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Print this page Notes: Top complaints for the 2006 Chevy Impala include how the transmission slips, clunks and fails. Or how the power steering knocks and squeals. In other words, this car is a noisy bucket of eventual failure points.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,966 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Impala seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments

problem #9

Dec 162011


  • miles


2006 Chevrolet Impala. Consumer states failure of vehicle airbag in a head-on collision. The consumer stated had the air bag deployed, her injuries may have been less serious. *

- Charleroi, PA, USA

problem #8

Feb 032011


  • miles
On a 2006 Chevy Impala, the air bag indicator light on dashboard came on and remained on. Car was taken to Chevrolet dealer who said it would be quite expensive to repair, so letting it go. Research on the internet reveals this problem. Also saw a technical service bulletin related to codes relating to air bag light remaining on. Danger here is that this should be fixed by Chevrolet with a recall, but no recall as of yet. This defect should be fixed by Chevrolet. Someone is going to die because of this issue not being recalled by Chevrolet.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #7

Dec 152010


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. While driving approximately 10 mph, the airbag deactivation light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician stated the vehicle needed to be repaired by the dealer. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but the technicians could not diagnose the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate mileage was 40,000.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #6

May 282009


  • 62,000 miles


I am a deputy sheriff and was driving a 2006 Chevy Impala when I lost control of the vehicle ending up in a ditch. During the collision my airbag deployed fracturing my sternum from top to bottom along with breaking a rib. Since the collision I received my mri result finding I also have two compacted disks in my neck and a compacted disk in my lower back. I am an average size man 5'9" tall 190 pounds very physically active and was wearing my seat belt and a bullet proof vest. The "black box" in the vehicle showed the impact was at 11 mph. According to my doctor the break to my sternum would take a massive force which was also verified by my pulmonary specialist.. I have investigated hundreds of motor vehicle accidents as a peace officer and this is the first time I heard of an airbag breaking someone's sternum or rib(s). I strongly feel if a elderly person, teenager, woman or short individual would more seriously be injured if they receive the impact I did.

- Porter, TX, USA

problem #5

Apr 192008


  • 46,146 miles
While driving to school a 95 Ford F-250 slammed into a 03 Pontiac vibe which in turn swerved into my lane, causing me to hit the vibe head on at 40 mph. No airbags were deployed in my vehicle and my 06 Impala was a total loss. I suffered injuries to my arm and head.

- Roseville, CA, USA

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problem #4

Jan 162008

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. While driving between 45-50 mph, the contact crashed into another vehicle head on. She believed both vehicles were destroyed. The front end of her vehicle was crushed and none of the air bags deployed. The contact injured her back and head, and is currently seeing a doctor. Her six month old daughter was seated in the rear passenger seat and sustained a black eye. The vehicle was towed. A police report was filed and the contact has pictures. The current and failure mileages were 94,000.

- South Hill, VA, USA

problem #3

Jan 142008

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,744 miles


My wife was rear ended by an 04 Lincoln while traveling 40mph. This turned her 06 Chevy Impala into oncoming traffic and a head on collision with a Ford Ranger going in opposite direction. Ranger doing 40-45 mph, Impala doing 40mph. My Impala is being repaired and is not totaled. My wife was the driver and was injured in this crash. She has neck, back, and shoulder pain as well as head aches. Air bag never deployed!! I have pics of Impala showing dead on / head on impact.

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 152006

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,600 miles
The contacts son owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. While driving approximately 33 mph at night, the contacts son crashed into a stalled vehicle. He struck the vehicle on the driver side door and neither the driver nor the passenger side air bags deployed. The driver sustained minor injuries to his wrist. The vehicle sustained major front end damage. The dealer was notified and stated that the crash had to have been a direct hit on the sensor. The current and failure mileages were 21,600. The consumer stated the air bags did not deploy. The consumer provided photos of the vehicle. Updated 10/10/07

- Waxahachi, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 102006

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,200 miles
: the contact stated while driving 60 mph in the rain on the highway, traffic stopped abruptly, causing a rear end collision with the vehicle immediately in front of the contact. The air bags failed to deploy during the accident. One injury was serious enough for Transport to the hospital for possible back injury. A police report was taken. The service dealer and manufacturer were notified. Updated 10/25/2006 -

- Caro, MI, USA

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