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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,736 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 022003


  • 1,000 miles


When I drive my Cavalier with a passenger next to me and they wear their seatbelt the seat belt tightens up as you drive so much so that you have to disconnect it or it will take your breath away. The dealer said that we could buy an extension for the belt but that is not required as there is room left in the belt when it is not locked up !the service girl implied that we were to fat as I latter realized that was the basis of her extension comment. Nothing has been done. This happens all of the time!

- Winnipeg, 00, USA

problem #2

Apr 142007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,207 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving 55 mph in dry conditions the contact swerved in order to avoid hitting a deer. As a result, the vehicle struck a tree head on and then swerved and struck a second tree on the driver's side door. The front air bags and side air bags failed to deploy. The vehicle was destroyed, and the contact sustained severe injuries. The contact was wearing a seat belt. A police report was taken. The contact has pictures of the vehicle. The current and failure mileages were 62,207. The consumers son was driving the vehicle. The seat belt did not lock into place as the brakes were applied for about 40 deet before impact. Updated 12/04/07

- Rives Junction, MI, USA

problem #1

Jan 052004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
While driving at 30 mph, the consumer had a front end collision and neither of the air bags deployed and the seat belt did restrain the driver. No air bag light warning prior to the crash.

- Aliquippa, PA, USA

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