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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,667 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.

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 292014

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • miles


I was driving on the highway and a driver traveling well under the posted speed limit cut in front of me. I stepped on the brakes and the car started sliding and when I attempted turn the wheel to avoid collision, the wheel was locked and would not turn causing me to hit the car square in the rear. Upon impact, both airbags deployed. Airbags never touched me, but the driver's side cover shattered the windshield and the passenger side cover shattered the passenger window.

- Oakland Park, FL, USA

problem #5

Jul 312007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving 17 mph, the accelerator pedal extended to the floor when it was depressed. She depressed the brake pedal, but the vehicle failed to stop. The contact drove into a ditch to avoid being hit by a tractor trailer that was traveling 95 mph. The entire passenger side of the vehicle was destroyed from the rear to the front end. The air bags failed to deploy. Five passengers sustained injuries. A police report was filed. The current mileage was 129,000 and failure mileage was 100,000.

- Winona, TX, USA

problem #4

Nov 132003

Cavalier 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier ls sport at 40 mph. When another vehicle pulled out in front of me, I ended up T-boning the 2nd vehicle at 40mph no time to hit brakes, all fontal damage and air bags never deployed.

- Waterford, WI, USA

problem #3

Mar 042003

(reported on)


  • miles


The air bag light illuminated. The vehicle has been taken to the dealer twice for this problem. The dealer has also replaced the air bags three times.

- Osage City, KS, USA

problem #2

Jun 242002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Defective air bags. Dealer was contacted, and vehicle has been at repair shop twice, air bags have been replaced..

- Osage City, KS, USA

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problem #1

Jan 242002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was traveling 55mph on highway, there was vibration and pulsation on driver's side tire. Vehicle slid and the axle broke. Wheel and rim came off, vehicle hit median, air bags failed to deploy, one person was injured in accident.

- Wodinville, WA, USA

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