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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
26 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
18 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,188 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Cavalier seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #31

Dec 222005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I rear ended someone going 45 mph and my air bags did not deploy and I do not understand why. This was a frontal crash and from all the literature I have read, it indicates that the airbags should have deployed.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #30

Nov 052004

Cavalier

  • miles
While slowing from a speed of 45 mph the vehicle's air bags deployed. The consumer tried to control the vehicle as the air bag was blocking her view. The vehicle came to a stop in a ditch. Two witnesses assisted the consumer. The consumer stated that there was no collision until the air bag deployed.

- Castalia, NC, USA

problem #29

Nov 052004

Cavalier

  • 36,813 miles
The front air bags inadvertently deployed.. no collision prior to air bag deployment, slowed to stop, approximately from stop sign. Air bag deployed, vehicle skidded into a ditch.

- Castalia, NC, USA

problem #28

Nov 022004

Cavalier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The consumer was sitting at an intersection and without warning, another driver ran a red light and hit the driver head on at the intersection. The frontal air bags did not deploy. The consumer and passenger sustained head a neck injuries and was transported by ambulance to the hospital. The vehicle was towed and totaled by the insurance company. Please fill in additional information.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #27

Oct 042004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was taken to the dealer for a routine inspection, and mechanic determined that both frontal air bags were faulty and needed to be replaced.

- Charlotte Amalie, VI, USA

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problem #26

May 062003

Cavalier

  • miles
The vehicle hit a pot hole and the driver and passenger air bags deployed.

- Waynesboro, MS, USA

problem #25

Oct 062001

Cavalier

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Car was stopped about 2 feet from wall. Foot slipped off brake allowing car to roll forward, causing it to bump wall. Air bags deployed and passenger side air bag busted windshield. Parts/service manager at our local General Motors dealer removed bumper and inspected, and he saw no reason why air bags should have deployed. Also, there is no visible damage to vehicle other than air bags deploying and busted windshield. He contacted General Motors and reported this. They refused to do anything about it and they also refused to send an inspector.

- State Line, MS, USA

problem #24

Nov 142000

Cavalier

  • miles
Had trouble with traction light. Car would lose traction even with new tirew all time brakes and car was totaled in car wreck, airbags did not come out, and daughter was hurt. It was a front and side and back hit at 55-60 mph, hitting a ramp direct and bouncing off, and hitting again on an interstate. Very upset that airbags did not come out, would of prevented maybe daughter from getting hurt so badly.

- Erwin, NC, USA

problem #23

Sep 112000

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving about 30 mph front driver's air bag deployed without a warning or a reason.

- Olaphe, KS, USA

problem #22

Apr 252000

Cavalier

  • miles
While driving on local street traveling about 20mph, vehicle swerved to avoid hitting a cat on the road, and hit a parked car in the street. Upon impact, neither airbag deployed.

- Brighton, MA, USA

problem #21

Dec 261999

Cavalier

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The telephone pole was struck head-on at 20 mph, airbags failed to delpoy. As result, sustained back and neck injuries.

- Wheeling, WV, USA

problem #20

Dec 261999

Cavalier

  • miles
The telephone pole was struck head-on at 20 mph, airbags failed to delpoy. As result, sustained back and neck injuries.

- Wheeling, WV, USA

problem #19

Sep 151999

Cavalier

  • miles
While traveling at 30 mph vehicle crashed into a tree head-on, and there was no deployment of the driver's side or passenger's side air bags. The vehicle has been totalled.

- Somerville, AL, USA

problem #18

Sep 151999

Cavalier

  • miles
While traveling at 30 mph vehicle crashed into a tree head-on, and there was no deployment of the driver's side or passenger's side air bags. The vehicle has been totalled.

- Somerville, AL, USA

problem #17

Sep 151999

Cavalier

  • miles
While traveling at 30 mph vehicle crashed into a tree head-on, and there was no deployment of the driver's side or passenger's side air bags. The vehicle has been totalled.

- Somerville, AL, USA

problem #16

Apr 191999

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles
False deployment of air bag resulting in injury to consumer when air bag exploded in face and body while parking vehicle (rented vehicle). (attorney for consumer) mjs.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #15

Jun 261998

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer has experienced air bag deployedment at a 5 mph, fender bender on the street. Dealer notified, and no injury sustained.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #14

Feb 071999

Cavalier

  • miles
Consumer ran off the road, hiting a pole, and the air bags did not deploy..

- Banks, OR, USA

problem #13

Feb 071999

Cavalier

  • miles
Consumer ran off the road, hiting a pole, and the air bags did not deploy..

- Banks, OR, USA

problem #12

Dec 171998

Cavalier

  • miles
While driving 20-25mph, going up ramp, frontal impact occurred. Both air bags deployed, broke windshield and sunroof. Dealer contacted and repairs will be made. Provide further information.

- Sorronto, FL, USA

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