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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
11 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
13 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,761 miles

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2009 Chevrolet HHR seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2009 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #4

Apr 152011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 36,500 miles


Service airbag light comes on intermittently. Light began coming on about April 14th, and has lit every time I drive since then - about 5 weeks now. Sometimes it goes off, most of the time it doesn't. my concern is that the airbags are disabled if there is a "service airbag", and I don't have the safety of the airbag system most of the time now.

- El Reno, OK, USA

problem #3

Jan 012010

HHR 4-cyl

  • 16,500 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the air bag and tire pressure warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was not able to diagnose the problem. The manufacturer was contacted who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 16,500. Updated 05/03/11 updated 09/16/11

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #2

Jan 202011


  • 35,000 miles
Service air bag light continuously goes on an off. Issue can not be replicated on purpose and there is no common denominator for making the light come one. Speed of vehicle has ranged from 0 (in park) to 60 M.P.H. conditions of road has ranged sunny and dry to cold and wet. Many on-line forums have also indicated that this is a common error with 2008 - 2009 Chevrolet HHR's.

- Brooklyn Center, MN, 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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