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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,380 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.

1998 Chevrolet Malibu seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 022006

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,900 miles


: the contact stated while traveling 35 mph, the vehicle was involved in a front impact crash, and the airbags did not deploy. Additionally, the contact was wearing a seat belt, and the buckle assembly fractured upon initial impact. There were no injuries sustained. The vehicle sustained moderate damage to the front end. The police were on the scene, and a report was taken. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #4

Sep 282001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front fender where front sensor was located was cracked. Consumer sustained chest and knee injuries from steering and dashboard because air bags didn't go off. Also, seat belt did not lock up. Consumer has not consulted manufacturer or dealer.

- Mountain Top, PA, USA

problem #3

Sep 032001


  • miles
Plastic locking mechanism on seat belt latch plate split.

- Fulton, MD, USA

problem #2

Feb 011999

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Driver side seat belt latch failed.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 101999

(reported on)


  • miles
The saftey belts are hard to fasten and come undone, ticking noise when cold then diminishes, headlights fogging up inside, low speed braking, car pulls to the left.

- Johnson City, NY, USA

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