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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,284 miles

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2009 Chevrolet Cobalt seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2009 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #45

Dec 122012

Cobalt

  • 48,000 miles

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

The contact owned a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 40 mph and attempting to come to a stop, the brake pedal was depressed, but failed to respond. The brake pedal depressed all the way to the floorboard independently. As a result, the vehicle failed to stop and crashed into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags deployed with excessive force. The contact had to puncture the air bag to avoid suffocation, which caused the air bag to explode. The contact sustained back, neck, and ear injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a towing yard and was deemed destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 48,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #44

Jul 032015

Cobalt

  • 41,147 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 35 mph, a second vehicle crashed into the passenger side of the contact's vehicle. The front and side curtain air bags did not deploy. The driver suffered back and neck injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The contact also indicated that the ignition switch was faulty and the vehicle would suddenly shut off while driving. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 41,147.

- Hialeah Gardens, FL, USA

problem #43

Jul 112011

Cobalt

  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While attempting to drive, the gear shifter seized without warning. The contact stated that the air bag and check engine warning lights illuminated randomly. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where the vehicle was repaired. The contact also stated that the vehicle began to overheat randomly. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The failure mileage was approximately 77,000.

- Oakdale, CA, USA

problem #42

Mar 122016

Cobalt

  • 80,000 miles

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

My 2009 Cobalt began jerking when accelerating over the last few months and just 3 days ago, as I was driving down the road, my car stalls and won't turn back on. After looking at symptoms, it is very apparent that the fuel pump has gone out

- Friendswood, TX, USA

problem #41

Feb 152016

Cobalt

  • 165,000 miles
"takata recall" I was driving to work. Went over an icy bridge. Lost control, spun, and went down hill and into the trees. Airbags never deployed on impact. The car is completely totaled.

- Dover, NC, USA

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problem #40

Jul 012015

Cobalt

  • 35,428 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the air bag warning light remained illuminated on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to be repaired but the issue recurred. The details of the repairs were unknown. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 35,428. Updated 04/22/16

- Summit Hill, PA, USA

problem #39

Dec 012015

Cobalt

  • 125,000 miles

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

The airbag indicator light flashes intermittently.

- Roselle Park, NJ, USA

problem #38

Dec 172015

Cobalt

  • 121,041 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle lost steering ability and the service air bag light illuminated. The contact pulled over to the side of the road and had the vehicle towed home. The failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 121,041.

- Collinsville, MS, USA

problem #37

Nov 022015

Cobalt

  • 96,100 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the air bag warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing, which located a failure code at the front passenger seat sensor. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 96,100.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #36

Aug 012012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning and the vehicle stalled. Consequently, the consumer crashed into a tree and the air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The contact was not aware of the diagnosis. The vehicle was repaired. The vehicle was later repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering), but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 20,000. MA 10/5

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #35

Mar 312015

Cobalt

  • 102,000 miles

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

Received a letter in March 2015 from General Motors advising that the clock spring coil wires to the driver air bag may become chaffed on a sharp edge of the steering wheel horn plate and that if this defect is not corrected and the chafed wire was to ground to the horn plate the driver air bag may not deploy if the vehicle were to be involved in a crash. The letter goes on to advise that if I believe that the vehicle has the condition described above is present the condition will be repaired for me at no charge. I called two dealers and told them that I believe that the condition is present in my vehicle and have been told that unless the air bag instrument indicator lamp continuously displays a warning light for the air bag they will not consider my vehicle for repair. My son, of thai descent who does not understand much english has advised me that he has seen the light come on intermittently. The letter states that if the light is intermittent that is reason to believe that this condition may be present. Since GM is not willing to consider my vehicle for repair since the light is not continuously lit I consider this letter a safety warning and want to go on record that I believe this is a safety issue which is subject of my complaint. I also believe that this letter on the part of GM will be used to defeat any claim I am have if the air bag does not deploy. What am I to do, wait until my son has an accident and the air bag does not deploy or are you wiling to assist me in getting my car repaired.

- Riverside, OH, USA

problem #34

May 052013

Cobalt

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while making a left turn at 25 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Knoxville, MD, USA

problem #33

Mar 052014

Cobalt

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While operating the vehicle, the check engine sensor light illuminated and the vehicle experienced mis-firing. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the valve in the number two cylinder was faulty. The vehicle was not repaired. Also, the contact indicated that the air bag light would randomly turn on while operating the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Milwalkee, WI, USA

problem #32

Feb 202015

Cobalt

  • 89,200 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. When closing the driver side door, the side air bag deployed without warning. The air bag service light was illuminated on the instrument panel prior to the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to find a failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 89,200.

- Woodbury , CT, USA

problem #31

Mar 052015

Cobalt

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that another vehicle crashed into the rear of the vehicle at an unknown rate of speed causing extensive damage to the vehicle and the air bags did not deploy. The driver and the passengar sustained injuries to the head, the neck and the back which both required medical attention. The contact metioned that due to the impact of the crash, the driver and passengars head came in contact with the windshield. The contact did not disclose if a police report was filed or not. The vehicle was towed to a dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000.

- Republic, MO, USA

problem #30

Jan 282015

Cobalt

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at approximately 30 mph, there was black ice on the road, which caused the vehicle to spin and crash into a tree. The air bags did not deploy. In addition, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart. The contact did not disclose whether a police report was filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Sparta, TN, USA

problem #29

Jan 282014

Cobalt

  • 85,000 miles
Multiple recall failures: 2009 Chevy Cobalt lt ignition switch failure, airbags failure to deploy, power steering failure, brake failure, gear box failure. Ignition switch failure cause vehicle to stall, vehicle was then hit in rear by 16 wheel tractor trailer, thus causing driver to be knocked in the back sit of vehicle, injury to head, to inside of mouth, braking of teeth on both sides of mouth, neck injury, right and left shoulder injury, back injury, and never damage to right shoulder plate, driver is in continuous pain since this accident approx 11 months. Driver still in possession of vehicle because he is totaled disable, and does not know what to do about what correct measures to take. Nationwide insurance declared vehicle a totaled loss, request driver to give them power of attorney rights to pay off current lien holder. Owner felted uneased to do so, therefore has continuously paid on vehicle for 11 months and has been unable to drive vehicle. I need help, I once worked for region iv ntsb Agency here in atlanta I have never felt so victimized in my life by GM and nationwide. I really need direction and have sought legal. But GM compensation program will not communicate with consumers lawyer per protocols for compensatory damages.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #28

Sep 012011

Cobalt

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While traveling approximately 20 mph, another vehicle crashed into the front of the vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the air bag system was faulty and the vehicle was repaired. In addition, while entering the highway and attempting to make a right turn, the vehicle veered to the left and into oncoming traffic. As a result, a second vehicle crashed into the front driver side of the vehicle. No injuries were reported and no police report was filed. After restarting the engine, the vehicle operated as normal. Also, the contact indicated that fuel was leaking from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed and repaired the failure. No information was available regarding the diagnosis. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Summerfield, NC, USA

problem #27

Jul 072014

Cobalt

  • 77,385 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the air bag light was intermittently illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the problem. The contact stated that the failure started after the vehicle was repaired under recall NHTSA campaign id number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 77,385.

- Freemont , NE, USA

problem #26

Sep 152014

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received recall notifications for NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and 14V171000 (electrical system). The parts needed to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The dealer was uncertain when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Boerne, TX, USA

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