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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,464 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Equinox seat belts / air bags problems

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2007 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #33

Mar 012014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


The ignition locked up. It continues to jam up sometimes at unpredictable times. On this morning the signal for service air bag lit up. I continued driving and after a few minutes it turned off. I took the vehicle into my local dealer ([xxx]) on March 11, 2014, where I was informed the air bag may not function if I am in an accident. The service air bag light has continued to light up more frequently. Presently it turns on almost every day or every 2 days. Concerned the air bag will not work when it is needed. I realize that as the owner of the vehicle I am responsible for the maintenance of the car on parts that are used and worn, but in this case, the malfunction of an integral part of the vehicle associated to the safety and performance of the vehicle should be a standard functioning part that should work throughout the life of the vehicle. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #32

Oct 142009


  • 23,500 miles
Passenger side seat airbag sometimes does not come on. Can't seem to find the problem. Kind of a nerve racking situation. Steering column does not lock when the vehicle is shut off and the key removed. Not a good feeling with all that is going on with GM ignition switch problems.

- Lake, MI, USA

problem #31

Mar 012011

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
When a passenger is in the seat the air bag is off a lot of the time just like GM recall #07174 NHTSA id # 07V344000. Back when it started dealer said it would be hard to find the problem now they say there is no current recall on this car.

- Bedford, PA, USA

problem #30

Dec 172013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles


Letter from senator reed on behalf of constituent re 2007 Equinox recalls and outstanding reimbursement issues. The consumer was informed recall 12V459000, did not apply to his vehicle identification number, and he would not be reimbursed for recall# 07V344000, even though he supplied documentation, he paid for the repairs.

- Warwick, RI, USA

problem #29

Sep 062013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Whenever the front passenger seat is occupied, the driver should always check the airbag indicator to see if the airbag is on or off. If it is not correct for the situation, the passenger should be moved to a different seat. This can increase the risk of injury to a seat occupant during certain crash conditions. NHTSA campaign id number: 07V344000 my front passenger airbag says that it is turned off even when I am sitting in passanger seat, this has gone on for several months now. It says "service air bag soon" I did some research on the vehicle and problem and it says that this is a recall on the Chevy Equinox. I call Chevrolet and they said that my VIN does not match any current recalls. Thank you

- Arnold, MO, USA

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problem #28

Jul 172013


  • 7,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox lt. The contact stated that his vehicle was not included in recall NHTSA campaign number: 07V344000 (air bags). The contact stated that he experienced the same failure described in the recall. The dealer was notified of the failure; however, the manufacturer was not. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000 miles.

- Rio Rico, AZ, USA

problem #27

Dec 042013


  • 57,500 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while reversing from a residential driveway, the passenger's side air bag light turned off. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 57,500.

- Pompton Lakes, NJ, USA

problem #26

Dec 012013


  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact was sitting at a traffic stop when another vehicle crashed into his rear. The impact abruptly pushed the contact's vehicle forward, causing him to crash into the preceding vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained minor neck and back injuries, the rear driver's side passenger sustained facial lacerations from the shattered rear window and the driver of the second vehicle sustained minor injuries to the neck. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 117,000.

- Branson, MO, USA

problem #25

Sep 032013


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the while driving 25 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the passenger's side air bag module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 53,000.

- Parkhill, PA, USA

problem #24

May 172011

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles
About 2 years ago I took my car into the local Chevy dealership and had the sensor changed for the passenger air bag. A few weeks after they changed the sensor the problem returned. It would not turn the air bag on even when a full grown adult was sitting in the seat. It didn't happen all of the time so when I took it back to the dealer and the said they couldn't replicate the problem. After taking it back about 4 times and them never being able to duplicate the problem I quit taking it in. Luckily the first time it was fixed my vehicle was still under the extended warranty. (thank god I bought that! I've sure used it!) now this year, the passenger air bag won't turn on at all even with my 200lb boyfriend sitting there. The only thing that happens is the service air bag light comes on the dashboard. I've taken it back to the dealership and they've duplicated the problem and want me to pay $600 to get it fixed. I don't feel that the same thing should have to be fixed twice in just 2-3years. Especially since it's not a maintenance problem. There is obviously something wrong with the sensor.

