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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,209 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Equinox seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #43

Jan 142012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 38,112 miles

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

Passenger air bag works intermittently with small people it never works.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #42

Mar 172014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
Passenger airbag turned off even though there was a person over 110lbs. In the passenger seat. Occasionally get a service airbag warning when it goes off, but most times it just goes off and stays off without notice even when a passenger is occupying the seat. It happens almost every time I drive my car now, this needs to be recalled. It is unsafe to be driving on the highway and having your passenger airbag go off intermittently especially without notice sometimes. Very dangerous.

- Oak Lawn, IL, USA

problem #41

Aug 012012

Equinox

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph, the power steering suddenly malfunctioned making the steering wheel very difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the power steering was faulty. The vehicle was repaired. On another occasion, the contact stated that while the vehicle was stationary a second vehicle crashed into the front end of the vehicle. The seat belts malfunctioned and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained injuries to the neck, hand and knee. The front passenger suffered head, lung and rib injuries during the crash, and both required medical attention. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #40

Feb 012012

Equinox

  • miles

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

Was involved in a mva and driver was traveling 50-60mph when her car hit the front end driver side and air bag failed to deploy. Since then air bag sensor turns on and off when there is a passenger in the seat. Passenger weighing over 130 lbs. This is a big safety hazard and is scary to think that this car has yet to be recalled!! will the air bag go off next time something like that happens again??!! GM is wrong for recalling every other vehicle but this one!! power locks do not unlock or lock ever! I always have to manually lock and unlock each one. Safety issue again! and last but not least, there is an electrical issue causing everything in the car to go out every month or two. Recall this car before someone else gets injured.

- Alvin, TX, USA

problem #39

Mar 012013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the ignition was defective and prevented the key from releasing from the ignition. The contact had to move the steering wheel to the left and right in order to release the key from the ignition. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage was 38,000. Updated 05/28/14

- Louisville , KY, USA

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problem #38

Mar 282014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 41,495 miles
Passenger side air bag doesn't work and may be because of the ignition switch which seems to be a problem with a lot of GM vehicles.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #37

Nov 292013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles

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

Passenger air bags did not work, doesn't even acknowledge a passenger. Light is always on to service airbags. Also my stabil control lights come on then go off. A couple months or even longer, they come on again. I have had them checked out. The passenger air bags sensor was replace at a cost of $900 andstabil control lights repair was $350 and continue to have problems. Also both my headlights are full of moisture and I continue to have to replace the bulbs, after replacing one bulb that night was pulled over by the police, bulb burned out again.I talked to the dealer no recalls on any of the problems and I know a lot of people with GMC products having the same problems.

- Nederland, TX, USA

problem #36

Jul 112013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Read out on dash, flashes " service air bag soon " this has happened multiple times when first starting the car.I am reporting this because of the current recall on some vehicles and the worry that the air bags may deploy on their own.

- Hubbard, OH, USA

problem #35

Nov 012013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles
Passenger air bags don't work, doesn't even acknowledge a passenger. Light is always on to service airbags. Also my stabil control lights come on then go off. A couple months or even longer, they come on again. I have had them checked out. Find nothing. Also both my headlights are full of moisture and I continue to have to replace the bulbs which are a pain to get to. I had a Blazer that did the same thing with the headlights and taillights.

- Lone Jack, MO, USA

problem #34

Aug 292009

Equinox

  • 33,911 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the passenger's side air bag would not activate when the passenger's seat was occupied. The air bag ready light should have illuminated when the seat was occupied but failed to do so. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that they could not duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 33,911.

- Buhl, ID, USA

problem #33

Mar 042014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles

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

The service air bag keeps coming off and on the dash and the indicator lights for the passenger seat. If my older child or anyone over 90lbs sits there or moves it comes on. GM states there are no issues and will not be a covered repaired at the dealership under warranty. There are other 2008 models with the same issues with recalls but none for the Equinox.

- Fernley, NV, USA

problem #32

Feb 172014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
Since I got this vehicle every time my 10 year old grandson or any small adult sits in the passenger seat the passenger air bag will not work and the Chevrolet dealer always has some excuse why they can't fix it.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #31

Jan 032012

Equinox

  • miles
The pressure sensor in the passenger seat has failed. A warning light on the dashboard to service airbag is illuminated, and the passenger airbag has been turned off due to the failure of the sensor.

- Fargo, ND, USA

problem #30

Jul 012013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that upon inspection, the passenger's side air bag warning light illuminated intermittently and the service air bag message appeared on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and the mechanic stated that the air bag control module had to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 100,000. The current mileage was 103,000. Updated 11/15/13

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #29

Sep 152013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that when the passenger's seat was occupied, the air bag warning indicator would illuminate sporadically. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000. Updated 11-04-13 updated 11/8/2013

- Jefferson City , MO, USA

problem #28

Jan 142013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 59,400 miles
Passenger side airbag sensor, located within the front passenger seat cushion, has failed. The airbag indicator would intermittently show the airbag to be off, now constant. Error light on dash indicates the airbag is disabled and off. The vehicle was purchased new and is 5 years old with average mileage. The passenger seat rarely occupied and not subject to any weight or wear that would damage this vital sensor. This appears to be defective or worn out prematurely. There is no bypass to ensure airbag inflation in a frontend collision when the seat sensor fails. The vehicle is well maintained and has not been in any accidents.

- Delmar, NY, USA

problem #27

Jul 172013

Equinox

  • 43,000 miles
My 2008 Chevy Equinox has had the airbag error light on the console intermittently on for several months. Now it is just on. Currently has 47K miles on it so out of warranty. The said the sensor unit under the passenger seat needs to be replaced which mean replacing that whole seat cushion over $800, the part is over $500. With this airbag error light on the airbags will not activate on impact so this is a safety risk. Why would this not be part of a recall since I read the 2007's have the same problem. There has been no damage to that seat, this is faulty equipment.

- Dania Beach, FL, USA

problem #26

Aug 262013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 55,186 miles
Passenger airbag sensor failure. Vehicle only has 55,000K. Will not register passengers over 110lbs. Had to replace entire sensor ($903.24). Chevrolet would not replace citing "outside of warranty." This is a critical safety feature that should never fail.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #25

Dec 072012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 38,010 miles
Passenger side air bag does not work when there's a child or person under 110 lbs in the seat. Headlights fill up with water.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #24

Jul 162013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 48,450 miles
Service air bag light is on and constant, preventing passenger air bag function. Retrieved codes are: B0081, B1370 and B0074. Needs passenger presence module part # 19207140 @ $533.33 plus labor and tax. I believe this part should not fail, especially when the passenger seat is used infrequently.

- Macomb, IL, USA

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