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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 1
Average Mileage:
5,000 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 022007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2001 Chevrolet Cavalier. Letter from regarding Chevrolet seat belt malfunction. The consumer stated the passenger side seat belt did not restrain his wife during an accident, but instead it extended its full length. Consequently, the consumers wife was tossed around in the vehicle and hit her head on the window which caused injuries to her face, nose and eyes. Her ankle and fingers were broken and right wrist was fractured. His wife also sustained a stress fracture on her lower spine. The consumer suffered a minor injury to his thumb. Updated 04/29/10. Updated 03/11/11

- Mountain Home, ID, USA

problem #1

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

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