told to call GM. Called GM asking for weight limit specifications and stressed that a 140lb passenger should be protected. GM representative states " we don't have the specifications and you may want to contact NHTSA. So this is what I am doing. Aveo has less than 3000 miles. I would love to just sell the car but morally and ethically I can't. I'm really tired of fighting this battle. Please help!

- Centerville, OH, USA

problem #7

Sep 262007

(reported on)


  • miles
2007 Chevy Aveo with faulty passenger airbag system. Customer states the airbag light stays on when his wife is in the passenger seat indicating that the airbag is not active. He also states the light will go out intermittently. The dealer tested the unit and found that it met Chevrolet standards but it did in fact have intermittent operation. The consumer believed the design of the seat sensor was defective.

- Warrens, WI, USA

problem #6

Sep 012007


  • miles


2007 Aveo air bag system for passenger reads off. Chevrolet notified the dealer that the air bag was on even though it said off and would deploy if in an accident. Customer wants the problem fixed once and for all. ** the issue was with the sensor in the passenger seat. The sensor didn't consistently recognize when an adult occupied the seat. Replacing the sensor would not correct the problem as it is a design issue with the sensors.

- Westbrook, ME, USA

problem #5

May 202007

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 10 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag would not activate when his wife was in the passenger seat. His wife weighs approximately 140 pounds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, however, they were unable to duplicate the failure. The failure mileage was 10 and current mileage was 3,000. Updated 03-31-08

- Columbia , MD, USA

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problem #4

May 102007

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45 miles
Passenger's side air-bag will not activate with passenger over 100 pounds in seat. Turning off and restarting the car corrects the problem. Dealer checked and found nothing wrong with system, (no fault history in computer.

- Pembroke, MA, USA

problem #3

Jun 042007

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 543 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Aveo. The passenger side air bag light remains illuminated when a passenger is in the seat. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer, but they were unable to repair the vehicle. The contact called the manufacturer and was told that they were aware of the failure and are looking into possible solutions. The current and failure mileages were 543.

- Kayesville, UT, USA

problem #2

May 242007

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 300 miles
The passenger airbag off indicator light on the dashboard remained on when the passenger seat was occupied. This was intermittent, but more likely the indicator light was on, rather that not, indicating the passenger airbag would not deploy in the event of a collision.

- Winfield, KS, USA

problem #1

Jan 202007

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 56 miles
(1)passenger seat airbag sensor malfunction/ no-fix/ thus no repair purchase new car01/20/07 and airbag light alerts occupants that (2) airbag is not engaged even when an adult is sitting in passenger seat. Problem is intermittent. Took car into dealer service after a week. Consequence of failure is upon a front end collison, airbag would not deploy causing increased injury to passenger occupant. (3) dealer service/Chevrolet and GM state there is no fix thus no repair has been done and vehicle has been in shop since Feb 2nd, just two weeks after purchase. Dealer service and GM tell me that it is a 'design problem' and even replacing the seat would not correct problem as error is within seating mechanism as well. *** service/GM stated it was my fault as "customer to wide" asked my family to come to dealership. Service manager inspected family then said that couldn't be it. Now they are claiming, "not weigh enough" for seat to pick sense someone in seat. My family members weigh between 125-170 lbs.

- Provo, UT, USA

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