- Rochester, IN, USA

problem #23

Mar 102013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 44,755 miles


The passenger air bag light on the dashboard went from an "on" to "off" status while the vehicle was in drive with an adult passenger aboard and the seatbelt fastened. We had the vehicle at the dealer, bob fisher Chevrolet, reading, pa, for an inspection and oil change - and also reported this instance. My wife was called and told there was no recall effecting our VIN. Also that it would not react as described "at that time". reference GM notice #07174 dated Aug 22, 2007. The dealer stated that as our VIN was not in the "range recalled" that they would not be able to properly fix the problem as GM would not reimburse them. So, what does constitute GM's and the dealers responsibilities when there is some sort of obvious safety problem?

- Blandon, PA, USA

problem #22

Mar 072012


  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the passenger's side air bag warning lamp failed to illuminate despite the fact that the passenger's seat was occupied. Also, the contact stated that the fuel gauge would often surpass the full or empty mark erroneously. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the air bag module and instrument panel needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 54,000 and the current mileage was 88,000.

- King , NC, USA

problem #21

Dec 012012


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the front passenger seat was built with a sensor system for the air bags however, there was an error in the calibration of the sensor, which caused the sensor to fail. As a result, the air bags would not shut off when a small child or small statured person was occupying the passenger's seat. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who refused to diagnose the vehicle because the vehicle was not purchased at that particular dealer. The contact was informed of a recall for the failure under NHTSA campaign number: 07V344000 (air bags). The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 82,000.

- Lamesa, TX, USA

problem #20

Jun 142012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 52,789 miles
Vehicle computer says, "service air bag soon". air bag light comes on even when it is occupied by an adult. When the vehicle is started it says the passenger air bag is off even with an adult passenger. The airbag turns off randomly for the passenger side.

- Sylvania, OH, USA

problem #19

May 052008

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 24,283 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact started the ignition and the front passenger side air bag warning indicator began to illuminate continuously. The passenger seat was occupied at the time of the failure. The warning indicator remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. The failure recurred when the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer seven times for the failure. The technician was unable to duplicate the problem.the contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 07V344000 (air bags:frontal:sensor/control module) but was advised that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 24,283. Updated 12/21/12 updated 1/9/2013

- Windham, OH, USA

problem #18

Sep 132012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles
I've had my Equinox for about 5 years now. The service air bag light came on and constantly been on for the past several weeks. Took it to the dealership and said it would cost about $850 to replace the passenger presence sensor. Had them run a report to change for open campaigns or recalls and there wasn't one for my car. But, with all the complaints I've read online, I strongly believe a recall needs to done. The light did come on intermittently since I bought in May 2007 but I thought it was a loose fuse. Ridiculous!

- Shiprock, NM, USA

problem #17

Jul 092010

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag warning light would illuminate with the passenger seat occupied, indicating that the air bag was turned off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they stated that there was no failure in the vehicle. The manufacturer was contacted but provided no assistance. The failure mileage was 25,000 and the current mileage was 50,000. Updated 11/28/12 updated 11/29/12

- Falconer, NY, USA

problem #16

Jun 252008

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
First problem happened recall on spark plug boot 1 cylinder wasn't firing, was fixed under warranty as was the gasket for the hatchback was bad. That lead to a gallon or so of water into my spare tire compartment. This has since happened again and I need another gasket. The driver side window stopped working, being a electrician I found to broken wires inside rubber boot on door hinge side. ABS light constantly comes on/off computer says ABS needs service ( sensor problem). Gas gauge is reading incorrectly, I have to use the range setting on the computer. Speedometer readings incorrect sits at 60mph when the car is off. I bought this vehicle brand new and have nothing but problems, most of any vehicle I've owned. Current mileage 63,000 miles.

- Granite City, IL, USA

problem #15

Jun 112012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
My airbag light came on in my vehicle. I didn't think anything of it because all of my onstar diagnostics stated everything was ok. I brought the vehicle in to the dealership to get a dome light and rear wiper motor replaced and to get a state inspection. My vehicle failed inspection due to the failed passenger presence module. Although the part is recalled on other 2007 Chevy equinoxes, it has not been recalled on my vehicle. I value the safety of my family, but to charge $975 for a part (labor not included) that was recalled on the same make/model is extremely excessive.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #14

Dec 012011

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles
The service airbag message appears when there is a person in the passenger seat of the vehicle. The dealer said it is due to the passenger presence module. An internet search for "2007 Equinox passenger presence module" reveals that there is a known issue with the passenger presence sensor (pps) on this vehicle. The passenger side airbag will not deploy in the event of an accident due to the defective sensing system/part. The manufacturer should repair this system/part before an injury due to the defect occurs.

- Carleton, MI, USA

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