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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
27 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
26 / 1
Average Mileage:
70,279 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Impala seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #21

Nov 172014

Impala

  • 64,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. While operating the vehicle, the air bag sensor light illuminated and the message to service the air bags soon appeared. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 64,000.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #20

Jul 182014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 113,455 miles
The airbag light will not go out, the stability control light comes on and the car loses power and the engine starts to cut off. I have sent my car to the dealership twice for the same problem I have even called the Chevrolet corporate office. Each time I get a different answer as to what the problem is the first time. I was told it was sensors that needed to be replace and that it would cost $1200. This time I was told it was the spark plugs that is causing the car to shut down and the cost would be around $400 or $500. The first service in July my receipt says they did a multi-point inspection would that not tell them my plugs were bad? my car is still at friendly Chevrolet in dallas can you please help. My daughter drives this car and she a high risk pregnancy.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #19

Sep 082014

Impala

  • 74,000 miles
The contact owned a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. While driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle continued to accelerate when the brake pedal was depressed. As a result, the contact crashed the vehicle into a ditch and struck a massive rock. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and there were no injuries reported. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system) and stated that the part for the repair was not available. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 74,000.

- Longwood, NC, USA

problem #18

May 292014

Impala

  • 76,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. While driving approximately 35 mph, a vehicle crashed into the driver side of the contact's vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact was knocked unconscious and sustained shoulder injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. In addition, when making a turn, it felt as if the rear tires lifted off the ground. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 76,000.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #17

Sep 222014

Impala

  • 173,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact heard an intermittent ticking noise coming from the front passenger side air bag. The failure became progressively worse. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V517000 (air bags). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 173,000.

- Columbia, TN, USA

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problem #16

Sep 192014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The car went under 2 tractor trailers and the airbags never deployed nor did the car ever shut off.

- Castleton, NY, USA

problem #15

Aug 262014

Impala

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the vehicle was rear ended by another vehicle which caused the contact to rear end another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained neck injuries. A police report was filed of the incident. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 105,716.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #14

Jun 292013

Impala

  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that he was rear ended and no air bags deployed at the point of impact. A police report was filed and no injuries were sustained. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the air bags were inspected and deemed fine. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 46,000. Updated 10/14/14

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #13

Aug 102014

Impala

  • 176,000 miles
The contact owned a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact crashed the vehicle into a flatbed tow truck and the air bags failed to deploy. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified. The speed was unknown. The failure mileage was 176,000.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #12

Oct 102013

Impala

  • 61,715 miles
While entering a freeway traffic suddenly stopped and I changed lanes. As I changed lanes I was unable to steer and attempted to brake. The car spun out of control and collided with another car broadside. The car I hit had its air bags deploy. Mine did not. Damage to my car was all front end and drivers rear door. No injuries except bumps and bruises. My car has now been recalled for the ignition key issue by GM. Was unaware of issue before.

- Whitmore Lake, MI, USA

problem #11

Apr 092011

Impala 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles

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

Petition for defect and recall re a major defect in the GM algorithms identifying the weight and size of occupants at impact and may inhibit airbag deployment; defect is probably in all GM vehicles from 2003-2010; attachments not imaged fwd to nvs200. On April 9, 2011, the driver and the passenger were struck on the right passenger side by a Chevrolet Tahoe forcing them to violently collided into the center cement retaining barrier with its front left side. Although, the passenger was seated in the front passenger seat and properly wearing his seat belt he sustained severe and permanent brain injuries in the side impact collision, when his air bag failed to properly inflate. The driver was also injured.

- Santa Barbara, CA, USA

problem #10

Apr 012013

Impala

  • 100,000 miles
Service air bag light comes on intermittently, can't pinpoint what would trigger this. Occurs every week since April 2013. Seems to be many complaints online of people having the same issue.

- Zeeland, MI, USA

problem #9

May 282013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
Involved in a front collision, and neither seatbelt deployed or airbags.

- Verndale, MN, USA

problem #8

Jan 272011

Impala 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
Car was traveling approx/ 50-55 miles per hour heading South when control was lost of the car. Their was a slight turn in the road and brakes were applied. The car left 116 ft of solid skid marks before entering in the East ditch and then back onto the roadway. The vehicle flipped onto its roof and was in the middle of the road when help arrived. With the car being air borne regardless of it not being a head on collision those air bags should of been deployed to help hold the driver in. Their was a seat belt worn as well. The seatbelt is what saved the drivers life.

- Logan, IA, USA

problem #7

Aug 042010

Impala

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The vehicle hydroplaned while driving 80 mph and this caused the vehicle to spin and crash into an embankment. When the vehicle hit the embankment, it rolled over four times. The windshield shattered and the rollover bar popped and the drivers side window popped out as well. The contact was injured. None of the air bags deployed during the crash. The vehicle was destroyed. The vehicle was towed and inspected by the manufacturer who stated that none of the sensors were hit and that was why the air bags did not deploy. The contact stated that the air bags should have deployed, because the vehicle was crushed. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 60000.

- Argillice, KY, USA

problem #6

Sep 072010

Impala

  • 48,725 miles
Check airbag system indicator kept coming on in my 2008 Chevrolet Impala. I called the dealership to get repaired and they told me because I had over 36,000 miles it was no longer covered. I had no problem with that, but the service manager indicated that it was a common problem. The dealership was able to make the repair the same day. I was informed that the trouble was with the front passenger seatbelt retractor, which was common, and that it disabled the passenger airbag.

- Otter Lake, MI, USA

problem #5

Aug 302010

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. While driving approximately 55 mph pressure was applied to the brake pedal and he heard a grinding noise. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where he was informed that the brake pads were corroded which caused the rotors to fail. The brake pads and rotors were replaced. The failure and current mileages were 16,500. The consumer also stated the air bag light illuminated. Updated 01/03/11

- Trumansburg, NY, USA

problem #4

Jul 152010

Impala

  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. While traveling 70 mph the contact smelled smoke coming from inside the drivers side door panel, seconds later the contact noticed that the airbag light had appeared on the dashboard followed by the deployment of the front passenger side airbag. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the wiring was replaced in the driver side airbag, however after the repair the failure still occurred. There were no prior warnings. The failure mileage was 39000 and the current mileage was 40000.

- Coolidge, AZ, USA

problem #3

Jun 082008

Impala

  • 1,951 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. While driving 50 mph, the contact crashed into another vehicle. The driver and passenger side frontal air bags failed to deploy. The driver and passenger sustained injuries to the back, wrist, and neck. Missouri state police filed report number 06030800534. The failure and current mileages were 1,951.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #2

Jan 062008

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 999 miles
Vehicle purchased new and never damaged. While driving the vehicle for about 15 minutes, a "service air bag" message displayed on the driver information center and the chime sounded (999 miles on the odometer). The vehicle owner's manual stated that the vehicle should be taken to a dealer immediately if the message was displayed. Inspection by the selling dealer service department determined the instrument panel cluster had to be reprogrammed and the wiring for an airbag sensor (terminal "C") had to be repaired.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

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