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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,333 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Jun 252006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

I was driving southbound on state rd. 1 after work at approximately 10:15 P.M. I crossed railroad tracks at about 32 mph and both of my airbags inadvertently discharged. This forced my rear view mirror into the windshield and cracked the windshield. Also my dashboard lights are now acting erratically and functions fail to work properly. The shock of the railroad tracks is much less than that of a speed bump at 3 mph. G.M. has failed to send anyone to inspect the vehicle even after letting it sit at a dealership for 7 days because they originally stated they would. G.M. two different dealerships have inspected the vehicle extensively on several occasions and both were unable to determine the cause of the deployment. I have contacted G.M. several times and they are brushing this off like it is nothing to worry about.

- Auburn, IN, USA

problem #20

Nov 122004

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
Vehicle was in a low speed, low impact collision. However, the front air bags deployed. Vehicle was moving about 10 mph.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #19

Nov 202004

Malibu 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles
While driving, the air bag deployed and cracked the windshield.

- Pontiac, MI, USA

problem #18

Feb 202004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

I was involved in a minor low impact collision and the airbags deployed without inflating which offered absolutely no protection.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #17

Jul 122003

Malibu

  • miles
Consumer stated that when making a turn front air bags inadvertently deployed, causing the consumer to pull over. Dealer notified.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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problem #16

Apr 282003

Malibu

  • 111,000 miles
While driving the air bag deployed although there was no impact.

- Ava, NY, USA

problem #15

Apr 012002

Malibu

  • miles

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

While running into another vehicle at about 2-5 mph front air bags deployed, cut the glass, and hit consumer.

- Clayton, OH, USA

problem #14

Sep 272001

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer's vehicle was sitting at an intersection behind another vehicle and consumer thought vehicle was moving. She lifted feet off brakes, hitting vehicle in front. Upon impact, airbags did deploy, but halfway. There was no damage to the outside of the vehicle, consumer smelled smoke coming from air bags. Dealership was aware of problem.

- Griffith, IN, USA

problem #13

Aug 102000

Malibu

  • miles
Vehicle rear-ended another vehicle at 35 mph in which neither air bag deployed. Driver's seat came unlatched & driver received injury to right hand & right breast. Manufacturer notified. Please feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Sikeston, MO, USA

problem #12

May 172000

Malibu

  • miles
I purchased the vehicle from bobb Chevy in 11/99, in April 2000 noticed a grinding noise when braking. Took car into a tuffy auto shop who indicated I needed complete brake job. They suggested warranty should cover vehicle repairs. So I took it to bobb at 7:30 am on 4/27/00, they completed brake job - rotors, calipers, fluid, pads and labor. This totalled $817.01, I paid $496.12, warranty paid the balance. On 5/17/00, coming home from work on a service road I tried to apply my brakes and found I did not have any - this was 3 wks after a total replacement. I had the option to go into an intersection, or hit a car stopped at the stop sign, but I chose to run off the road, hoping that would have stopped me. I hit a pine tree, both air bags popped out, windshield cracked, subsequently my insurance company - geico totalled the car. I suffered severe bruises, ended up in emergency, ordered to take 2 days off work for bruises, severely sprained ankle, bruises on chest & stomach from seatbelt and airbag. I have contacted the dealership, given them geico's report and police report. They suggested I contact product liability dept of Chevrolet. At this time someone from GM product asst is to contact me.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #11

Apr 072000

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles

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

Went over dip in road about 2.5 inches.went about 4 feet, frame under car hit a manhole cover sticking up about 2inches. Both airbags deployed, breaking drivers arm the passenger only had buring in her eyes.

- Warrior, AL, USA

problem #10

Sep 251999

Malibu

  • miles
Vehicle involved in a collision. Vehicle lost control and hit a phone pole, and rolled over. Both air bags failed to deploy. Dealer notified.

- Bremen, KY, USA

problem #9

Sep 251999

Malibu

  • miles
Vehicle involved in a collision. Vehicle lost control and hit a phone pole, and rolled over. Both air bags failed to deploy. Dealer notified.

- Bremen, KY, USA

problem #8

Oct 281999

Malibu

  • miles
Automobile went into a trench and bottomed out, and the air bags deployed, causing the engine carriage to be damaged/cracked the windshield, and damaged the dashboard.

- Richmond Heights, OH, USA

problem #7

Oct 281999

Malibu

  • miles
Automobile went into a trench and bottomed out, and the air bags deployed, causing the engine carriage to be damaged/cracked the windshield, and damaged the dashboard.

- Richmond Heights, OH, USA

problem #6

Nov 091999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Consumer was involved in a frontal collision in which the driver's or passenger air bags did not deploy. Also, the driver's seat belt malfunctioned, and all doors jammed.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #5

Nov 091999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Consumer was involved in a frontal collision in which the driver's or passenger air bags did not deploy. Also, the driver's seat belt malfunctioned, and all doors jammed.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #4

Sep 131999

Malibu

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision, and the airbags did not deploy, resulting in minor injuries. Manufacturer has been notified.

- Cochranton, PA, USA

problem #3

Sep 131999

Malibu

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision, and the airbags did not deploy, resulting in minor injuries. Manufacturer has been notified.

- Cochranton, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 201999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Driver's side airbag deployed while vehicle was being driven without warning. Also, all dashboard lights were acting erratically. Dealer can't find the problem..

- Blytheville, AR, USA

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