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Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 1
Average Mileage:
9,091 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Chevrolet Cavalier seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #11

Apr 282002

Cavalier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles


The consumer states that a 2001 Chevrolet caviler has faulty seat belts. The consumer was in involved in a crash with a garbage truck. The consumer was hit by another vehicle that ran a red light. The consumer was knocked under the garbage truck. The consumer had one passenger and two family pets with him. The driver and passenger were buckled up. The passengers knees went through the dashboard. The seatbelt did not hold the passenger securely in the seat. The seatbelt looped the passengers bowels. This happened on Friday and on Monday the passenger had to have major surgery to remover some of her intestines. The speed was about 30-35 mph when the crash occurred. A year later the passenger was still having problems with her knees, from the crash. The passenger ended up with cancer in the knees, in the exact same spot that her knees were injured in the wreck. In April the passenger passed away, and the driver believes that this was a result from the seatbelts not working. The consumer does have pictures of the crash and a police report. No insurance report. All of the information provided is all that the owner has access to or knows.

- Dante, VA, USA

problem #10

Dec 022002


  • miles
Vehicle did not pass inspection because vehicle does not have air bags. The vehicle was involved in an accident and the air bags deployed. The consumer purchased the vehicle as is.

- Glendale Heights, IL, USA

problem #9

Oct 122004

Cavalier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision at 30 mph impact with another vehicle, and both frontal air bags failed to deploy. Dealer was not notified.

- Front Royal, VA, USA

problem #8

Dec 112003


  • miles


2001 Chevrolet Cavalier, front driver side seat belt defective. " hair trigger press to release button" my daughter christina, age 23 was wearing her seat belt, when on impact her buckle unlatched, causing her to be ejected from her vehicle. Contributing factors are inertial unlatching where the seat belt becomes unlatched during the collision. Also both air bags did not did not deploy and side impact.

- Jonestown, PA, USA

problem #7

Nov 022003


  • miles
Vehicle involved in accident and air bags did not fully deploy. The consumer's husband was involved in an accident. The vehicle's driver's side air did not fully deploy and the passenger's side air bag deployed violently and shattered the windshield. The consumer's husband sustained injuries.

- Fayetteville, PA, USA

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problem #6

Sep 152002

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At 35,500 miles front steering started making a popping noise while turning corners. A few days later, the ABS light came on and would not reset. Car was taken to dealership where the ABS master computer was replaced. And steering was lubed. At 37,000 miles popping came back, dealership said that since it was no longer under warranty, they were not responsible for it. Also, at 45,000 miles the brakes were shaking, after investigation, mechanic stated that rotors were warped and needed to be replaced. I have had this car for 18 months and am looking at having to replace the rack and pinion system and I only have 55,000 miles on the car now. Then today, my airbag warning light has begun to stay on. Am going to have to go, once again, to the dealership for fear that airbags won't inflate in collision.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #5

Sep 182002


  • miles


Consumer states while sitting, a car hit him from behind at high speed into another car and air bag did not deploy.

- Gaupier, MS, USA

problem #4

Mar 012002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 45 mph, consumer ran off the road to avoid hitting another vehicle, and ran head-on into an enbankment. Upon impact, air bags failed to deploy. Contacted dealer.

- Danville, PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 252002


  • miles
Air bags failed to work when involved in a crash resulting in car hitting bank and turning upside down. My dad was the owner of this car but I feel a replacement car with working airbags will keep this from going into litigation.

- Salineville, OH, USA

problem #2

Feb 232002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At 55 mph consumer applied brake, vehicle vibrated and consumer lost control without warning. Vehicle spun around, hit a guardrail head on, then skidded 35 yards down a embankment. Passenger suffered back injuries. Vehicle was totalled however the air bags did not deploy, the ABS did not work and the vehicle did not stop until it hit the guardrail and skid 35 yards down the guardrail, the turn sugnal failed due to a blown fuse.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 232001


  • miles
Rented vehicle. Vehicle collided into a dear at 60 mph, and airbags did not deploy.

- Marble Hill, MO, USA

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