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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,152 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.

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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

problem #6

Mar 152013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles


Front passenger seat belt was locked and would not allow for proper use; unable to pull out from the extractor. This has been an intermittent problem that continues to exist. This is a safety problem in that passenger is forced to ride without benefit of seat belt. The problem goes away and allows proper use of the belt usually within 2 days without any rhyme or reason. There seems to E no reason to trigger the problem and no reason why the problem resolves itself on it's own.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 032014


  • 88,000 miles
My car started with the ignition switch back in October with the key not shutting off the car and having to disconnect the battery to shut it off, took it into the dealer and they fixed it, but now things are getting scary. Every other day my car is telling me that the ABS systems needs fixed and that the traction control needs serviced. The breaks were replaced in December of 2013 and we were told that there is nothing else wrong with the car and now this.. took it back to the dealer and they informed us that there is nothing wrong with it, but the lights come on and go off for no reason.. the passenger seat belt locks all the time and even after you unlatch it, it stays locked for some time. I am so frustrated over this issue and can't get any answers on it.

- Stevens Point, WI, USA

problem #4

Feb 192014


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevy HHR. While driving approximately 50 mph the two front passenger and driver side air bags deployed and caused the seat belts to malfunction. The failure caused the contact to crash into a snow bank; however, there were no injuries or damage to the vehicle. The failure occurred approximately febraury 19, 2014.. the vehicle was diagnosed by a technician from the manufacturer; however, they were unable to diagnose any failure in the computer. The insurance company stated that when they diagnosed the failure the computer indicated there was a problem within the air bags. The failure mileage was 59,000.

- North Brandford , CT, USA

problem #3

Aug 142008


  • 38,914 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the passenger's side front seat belt would not extend to the latch mechanism. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and repaired however, the failure was recurring. The vehicle was not further repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 38,914.

- Willoughby Hills, OH, USA

problem #2

May 012013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
My airbag light came on and my passenger seatbelt keeps locking. There are numerous other HHR owners with the same problem.

- Randolph, NY, USA

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problem #1

Jun 012009


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that when the front passenger seat belt is unbuckled, it becomes locked. The failure prevents the seat belt from being re-fastened. The manufacturer stated that the seat belt was working as designed and would not make any repairs. The contact feels that this is a major safety issue because the passenger is unable to latch the seat belt and could be injured or worse in the event of a crash. The current mileage was 800 and the failure mileage was unknown.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

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