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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,872 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.

2007 Chevrolet HHR seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2007 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments

problem #11

Jul 152015


  • 100,000 miles


Inside door handle broken cant open door, electric mirror switch fell into door, back indoor panel falling off, leak through passenger door behind front passenger. These are ongoing issues with other HHR owners and need to be addressed. The door latch is made of very cheap plastic. You can verify with all youtube videos.

- Hillsboro, OR, USA

problem #10

Dec 022015


  • 147,565 miles
Was buckled in the car and when we reached our destination the front passenger seatbelt would not unbuckle had to climb out of seat belt to get out of car, the seatbelt just kept tightening and is still buckled up can not get it to release.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #9

Jul 132015


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. While driving at approximately 5 mph, the contact depressed the brake pedal to stop the vehicle and the seat belt tightened around her stomach. The contact attempted to unlatch the seat belt; however, the seat belt latch seized. The contact wiggled out of the seat. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic, but was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Elizabeth Town, KY, USA

problem #8

Jun 052014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 139,000 miles


The front door handle broke on the passenger side of my car in 2013 we had taken the car to the dealership to inquire about this, since this is a safety issue not being able to get out of your car if something dangerous was to happen. At that time the dealership told my husband I that there was nothing they could do about it. Then again in 2014 the driver side door had broken also. So now I have two broken doors on my car that you can only get out of, if someone lets me out of the car or I roll the window down. I feel this is a major safety issue. If I were to get into a serious accident were I was unable to roll my window down and did not have someone riding in the back seat (say car caught on fire) then this could lead to major problems if not death. Also when my husband had an accident neither airbag deployed. And backseat passenger side seatbelt would not release and we had to cut my granddaughter out of seatbelt. So now I am driving a car that airbags did not deploy in, back seatbelt had to be cut and my front two doors you cannot get out of if unable to roll window down. Major safety issues. We had around 98,000. Miles when issues started with the doors. Which I believe the miles should have nothing to do with a safety issue.

- Haltom City, TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 012014


  • 42,990 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while attempting a right turn, the vehicle abnormally accelerated. The contact crashed into a retaining wall and another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy and the seat belt failed to restrain the contact securely. Additionally, the vehicle stalled and the doors could not be unlocked. The contact became trapped in the vehicle. A police report was filed of the incident. The contact sustained injuries to the knee, chest and arm. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 42,990. Kmj

- Deer Lodge, MT, USA

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problem #6

Aug 012014


  • miles
2007 Chevrolet HHR. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle headlight and tail light issues. Consumer also has seat belt problems. The consumer stated the tail light went out so often, he carried spares with him. The over head light shorted out. Also, the key would hang up in ignition, which made it difficult to disengage, the shifter would also become stuck in park. The gears did not match up with the gear shift lever.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #5

Apr 112013


  • 97,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the driver's seat belt malfunctioned. The seat belt failed to un-latch when the release button was pushed. The failure has continued to reccured. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 97,000.

- Marengo, OH, USA

problem #4

Apr 022007

HHR 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
I am the one owner of this car. Since day one nothing but problems. Air bag lights on dash illuminated, driver and passenger, warning have remained on no matter if your buckled in or not. It is supposed to signal if not buckled in, I have only heard it do this twice in the past seven years. I wear my seatbelt 99.99% of the time but have to tell my husband to put his on, I wish it would beep or do what is supposed to so I wouldn't have to beep. We took to dealer at about 1000 miles and was told " not to worry about it " when seatbelts are engaged the airbag warning signals on dash and center console still will be flashing. Airbag warnings never turn off ! I feel GM should include this in the airbag recall, same parts- we all know.

- Fairfield , OH, USA

problem #3

Mar 072013


  • 61,000 miles
I was unable to unlatch my seat belt on the driver side on two separate occasions, on consecutive days. I had to crawl out of my seat belt. Luckily I had just arrived home from work. It is very unsafe for me to not be able to remove my seat belt, especially if there were an emergency. I cannot risk having the seat belt lock again.

- West Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

Feb 012012


  • 32 miles
I was recently in a front end collission with a Chevy HHR lt 2007 where my air bags deployed. Due to the airbags being deployed my seatbelts locked to prevent me from hitting the steering wheel and window. However my passanger seatbelt ( no one was in the passanger seat)locked and due to the pressure of the lock/combustion chamber the plastic cover of the seat belt became projectile in the car and hitting my right arm causing abrasions and burn marks. I now have a perminate scar due to the force of impact from the seatbelt cover.

- Monroe Township, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jun 032007


  • 40,000 miles
My 8 year old son became trapped in the rear seat belt. He was twisted in the seat belt and it was cutting into his waist. The seat belt would not come back out to release him but would only get shorter and tighter on his waist. I had to cut him out of the seat belt. Chevy replaced the seat belt and my son had minor cuts on his waist.

- Versailles, MO, USA

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