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Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,111 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.

2003 Chevrolet Malibu seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 082011


  • 93,000 miles


The owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact was driving 10 mph when the front passenger air bags deployed without warning. The contact suffered minor cuts and burns as a result and had to seek medical treatment. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The failure mileage was 93,000.

- Wanchese, NC, USA

problem #6

Dec 262004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was involved in an accident in my 2003 Chevrolet, Malibu on Dec.26, 2004 and my front airbags did not go off.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 032004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
While driving consumer was entering a parking space and vehicle accelerated at a very high speed, leaving skid marks in the parking space where she was trying to park. Then, vehicle jumped the curb and hit a tree. Upon impact, the air bags did not deploy. The consumer was injured.

- Windsor, VT, USA

problem #4

Oct 222004

Malibu 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While driving consumer applied the brakes and pedal went to the floor. Consumer was unable to maintain control of the vehicle and hit a concrete barrier. Upon impact, both frontal air bags did not deploy. Driver and passenger sustained head and neck injuries, and were air lifted by a helicopter to the hospital. Vehicle was towed, and totaled by the insurance company.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 132004

Malibu 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While pulling inside of a parking space, the vehicle suddenly accelerated uncontrollably. The consumer put both feet on the brake pedal and the vehicle continued to accelerate. The accelerator pedal was stuck to the floor. This caused the consumer's vehicle to hit another vehicle. Upon impact, both frontal air bags did not deploy. No injuries reported. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was taken to the service dealer on four occasions. This problem remained the same. GM would not take responsibility.

- Union City, GA, USA

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problem #2

Mar 222003


  • miles
The frontal air bags deployed, when the vehicle hit a curb.

- Salem, MO, USA

problem #1

Feb 262003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,780 miles
The vehicle hit a guard rail and the air bags did not deploy. The dealer stated that they replaced the clockspring in the steering that shorted. Scc

- Grand Blanc, MI, USA

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