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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
11 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
14 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,225 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.

2001 Chevrolet Malibu seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #14

Jul 012014

Malibu

  • 130,000 miles

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

Car electrical components don't work when car is started then begin working sometime after the car is running 5-15 minutes. Gauges, radio, ac, fan, do not work and I am worried the airbags are also not working. I see many complaints about this issue on the internet (repairpal.com/no-start-due-to-failed-passlock-sensor-300). I see the recall for replacing keys but this is the ignition switch that is failing.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #13

Jan 252015

Malibu

  • 208,000 miles
A church van was pulling out of a driveway and failed to yield the right of way. We T-boned them going 35mph. We hit them incredibly hard and yet the air bags did not deploy! four of their passengers were sent to the hospital in the ambulance and the two of us in the Malibu went later. The car was totaled and the church van had significant damage as well.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #12

Dec 172014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
My daughter broadsided an SUV at about 45 mph and the airbags failed to deploy. The SUV's side airbags did deploy!!

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #11

Apr 122007

Malibu

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. When attempting to start the vehicle, the ignition failed to turn over. After being involved in a crash, the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and the driver suffered knee injuries. The vehicle was repaired by a local technician. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Memphis , TN, USA

problem #10

Mar 152014

Malibu

  • 180,744 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 30 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. As a result, the contact crashed into the rear passenger side of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was repaired, but the results of the diagnostic testing were unknown. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 180,744.

- Lake Wales, FL, USA

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problem #9

Aug 272014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owned a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 10 mph, another vehicle crashed into the rear of the contact's vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained a head injury that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Ponchatoula, LA, USA

problem #8

Jul 042002

Malibu

  • miles

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

The contact owned a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 30 mph around a curve, the contact was blinded by the headlights of an oncoming vehicle and veered off the road. The vehicle flipped over and landed into a ditch. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The driver sustained injuries to the right knee, but no medical attention was required. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system) and believed the crash was related to the recall. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Hague, VA, USA

problem #7

Mar 142014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
While waiting in the turning lane at a stop light, I suffered multiple injuries when I was rear-ended by an SUV traveling at a high rate of speed. I hit my throat and chest on the steering wheel twice due to the impact. My airbags did not deploy, nor was I restrained by the seatbelt.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #6

Sep 202010

Malibu

  • 0 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 65 mph the vehicle crashed into the rear end of a vehicle. The air bags did not deploy; however, the air bag cover opened and remained folded within the air bag area. The vehicle was destroyed. The vehicle was towed by the police department. The driver received injuries to the neck and back. The passenger received injuries to the neck and was also transported to the hospital. The seat belts were worn at the time of the crash. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Pawtucket, RI, USA

problem #5

Aug 052004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
Horn does not work. Problem started out intermittently. Now it seems to be permanent. Very inconvenient. It makes me wonder if the air bags even work.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #4

Jul 292004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,500 miles

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

I was driving down a road with the speed limit being 55 mph which I was doing and hit the edge of the road on the right side and when I turned the wheel slightly to the left the entire car went to the left and the car hit a tree head on at 55 mph and the neither of the air bags deployed. The car totaled.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #3

Jul 042004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,900 miles
Air bag light illuminated and remained on while driving. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The problem was not diagnosed at this time.

- Alice, TX, USA

problem #2

Nov 212002

Malibu

  • miles
Airbags failed to deploy in a multi-car accident.

- San Juan , PR, USA

problem #1

Oct 222002

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Consumer states of been on a collision and air bags did not deployed. Dealer was not notified.

- Neptune, NJ, USA

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