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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
13 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,601 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Impala seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #28

Sep 012015

Impala

  • 184,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. After activating the turn signal, the vehicle suddenly shut off and the air bag sensor light illuminated. While driving, the key was removed from the ignition switch and the vehicle continued to operate. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 184,000.

- Old Hickory, TN, USA

problem #27

Jun 152010

Impala

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. While driving 30 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The contact was unsure about the part that needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was then taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 65,000.

- New Albany, IN, USA

problem #26

Dec 312014

Impala

  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, a noise emitted from the front end and the engine stalled. The driver was able to merge to the side of the road; however, the brakes failed. As a result, the vehicle continued to roll, crashed into a pole, and caught fire. The front driver side air bag failed to deploy, causing the driver's head to strike the windshield. The driver suffered injuries to the head, neck, and shoulders, which required medical attention. It was unknown if a police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The failure mileage was not available.

- Norfolk , VA, USA

problem #25

Apr 032009

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2001 Chevrolet Impala car was totaled before recall was issued the consumer stated the air bag did not deploy.

- Silver Lake, KS, USA

problem #24

Aug 082014

Impala

  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. After the vehicle was involved in a crash, the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and no injuries were sustained. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but the air bags were not inspected. The manufacturer was not notified. The speed was unknown. The failure mileage was 113,000.

- Jasper, IN, USA

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problem #23

Mar 012014

Impala

  • 190,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the air bag indicator constantly illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 190,000. Updated 11/14/14

- Spartansburg, SC, USA

problem #22

Jul 082014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. While the vehicle was idling, the air bags deployed inadvertently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000. Updated 09/21/15

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #21

Jan 252014

Impala

  • miles
I was driving down the road on day and lost total control of my vehicle and hit a guide rail. I bounced off the guide rail and the car started spinning and another guy had hit me and I went head on into the guide rail. My airbags didn't deploy and I had minor injury (pain in neck and back, my glasses broke and ihit my head off the steering wheel) I'm pretty sure my care is totaled because the frame is bent and broke.

- Clymer, PA, USA

problem #20

Feb 052009

Impala

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the air bag sensor illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who was unable to diagnose the failure. In addition, the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who stated that the sensing diagnostic module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 00V371000 (air bags) and in NHTSA campaign id number: 00V244000 (air bags). The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #19

Feb 142008

Impala

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated was driving approximately 5 mph and crashed into another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy however, there was no personal injury. A police report was filed of the incident. The contact's front end bumper sustained moderate damage. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem and they stated that there was not a recall related to the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Enfield, CT, USA

problem #18

Apr 102014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 170,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I was driving on the freeway in traffic and I switch lane to carpool lane. As I was picking up speed when I was rear ended from behind pushed down forward further and my car turned and slammed onto the center divider lane. After my car struck center divider lane same car who hit me has not slowed down and hit me again on high impact behind driver side passenger door and gas tank smashing onto my rear wheel. None of the air bags deployed in my car. I am 5'1 in height and weight about 133lb. We bounced around as well as my backseat passenger who is my daughter who was seating in a booster seat and we were both wearing seat-belts. When the car hit us sideways and jerked us around my head slammed by the door panel and busted my head open which caused it to bleed badly. Believe it was the initial impact from the rear my keys flew out of the ignition and on to the floor in the backseat floor firefighter had to search because I told them as soon as they showed up "my car is still running I don't know where the keys are at!" the ignition was still in on position as if the key was in it. My doors on driver side and behind driver side was smashed and my car shifted out of its alignment that even my daughter who was in the rear seat behind the front passenger side of my car her door could not be opened by the fire department. We were both removed from the front passenger side door and ambulance transported us to hospital. My daughter who is 10 years of age was shaken up sick to her stomach dizzy with minor bruises. I suffer bruises on top of my foot. Bruises on my thigh my legs bounced up and hit the stirring wheel. Bruises on both my arms and my daughters arms and elbow! we are both tender and soar all over the bodies but, praise god we are alive! by the way my car is totaled and its paid for. Pls give advice on this situation.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #17

Mar 282014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 187,000 miles
Air bag did not deploy causing strain of neck muscles, upper back injury, bilateral strain, contusion of multiple sites of my lower limbs bilateral. There have been several recalls on the Impala but due to negligence of GMC I am in pain my car was totaled and I have to purchase a new car. I will need assistance in price, payments, extended maintenance warranty at your cost and delivery of new vehicle to address I provide no fee also include tag payments. I contacted your complaint department last night and was told that I will be compensated in this will be taken care of as Chevrolet always takes care of their best customers.

- Winter Park, FL, USA

problem #16

Dec 152012

Impala

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving 40-50 mph in rainy weather, he drifted to sleep and crashed into ditch. The front driver's side air bag failed to deploy. The contact suffered injuries to the neck, back, ribs and the chest. The vehicle was towed to a local tow yard and was not inspected or repaired. A police report was filed of the incident. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure and current mileage was 100,000.

- Mason , TN, USA

problem #15

Oct 052009

Impala

  • 100,000 miles
Security light comes on, traction light comes on, RPM's drop to 0, gas drops to 0, constant draining of battery and is dead after 10 or so hours. Many people on forums are all complaining of the same thing and even mechanics say that this is a very common problem with these cars yet there is no recall! I have spent as of now 1000 dollars on this problem and my dealer is telling me that might not fix the problem completely!!! I have put in a new alternator, new battery, new BCM, and now a new ignition switch! I currently have the old BCM and the new one is in my car.

- Waconia, MN, USA

problem #14

Jun 202007

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles
2001 Chevrolet Impala airbag sensor failed requiring replacement. NHTSA has a recall for 580 such vehicles under no 00V244000. I was never notified of a recall. The vehicle has 88,000 miles, and the failure of the sensor could result in significant injuries in event of a crash.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #13

Oct 122004

Impala

  • 88,000 miles
When parking air bag warning light illuminated until the vehicle was turned off. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Groton, CT, USA

problem #12

Jul 282004

Impala

  • 6,027 miles
Consumer's vehicle experienced the same problem as stated in recall 00V244000. The air bag warning light inadvertently illuminated. Dealership would not repair the vehicle because this vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #11

Jan 232004

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,600 miles
Airbag light comes on intermittently. Have taken it to the dealer three time and they say nothing is wrong with it. Turn signals stop work intermittently. Dealership replaced body control module (costing me over $300) did not fix the problem.

- Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

problem #10

Aug 142003

Impala

  • miles
Consumer stated that while driving down the road lost power, all of the dashboard lights were gone. Electrical systems failed on the dashboard, but no where else. He was still able to roll the electrical windows up and down, and radio still came on. Also, airbag light came on, indicating there was a problem. Sometimes when this happened air conditioner did not work. This happened 3 times in the last 2 months. Consumer had taken vehicle to dealer/mechanic, and was told to disconnect the battery.this happened to reset the computer. But when this happened a second time, he took vehicle back to dealer/mechanic. They put vehicle on the computer, and could not find anything wrong with it, but yet they changed the ignition switch, which they said could be bad.

- Erie, CO, USA

problem #9

Jun 302003

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front collision with a tree. Extensive damage. Drivers front fender dented. Bumper partially torn off and headlights fell out. Neither airbag deployed.

- Chelsea, VT, USA

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