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CarComplaints.com Notes: The Cobalt was introduced to replace two of Chevy’s smaller cars, the Cavalier and Prizm. But the compact’s fresh start that Chevy was hoping for was riddled with issues, most notably widespread power steering failure.

The power steering failed so often that GM was forced to issue a recall in March, 2010. Great, but what about other problems like the key getting stuck in the ignition or all the other electrical demons this car possesses?

And, oh yes — then there’s the terribly dangerous issue where the Cobalt randomly shuts off while driving. As it turns out, that problem is related to GM’s massive 2014 recall for a dangerous ignition switch defect. A recall that eventually ballooned to 2.6 million vehicles in one of the automotive industry’s biggest scandals.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
31 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
27 / 1
Average Mileage:
40,071 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #54

Jul 242016

Cobalt

  • 85,290 miles

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

Power steering motor is out, lose of power steering on dash board no recalls when there should

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #53

Sep 242010

Cobalt

  • 10 miles
Made left turn and my airbag went off. Mechanic said that the clock spring shorted out internally in the coil and deployed the airbag. GM has not contacted me over this matter and have been trying to get them to reimburse me for since 2010.

- Deerfield Beach, FL, USA

problem #52

Nov 092015

Cobalt

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owned a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving in inclement weather at 60 mph, the contact struck a deer, drove into a ditch, and crashed into a concrete barrier. The air bags did not deploy. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was destroyed and towed from the scene. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. There was one injury that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The failure mileage was approximately 150,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Cleburne, TX, USA

problem #51

Apr 232015

Cobalt

  • 47,000 miles

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

After I had the ignition switch replaced the service airbag light came on. I took car back to dealer about this issue they replaced a clip on wiring in steering column. After clip was replaced service airbag light came back on. I feel that the dealer did something when ignition switch was replaced.

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #50

Apr 172015

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
The service airbag light started to come on and off every day and then the key started getting stuck in the ignition about a week ago before it finally wouldn't come out all together.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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problem #49

Apr 192009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owned a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at unknown speeds, the vehicle veered off the road and flipped over. The air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact sustained unknown body injuries and medical attention was required. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 7/9/15

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #48

Apr 192009

Cobalt

  • miles

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

[xxx]. was front passenger in a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by his cousin [xxx]. on April 19th, 2009. [xxx] lost control of the vehicle and severely wrecked the vehicle. [xxx] was stuck under the vehicle for approximately 4 hours and had to be air lifted to richland memorial hospital when emergency personnel arrived. [xxx] was severely injured and suffered life time injuries. [xxx] airbag did not deploy which caused him to suffer more extensive injuries than he would have if the airbags did deploy. [xxx]. later found out that GM had known of the problems with the airbag system in the 2005-2006 Chevrolet Cobalt vehicles but not report this until after [xxx] was severely injured on April 19th, 2009. [xxx] suffered a broken neck, broken bone in his right foot, his right hip was knocked out of joint, also severe back and spine pain. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #47

Sep 022014

Cobalt

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owned a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 35 mph, the contact crashed the vehicle into a fence. The air bags failed to deploy and the vehicle was destroyed. There were no injuries. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000. Updated 11/05/14

- Petaluma, CA, USA

problem #46

Oct 162009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to reimbursement for ignition switch recall. The consumer stated her daughter was driving, when the vehicle suddenly stalled.

- Repton, AL, USA

problem #45

Dec 062007

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
I was going to work early in the morning. A train was in the distance which scared a huge buck deer. The buck deer with huge antlers ran straight into my car head on. I was not able to steer away from the deer and my car seemed to shut down. The huge buck deer hit me head on. The lights were totally smashed. The hood of the car was completely damaged. The windshield was totally smashed. The roof was damaged and the car was lopsided. The buck deer antlers went thru the windshield just inches away from me.the air bags did not work even though it was a head on collision with great force. My car seemed to shut off and I could not steer away from the deer. I was cut with glass on my face, arms and hands. My neck and back was hurt. I had my seat belt on but my stomach hurt from the dramatic impact. I complained that the air bags did not work and that my car acted strangely in which it seemed the ignition switch shut everything down and I could not control the car but I was totally ignored.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #44

Jun 022014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles

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

2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer write in regards to ignition key and dealership problems. The consumer stated the vehicle stalled on a constant basis. She felt as though the dealer was giving her the run-around.

- Baytown, TX, USA

problem #43

Jun 072013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 135,531 miles
While traveling about 30-40 mph, lost control of car, could not steer, crashed through trees, car totaled. Air bags did not deploy.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #42

Feb 042014

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign id number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The contact stated that the part was unavailable to do the repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Hawaian Garden, CA, USA

problem #41

Dec 032005

Cobalt

  • 4,700 miles
I rented this brand new Cobalt 4 months after hurricane katrina from mobile Alabama, so as to go back to my home town of san francisco, ca. By the time I made it through los angeles, at around 430 am. I lost control of car due to severe stiffness in the steering. Which led to the vehicle running off of I-5 heading North bound at a speed of 60 miles per hour. Visibility was good, I veered off the freeway into the median portion of I-5, and I tried to slow down but no response which led me to roll over few times, end to end and over and over, luckily I was wearing my seat belt and it held very well, suprisingly, no airbags, none of them deployed, and all the windows blew out, and not the reinforced kind including the front wind shield. The ambulance came, and so did the California highway patrol. There is a report about it which indicates that no airbags were deployed, and I do have pictures of car after incident. I had few bumps and bruises and had few cuts from the glass on my arms and legs, and I had to acquire a few rounds of physical therapy and accupuncture.but luckily I was in good spirits.the car was covered under 3 insurances, which paid for some damage, including my discover card, and my grandma's aarp. And the rental car company.

- Ocean Springs, MS, USA

problem #40

Apr 302014

Cobalt

  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the ignition key continued to get stuck in the ignition. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA recall campaign number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system); however, the failure continued to occur. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer; however, they could not duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000.

- Flushing, MI, USA

problem #39

Apr 042005

Cobalt

  • miles
TL- the contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V171000 (electrical system) and14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) had passed a reasonable amount of time for repair. The dealer stated that the parts were not available. The manufacturer was not notified that the parts were not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the vehicle rolled away on several occasions. The failure was related to the recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was not available.

- Wilkes- Barre, PA, USA

problem #38

Apr 142014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to a customer reimbursement request form. The consumer was involved in an accident. During the accident, the vehicle shut off. Also, the air bag did not deploy. It was confirmed, the vehicle was included in the current GM recall. The vehicle was totaled.

- Westfield, IN, USA

problem #37

May 012014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall notice. The consumer stated the first week of owning the vehicle, it would not start. When she called the dealer, the told her to move the steering wheel up and down and tap on the accelerator pedal. There were times through out the years, where the vehicle would not start. Also, the vehicle would pull to the left, the oil pan was leaking, the ignition switch was replaced, the left turn signal was inoperable, and the oxygen sensor was replaced.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #36

Apr 242014

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id numbers: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and14V171000 (electrical system) however, the part needed was unavailable to perform the repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Port Orchard, WA, USA

problem #35

Feb 012014

Cobalt

  • 130,000 miles
TL - the contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph trying to avoid a pothole, the driver crash into the vehicle in front of him and the air bags failed to deployed. A police report was filed. The driver sustained injuries to his chest, back and laceration to the face. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who decided to send an engineer to inspect the vehicle. The failure and current mileage was 130,000.

- Sumter, SC, USA

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