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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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
121,286 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Chevrolet Impala seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments

problem #11

Oct 022015


  • 136,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. While driving 65 mph attempting to avoid a deer, the contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a guardrail. The seat belts failed to latch and the engine failed to disengage after the crash. The air bags did not deploy. Prior to the failure, no warning lights were illuminated. The vehicle had to be towed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. A police report was filed and there were no injuries. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 136,000.

- Reedsville, OH, USA

problem #10

Sep 092015


  • 191,000 miles
The drivers side seatbelt fails to latch. On the morning of 9/9/2015 I was unable to get the seatbelt to latch no matter what I tried. The red button moves up and down freely just like the other seatbelt latches in the vehicle. Is there a recall on this year Impala? 

- Mead, WA, USA

problem #9

Sep 052015


  • 129,651 miles
The driver seat belt will not latch. The passenger airbag says off.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #8

Sep 172014


  • 189,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while attempting to strap a child safety seat on the rear passenger's side of the vehicle, the seat belt failed latch. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 189,000.

- Gleason, WI, USA

problem #7

Nov 132012


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. While driving approximately 35 mph, the front end of the contact's vehicle crashed into the side of a second vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy and the seat belts malfunctioned, which caused the driver's head to impact the front windshield. The contact suffered a concussion and a headache that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Shawnee, OK, USA

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problem #6

Jan 012014


  • 240,000 miles
1. the car would stop accelerating and completely turn off while driving. Steering wheel would lock and would coast to a stop. All the lights on instrument panel and everything would turn off. 2. 3 seat belt latches no longer work.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 152013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


During normal use the driver's seat belt buckle will not enter into the latch so the seat belt cannot be fastened. This is not yet repaired. The dealer states this is not a no charge repair of this critical safety item (dealer estimated $180 to $200 to replace). Is this in accordance with NHTSA rules and requirements for seat belts?

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #4

Jun 022011


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the gear shifter was stuck in park and would not allow the driver to move the vehicle at all. In addition, the driver side seat belt latch was fractured. The dealer and manufacturer were contacted but the failure was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 100,000.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #3

Nov 182010


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala lt. The contact stated that the front passenger seat belt malfunctioned and would not buckle any more. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 62,000.

- Richland, MS, USA

problem #2

Dec 212008


  • 36,500 miles
I purchased the 2006 Impala in 11/2006 when stopping the steering and front end shakes and vibrates. 1st the keyless remotes stop working which included my automatic start not working that happened 12/7. I am a trooper so I waited took my car to the Chevy dealer 4/08 and they said there was a recall on the system so they fixed that and my tire monitoring system(which went out again on 12/1/08). My seatbelts wont lock in you have to force it hard several times and then still comes out on both the passenger and drivers side. My rear left door stop wrkg 6/08 1st the door would not close now it does not open at all. On 12/21/08 the power steering went out while driving at 55mph on the expressway. Also the heat stop working and the rear defrost 12/16/08 and it is freezing in Chicago. Took car to dealership and of course the warranty was expired so I was stuck paying the $300 bill for the power steering. My husband refused to pay the $400 for them to replace the thermostat and thermostat gasket. Well two days later car is back in the shop because now 1/3/09 the water pump is leaking waiting on a callback now from the authorized mechanic with the final report on what all is wrong with this car that just came from the other authorized shop on 12/21. Mind U the car was only driven like 4 miles B4 the other problems started happening. I have had it with this car. I will send in more information when I get the final verdict on the death trap from the authorized mechanic when he calls me back today 1/3/08.

- Markham, IL, USA

problem #1

Sep 182008


  • miles
Drivers side front and rear center seat belts are fraying and tearing under normal use and being told that is not covered under warranty by Chevrolet dealer.

- Reisterstown, MD, USA

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