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Crashes / Fires:
11 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
13 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,975 miles

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2009 Chevrolet HHR seat belts / air bags problems

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2009 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #83

Jul 102016


  • 80,000 miles


Airbag light comes on when the interior temperature rise, after the interior cool down the light goes off. I have to turn the air condition on high to cool down the interior temperature to get the light to go out.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #82

Oct 102009


  • 54,285 miles
The contact owned a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving at 45 mph, the vehicle stalled and the steering wheel seized without warning. As a result, the contact crashed into a tree. The contact stated that the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained injuries to the head, a fractured arm, and a fractured femur that required medical attention. The contact also stated that on several occasions, the vehicle failed to start. The contact stated that the reverse gear failed to engage when the shift selector was placed into the reverse position. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 54,285.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #81

Dec 132015


  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. While driving 45 mph, the contact noticed that the air bag warning light became illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was not repaired. The failure mileage was 119,000.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #80

Oct 282015


  • 179,273 miles


I have a 2009 HHR and I have been having a number of problems the ESC and the ABS warning lights come at low speeds around 5 to 15 mph and the brakes make a growling noise I drive 80 miles a day back and forth to work in stop and go traffic on the interstate and the turnpike I am afraid I will rear end somebody or worse I don't want to let my wife drive the car because when it occurs she might not know on to react. When I turn the car off and it goes away for a while but comes back. And the service air bag light comes on from time to time when it is raining or heavy dew I had the recall performed on the air bags and it still is happening the passenger air bag display on the dash will come on when there is no one sitting in the passenger seat. The service ABS light also comes on at the same time as the ESC and the traction control light I don't feel safe I have 179,000 miles on the car the electrical system in this car has a major problem and it needs to be addressed by GM before more people are hurt or killed as I have read in other comments I don't want to take it to the dealer and just go thru the remove and replace tango trying to get lucky and fix the problem or play car doctor and treat the symptoms and not address the malady

- Land O Lakes, FL, USA

problem #79

Nov 172015


  • miles
I have found through research that there has been a recall previously due to the airbag lights, apparently this was never fixed in our car. We bought the car this past December. The light comes on even when no one is in the passenger seat and now the light and system says that we need to service the airbags.

- Inman, SC, USA

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problem #78

Jul 132015


  • 14,900 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the contact crashed into a telephone pole, but the air bags did not deploy. The contact was injured, but no medical attention was required. A police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer to be repaired. The failure was not determined. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 14,900.

- Fortworth, TX, USA

problem #77

Aug 102015

HHR 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


Random drivers curtain airbag deployment. No reason to happen

- Winter Haven, FL, USA

problem #76

Mar 072012


  • 45,000 miles
Shortly after we purchased our 2009 HHR we received a air bag warning light. It was resolved however we have had three additional problems with air bag lights coming on including one that we were charged for repair. Then we learned that our car was on a national air bag recall and took it to a Chevy dealer for repair. Dealer has been unable to get the light to turn off and have been told it is a sensor but they can't find which one is the problem. The dealer is priority Chevrolet in chesapeake. We are very worried about this problem especially since our history of problems with this issue. As of today 5/31/2015 we are still in same position with air bag warning light stuck on. We want to sell this lemon but no one will buy it with that light on.

- Va Beach, VA, USA

problem #75

Apr 282015


  • 84,500 miles
I was driving down the highway and all of a sudden the service airbag warning light came on as well as the warning chime. I purchased the car used in August 2013, and soon after getting it the very same warning came on. I went back to the dealer and they had it sent to a local GM dealer to be fixed. I purchased the car from a Dodge and Subaru dealer and they were not able to do the repair. I was shown the repair paperwork stating that a faulty airbag sensor was replaced. Well just last week the very same thing happened again. The service airbag light comes on then goes off sometimes after only a few seconds. Then another warning light went on stating faulty air pressure sensor. The check engine light is on as well so I'm wondering if there is some type of electrical gremlin in the car. This is extremely frustrating because I like the car but all of these stupid little issues make me want to trade it in, and never buy anything made by GM ever again.

