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Print this page Notes: The 2006 Equinox is plagued by a heating problem, as in the heater only blows cold air.

The reported cause of this problem is a small door, known as the air temperature blend door, which allows air to flow past the heater core. This door has a plastic connecting shaft to an electric motor and the shaft is prone to breaking after a few years. The problem has a typical repair cost of over $800.

The 2006 Equinox also has a number of reported problems ranging from the key getting stuck in the ignition, to failing speed sensors, and trouble starting the engine. All in all, this car sounds like one worth avoiding.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
36,326 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.

2006 Chevrolet Equinox seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #8

May 222014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 73,499 miles


This vehicle was involved in a rollover accident and the air bags didn't come out and the seat belt on driver side had no give. This accident resulted in a death and two serious emergencies to the front passenger and the rear passenger located behind the passenger...updated 09-25-14

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #7

Dec 072011


  • 96,000 miles
I have had problems with my brakes grinding not wanting to stop and took to a shop said my brakes were like brand new but yet it doesn't want to stop makes grinding noises. I replaced the starter in my car four times and am still having the same problems sticks when starting or doesn't want to work at all and this was in a two month period. My front drivers seatbelt would not release this has happened several times in the last couple weeks. I have also had problems with bearings had to have them replaced. Also with the steering when driving it has a mind of its own when I change lanes wants to keep going toward the ditch.why isn't any of this being addressed by Chevrolet I bought this car because of no recalls but apparently Chevy doesn't want to fix these issues and it could kill someone !! also have problems when it rains also it doesn't do well at all in rain at all and I have brand new tires on my vehicle.

- Concordia, MO, USA

problem #6

May 052013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the rear passenger side seat belt retracted and would not release. The failure prevented the contact from releasing the child from the car seat. The contact had to cut the seat belt in order to release the seat belt. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was not available. The current mileage was 109,000.

- Stockbridge, MI, USA

problem #5

Aug 072011


  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the driver side rear seat belts failed to unlock. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was not contacted in regards to the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 62,000 and the current mileage was 62,500.

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 092010

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 6,111 miles
Defective middle seat belt on 2006 Chevy Equinox. I folded down the seat to put something large in the back. When I tried to put the seat back up, the seat belt will not retract. I tried everything I could to loosen the seat belt but to no avail it won't budge. I took it to the Chevy dealer that I bought the car from and he said all he could do is cut the seat belt and order me a new seat belt retractor. He said he would call me with an estimate to replace. 3 days pass and no calls from dealer so I called him and he finally looked it up. He said it would cost me $375 to repair this seat belt. My car has never been in an accident and I see no reason for this seat belt to malfunction. The cost to replace seems very excessive and I can't seem to get any answers from the dealer other than "it happens". oh, and of course my car is about 1000 miles out of the 60 thousand/ 5 year warranty.

- Hickory Hills, IL, USA

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problem #3

Apr 102010


  • miles
My seatbelt in the back where my 4 yr old sir broke, my cd player more often than not will not take cd's. I do not have heat but my A/C works just fine.... updated 10/26/11

- Mcalisterville, PA, USA

problem #2

Feb 122010


  • 53,000 miles
My seatbelt broke. I drove across town and everything was fine. When I went to unhook my seatbelt and get out the belt recoil didn't pull the belt back in, rather it was just sluggish and jerky. There was no accident, the seat belt just jammed up and stopped working. I called Chevrolet to check for any recalls of this nature. They said there wasn't and then advised me to have a GM service center look at it. The GM mechanic (lupient bloomington) estimated the repair at about $475. After calling Chevrolet to ask for more information about why a seat belt couldn't last 4 years (2006 Chevy Equinox), they simply replied that my vehicle was past warranty. Finally, lupient tells me that a newly installed seat belt would be warranted for only 1 year.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #1

Mar 032006


  • miles
17 trips to the dealership for repeated problems with brakes, rotors, bearings, transmission, clicking/other sound in engine compartment not fixed as of yet by GM, broken door hinge, broken license plate bolt receivers, starter, seat belt clip, air conditioner, remotes, noises in front end, engine miss, clunking when wheels spun on wet pavement.

- Lebanon, OH, USA

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