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Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,917 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 #12

May 052015


  • miles


My mom and sister was recently involved in a auto accident which caused critical injuries. My mom rear ended a semi truck and the air bags did not deploy nor did the seat belts lock causing my mom to crush her face. My sister recieved 2 vertebra fractures and 3 rib fractures. The cause of this accident caused my mom to have to have surgery on her face and is still in the ut hospital. If the air bags had deployed then it could have saved her face more than it did.

- Barbourville, KY, USA

problem #11

Feb 112015


  • 109,000 miles
The contact owned a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while stopped at a traffic light, another vehicle crashed into the rear of the contact's vehicle causing the contact to crash into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed. The contact sustained neck, back and arm injuries that required medical attention. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 109,000.

- Mckeestort, PA, USA

problem #10

Aug 132014


  • miles
Ran over a manhole that was covered all the sudden airbags went off driver and passenger smashed windshield.and sent daughter to hospital 27 weeks pregnant this vehicle has lots of problems its dangerous! we have drove over that same section of road in other vehicles many of times never seen this before! they should recall these airbags!

- Oklahoma, OK, USA

problem #9

Jul 212014


  • 143,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the front driver side air bag deployed while exiting the highway and traveling less than 20 mph. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who scheduled an inspector to diagnose the failure. The contact indicated that the inspector could not confirm if there was a defect with the air bags. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 143,000.

- Maywood, IL, USA

problem #8

May 012014


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owned a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle accelerated independently and crashed into the rear of a second vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was not filed. The contact sustained a cut to the lip, bruising on the forehead, neck injury, and her front teeth were loosened. It was unknown if the contact received medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V1400000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified. The speed was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 97,000.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

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problem #7

Jul 082014


  • 140,000 miles
In a collision with another vehicle, brakes failed to work, airbag did not deploy. Totaled my vehicle.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #6

Sep 242008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles


2002 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to ignition recall and seeks reimbursement for repairs. The consumer stated the vehicle shut down 3 times. The ignition lock cylinder was replaced.

- Lebanon, WI, USA

problem #5

Jul 212013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that another vehicle crashed into the driver's side door of the vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy and the seat belts did not tighten. The contact sustained a fractured hip and a passenger sustained a concussion. A police report was not available. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Lilburn, GA, USA

problem #4

Jun 202010


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that intermittently, the turn signal lights would not illuminate. In addition, the air bag warning light would intermittently illuminate on the instrument panel and the air conditioner blower motor would only function when set on high. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 60,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Port Jefferson Station, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 172008


  • 0 miles
My grandson was critically inured while front seat passenger in 2002 Chevy Malibu, this vehicle cannot sustain impact of 30 mph or less to front passenger side without causing fatal if not critical injuries to passenger. No side airbag, no protection whatsoever. Rated with three stars...... ridiculous. My grandson lost one lung and part of his bronchial tube because there is no safety measurements on this vehicle to protect front passenger.

- Sykesville, MD, USA

problem #2

Jul 252005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In 2002, I bought a 2002 Chevy Malibu. Since then it's been giving me a lot of problems. The first problem was the water found in both tail lights; this was under warranty. Then there was water coming in the driver side window, the brakes, and the torque needing to be reprogrammed. Then it was the headlights going out and I got them replaced at a walmart; mind you, since the 1st problem, none of this has been under warranty. Now it's the airbag gone bad, cooling system gone bad, and the brakes again, along with a fuel pump. The calipers have to be replaced still, the airbag needs to be checked out, and the car is in the shop now to diagnose what is wrong within the fueling system that makes the car not start. Oh! I almost forgot, I purchased a battery 2 weeks ago because that went out. I always stay on top of my service for the car. This car is 3 years old and I bought it new off the lot. It sucks!

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 012003


  • miles
Front air bags inadvertently deployed without impact while driving 30 mph.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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