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.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2007 Cobalt inherited most of the problems from the 2005 and 2006 model years, but toned them down (a bit). Sure, the power steering still fails and the car has a chance of going up in flames due to a cracked fuel tank, but it’s not as prevalent as the older models. At least not yet.

In 2012, the Cobalt was recalled for gas tank fires but only for owners in certain states.

Then in 2014, the 2007 Cobalt was part of a massive GM recall due to a defective ignition switch that could cause the airbags to not deploy during an accident. The problem led to 13 deaths, government investigations and multiple class-action lawsuits.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,003 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.

2007 Chevrolet Cobalt brakes problems

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 022014


  • 70,987 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated the emergency brake failed to engage. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,987 and the current mileage was 71,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Kent , WA, USA

problem #7

Feb 122013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the air bag warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the clock spring was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 75,000. Updated 11/25/13 the emergency lever would not hold the emergency brakes in place. A piece in the lever would not let cables hold tension. The consumer had the brake lever assembly replaced. The steering wheel coil had to replaced, to rectify the air bag light problem.

- Gary , IN, USA

problem #6

Jul 232013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 81,999 miles
Today pulled the parking brake to park (manual transmission) and the brake handle would not engage.

- Jenkinsburg, GA, USA

problem #5

Jun 152009


  • 16,000 miles


The emergency brake locking plate failed. This parking brake has a locking plate that is spotwelded on not bolted on or achweldedon this plate falls off causing the brake handle not to be able to lock when used! it has happened twice to me about 18 months apart the thing can be fixed by putting a welds on the plate before this happens but GM hasn't put a fix out on this problem the mechanic at the dealership where I got my Cobalt knew about this problem the first time I had to have it fixed the covered it under warranty the first time the second time it was under my extended warranty I have to find a weld shop before this happens again!

- Bonne Terre, MO, USA

problem #4

May 182010


  • 38,538 miles
This written complaint is in regards to the mechanical defect of an emergency parking brake within a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt with a manual transmission. Events leading up to the incident were & remain as unnoticeable by driver and owner of vehicle. The driver had vehicle parked with the emergency parking brake in the up locked position prior to driving it. The vehicle was turned on and driven approximately two miles before being parked again. As driver of vehicle went to use emergency parking brake to park the vehicle, they immediately realized that the emergency parking break had no resistance when pulled upward and would not remain locked in the "up" position needed in order to safely park the vehicle. All other brakes within the vehicle remained as normal and functional. No other defects were detected by driver. The failure of the emergency parking brake failed to return to a normal status of function. The vehicle was taken by owner to local Chevrolet dealership within 24 hours of incident on May 18, 2010 to be evaluated by dealership and be promptly fixed. The dealership's mechanics found that the emergency parking brake handle would not lock in place when pulled upward due to "the mechanism being stripped." The parking break handle was stated as being replaced and vehicle was returned to owner within 24 hours of being taken to dealership.

- Fairbanks, AK, USA

problem #3

Feb 142010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Driver was changing lanes on highway in a 2007 Chevy Cobalt when her steering wheel froze up on her. She could not correct steering and her brakes seemed to lose power as well. She hit a concrete barrier, her car went airborne and started rolling. She was ejected about fifty feet. Vehicle was a complete loss. The auto insurance company won't investigate due to her car being just 12,000 miles over warranty. (economic loss rule) the car is still being held for further investigation per request of the driver. Vehicle never had trouble before this. Driver was severely injured spending 10 days in hospital, 2 of those in icu. Driver had complications due to injuries, now on round the clock iv's at home.

- Farmington, UT, USA

problem #2

Nov 122009


  • 46,000 miles
I have had a series of problems with my 2007 Chevy Cobalt in the last 4 months. First in November of 2009 my wheels were too bent up and needed to be replaced. Then in December 2009 my clutch burned out after only 47,000 miles. Everyone I ever spoke to never heard of a clutch burning out so soon. I was on the highway going 65mph when no more power was being supplied to the vehicle after pressing down on the gas. I rolled into a nearby gas station and had the car towed to the dealership and the diagnostic confirmed my suspicion. I had it replaced two weeks later when I had the money. Now its February and my parking brake will not engage. The car was bought brand new in 2007 and had regular maintenance done on the car, ie brakes, oil, filters. I could have been injured and I fear driving the car thinking something else will break down. No warning signs of any of these problems were noticeable.

- Burbank, IL, USA

problem #1

May 282009


  • 49,500 miles
Attempted to engage parking brake on my Chevy Cobalt, the brake handle would not stay in the up position. The vehicle has a standard transmission so other than placing the car in gear, there is no other means to keep the car from rolling. Because the brake will not stay engaged at all the car must be shut off and placed in gear to keep it from rolling even while engaging in such short term functions as opening the garage door. The brakes themselves work, it is only the hand brake that will not stay in the up position.

- Pine Island, MN, USA

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