- Shiremanstown, PA, USA

problem #74

Mar 132015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system); however, the part needed to do the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Sulken, NJ, USA

problem #73

Oct 062014


  • 84,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the dealer was contacted in reference to NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V047000 (electrical system), 14V171000 (electrical system), and 14V153000 (steering). The contact indicated that the warning lamp illuminated for the air bag and remained lit. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and was unable to provide a reasonable date to perform the recall repairs. The approximate failure mileage was 84,000.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #72

Dec 102014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
My air bag warning light has gone on and off over several weeks. Dealer cannot diagnosis the issue because it is not been on when I bring it ind.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #71

Jan 032015

HHR 4-cyl

  • 73,822 miles
Less then 24 hours off the lot I was driving home off hwy26 exiting to my town of watertown, wi. I was slowing down on the ramp and my side air bag deployed. I was hit in the head by the driver visor causing my to flinch and release the break for a slit second. I tried to reapply the break and had no breaks I was still at 40mph. It was snowing this caused me to not be able to turn so I hit a meaden snapping my a arm. I also snipped my ABS cable, blew out driver ball joints, bent the tie rod, dislocated my axel bent my rim and ruined my new tire on the driver side. On the passenger side I broke my knuck and blew out my ball joints. It locked up my driver seat belt and even with no one wearing the passenger one it locked that up too. After it happened going online I have found a few more cases like mine one caused a woman to spend a month and a half in hospital from hitting a pole.

- Watertown, WI, USA

problem #70

Jan 032015

HHR 4-cyl

  • 73,700 miles
After buying the HHR the day before I went to work. On my way back home. I got off on my exit about half way down the ramp my side airbags went off. Then I pushed the brakes and they did not respond sending me into a meaden causing my wheel to snap almost all the way off.

- Watertown, WI, USA

problem #69

Dec 132012

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
Service air bag light keeps coming on.

- Bakersfield , CA, USA

problem #68

Oct 132014


  • miles
Airbag sensor light to have airbag service has been on for sometime. The service department has been asked about this on multiple occasions. The last answer we received is that the airbag is only under warranty for two years but previous to this we were told that the service department does not even know what this means. My service department at gadsden Chevrolet has not even fixed the switch recall yet. They were supposed to call when they got the part in. Even though my husband has called multiple times they still have not called. There is another issue for which they have offered for us to just pay half and they know they are suppose to fix them both at the same time. My car has been in the shop multiple times and yet they still never fixed the previous recall & now this airbag thing has come up.

- Ashville, AL, USA

problem #67

Jun 012014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
My Chevrolet 2009 HHR airbag light comes on when the car has been sitting in the sun for a few hours on a hot day. Once the car cool off the light goes off, or if it is before the sun come up there is no problem. I reported this to my Chevrolet dealer and they pretended like this issue was foreign to them, but as I search the internet I see this issue reported by more owners than I can count. There is an issue going on and this need to be corrected in a recall.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #66

Oct 022014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 74,820 miles
Re: vehicle:2009 Chevrolet HHR (service air bag -- warning) VIN number:[xxx] my above vehicle has just alerted me while driving to work today, that my air bag system may be a potential risk. This has never happened during my entire ownership of this vehicle. My vehicle has just been recently repaired for GM ignition and starter recall campaigns: 13454 and 14063. I have contacted the dealership that performed the recall work today Oct. 2,2014 11am and I am waiting for their reply. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Tarentum, PA, USA

problem #65

Jul 182012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 24,500 miles
When vehicle is exposed to direct sun and hot and/humid conditions, the service airbag light comes on. The light remains lit until removed from being exposed to direct sunlight and cools down sufficiently. Although, this is not always resolved immediately. Occasionally, the service air bag light remains lit for up to two or three days regardless of sun and heat/humidity exposure. This is a safety issue in that there is no way of knowing whether or not the airbags will function properly.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #64

Sep 162010

HHR 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. While driving approximately 10 mph, the service air bag soon warning indicator illuminated. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 8,000...updated 10/15/14 updated 03/30/2015

- Pontiac, MI, USA

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