Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2006 Cobalt continued to carry the torch first lit by the 2005 model year. To be clear, that torch is burning bright with widespread power steering issues, electrical curiosities and a dangerous ignition switch defect which led to a massive recall by GM. This isn’t a great torch to carry.

The 2006 added it’s own special flare with gas leaks due to cracks in the “return portion of the modular reservoir assembly.” A recall of 2006 Cobalts was issued to fix the problem, but only to vehicles sold in or current registered in Arizona and Nevada, leaving other owners to pay for repairs themselves.

Between this car stalling while driving, giving owners fits with power steering failure and having it be a potential tinderbox because of gas leaks, we felt we had no other option than to award it our “Avoid Like the Plague” badge.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,000 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 162014

Cobalt

  • 48,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the air bag indicator illuminated after the vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000 (electrical system). The dealer stated that the air bag module needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 48,000.

- Mountian View, HI, USA

problem #1

Nov 032007

Cobalt

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 50 mph, the contact lost control of the vehicle and struck a guardrail. The vehicle was destroyed and the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. GM could not explain why the air bags failed. A collision mechanic stated that the air bags should have deployed. The VIN, engine size, and number of cylinders were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 50,000.

- Colonial Beach, VA, USA

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