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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,930 miles

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2009 Chevrolet HHR accessories - interior problems

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2009 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments

problem #2

May 072009


  • 5,240 miles


Failure: "service air bag" light came on. 1st incident: "service air bag" light came on with passenger sitting in front passenger seat, dealership repaired faulty component. 2nd incident: "service air bag" light came on with passenger sitting in front passenger seat, dealership repaired different faulty component. 3rd incident: Use of 12V accessory, no passenger present, as well as passenger present, "service air bag" light intermittently on/off. Corrective action: Dealership told me not to use 12V accessories as they may cause some rf interference. 4th incident: "service air bag" light came on with passenger sitting in front passenger seat, dealership replaced components, found faulty wiring 5th incident: "service air bag" light came on without a passenger in passenger seat on the way upto the dealership for service. Contacted GM about possibility for lemon law remedy, was refused buy-back option with statement that the vehicle is fixed and in proper working order. Representative pushed towards keeping vehicle. I personally do not have confidence, at this point, in the safety devices of this 2009 Chevy HHR, nor do my passengers. The dealerships service technicians have repaired several components, and yet the problem persists. This last time in for service, the technician could not reproduce the issue, therefore no service was conducted other than testing. This means that the problem has not been resolved since the last occurrence of the "service air bag" message being displayed.

- Morris, IL, USA

problem #1

Oct 152008

HHR 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 620 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. Two weeks after the vehicle was purchased, the dealer installed heated seats. Afterwards, the passenger side air bags stopped working. The heated seats are draining the battery in the vehicle. Each time the vehicle is driven, it fails to start due to the drained battery. The vehicle had to be towed to the dealer in order to be restarted. He took the vehicle to another dealer and they stated that a switch underneath the seats needed to be replaced. The contact was advised to take the vehicle back to the original dealer for them to redo the installation. The failure mileage was 620. Oil leak onto the coolant reservoir. The dealer found the brake fluid cap was not sealed properly. The heated seats that were I installed were connected to the battery which was causing the battery to die. Updated 03/19/09.

- Lake Villa , IL, USA

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