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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,718 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.

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2009 Chevrolet Cobalt wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2009 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 252015


  • miles


Noticed front end shaking. Worst at speeds 40-50 mph but noticeable at all speeds. Mechanic told me metal band inside the tire is broken and tire tread is damaged due to it. Mechanic would not let me drive until tire is replaced, and said he was surprised it had not blown already.

- Hackensack, NJ, USA

problem #4

Dec 092013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
My tires consistently lose air at an accelerated rate. Despite replacing all tires, this problem persists. I have been told that replacing the rims will resolve the issue. I feel that this recommendation is premature given the age of the car. The rims should not have corroded so much to the point where I have to replace them after 5 years. I have to pump air into my tires 2 times a week to maintain a safe pressure for driving.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #3

Jul 102011

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
I have had 3 incidents that I believe are directly related to the fuzion touring tires on my 2009 Chevy Cobalt. The first was a rear end collision in early July, approximately 5 days after I had the tires installed on my car. When I needed to make an emergency stop the front wheels locked up and the car skidded into the car in front of mine, that had managed to stop before hitting a car that had swerved in front of him. The second incident occurred on Oct 14, 2011. I was going through an intersection during a rainstorm. The intersection has a slight left bend to it. I was traveling at 35-40 mph when a van tried to make a left turn in front of me. He was way too close and I had to hit the brakes hard. The front wheels immediately locked up and my car rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise without slowing down at all. Fortunately, the driver of the van realized that he had screwed up and got through the intersection rapidly and a collision was avoided. Then last night, Oct. 16th, again in the rain, I tried to stop at a yellow light on a slight downhill grade from about 45 mph. Again the wheels locked up and the car skidded through the intersection at about 40 mph. I have been driving since 1973 and have logged over a million miles. These fuzion touring tires are the most dangerous tires I have ever driven on, especially on wet pavement. I have had other tires on my Cobalt and never had any similar incidents. I am replacing them tomorrow because my life is worth more to me than the $400 that a set of tires costs. Driving in the rain with those tires is like driving on ice with normal tires. These tires are potentially deadly and I think they should be recalled immediately and then shredded. I would also like to mention that there are no traction, treadwear, or temperature ratings on these tires. The size IS195/60-15, 88H. I would like to stress that these are fuzion touring tires, not fuzion hri. I had a set of fuzion hri's and they were fine.

- Jefferson Hills, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 072010


  • 32,083 miles
1.)my 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt lt, became hard to steer, I was driving about 5 miles per hour and stop at a stop sign as I proceeded thru the stop sign the car kept pulling to the left I could not control the steering wheel, the car came to a stop and hit the tail end of a park truck, left side front tire wheel was completed damage, all type of parts was on the ground under the into the front. 2)this was the first time this failure occured.3) front bumper, front lamps, front fender, body components, front inner structure, wheel, front suspension, body components, front suspension, front drive axel, front steering linkage/gear/ cowl side & door post, front door, side body, towing estimate total $5,436.85 the car was purchased 5/29/10.

- Little Rock, , AR, USA

problem #1

Nov 192009


  • 31,509 miles
Chevy Cobalt 2009. Two incidents involving the same model but different cars. Both rented from enterprise. Don't know what category to put the complaint in. Steering" braking? or something else" this model handles terribly on wet pavement. Doesn't brake well on wet pavement, and tires spin when starting from a stopped position. Incident 1. changing lanes on I270 md. Going about 50 mph. And slowed down to move one lane to the right. Going from a less used wetter lane to lane to the right, which wasn't quite as wet. Car spun out twice and hit the jersey wall twice. Then I was able to stop the car. Fairly heavy traffic, and no other vehicles involved, thank god. State police were on the shoulder for traffic going in the other direction across from me but did not come to the car. Incident 2. rented another of the same model. Whenever the street was wet, the car did not brake well. Seemed to be very short periods of not braking. When slowly starting from a stopped position, the wheels spun and then took hold. Could have easily been another situation for spinning out. Enterprise said there were no recalls. Insurance company raised my rates from $103 to $167 per month!

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

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