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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,400 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.

2002 Chevrolet Malibu seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 052010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu ls. The contact stated that while driving about 25 mph her daughter was involved in an accident. There was damage to the drivers front and passenger side. None of the air bags deployed at the time of the crash. Now the contacts driver side air bag compartment is cracked and the air bag seemed as if it would deploy. The vehicle had not been taken to an authorized dealership but the manufacturer sent an investigator to inspect the vehicle; the manufacturer offered no further assistance at the time of the complaint. The current mileage is approximately 90,094. Updated 10/14/10

- Forestville, MD, USA

problem #4

Oct 312008


  • 118,000 miles
Airbag failed to deploy on my 2002 Chevy Malibu 4D sedan during a collision between the Malibu front-end directly with a Saturn 4D sedan in the driver's door at a speed of 50-55 mph.

- Paris, MI, USA

problem #3

Apr 012006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
Air bag non-deployment.

- Wheeler, WI, USA

problem #2

Feb 052003


  • 70,000 miles
While driving at 40 mph a motorist failed to yield and crashed into the front end of consumer's vehicle. Upon impact, air bags failed to deploy, and the seat belts failed to retract. Driver hit head on the roof, and sustained head and neck injuries.

- Ruskin, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 302002


  • miles
In a frontal collison none of air bags deployed on impact.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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