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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,740 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.

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu seat belts / air bags problems

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #10

Aug 102015


  • 42,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the seat belt would not stay in place. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 04V188000 (seat belts) but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the seat belt adjuster would not stay in place when it was set after the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 42,000.

- Komack, NY, USA

problem #9

Apr 082015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 134,295 miles
I sat down in the vehicle and found that the drivers seat was leaning. I looked on line to see if I could fix it myself. I found a lot of complaints that the welds break and this is a common problem with these vehicles. I contacted Chevrolet and they told me I had to have the vehicle checked by a Chevy dealer. I brought the vehicle in and they told me that the seat welds did break. I am not an overly heavy person, so I thought that even though the vehicle was older, that this is a design problem, and not an age or neglect problem by the owner. Chevrolet told me that since the car was too old, I was responsible for getting it fixed. This is a safety issue, as if I get in an accident with the vehicle, the fact that the seat belt is attached to the seat, and the seat is not secured, I can be hurt badly. If I were the only person with the problem, I could see why I should fix it. Since this is a known problem with these vehicles, it appears that it is a design flaw, and poor quality workmanship from Chevrolet. I have attached the web site that I saw the complaints on. It is: some of those complaints state that they filed complaints with you. Please check on this as this is a very serious problem and could cause lives lost. I would appreciate a reply to tell me how I go about getting this problem resolved. Thank you

- Oconto, WI, USA

problem #8

Nov 042008


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the front drivers seat weld failed causing the seat to become unstable. The contact mentioned that the seat belt failed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed the seat weld had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #7

Jun 262014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


Power steering locked up while driving thru a curve causing a accident which resulted in one rider injury. We made a claim with GM and they denied it stating that the data from the black box showed that there was not any equipment malfunctions. The power steering started working after the accident. The data showed that the driver side seat belt lock was told to deploy and it did not. To me and everybody else, that is an equipment malfunction. GM told me that since the driver was not hurt that they denied this one also. The back seat rider was injured when the rear door glass shattered sending glass into the back of his head. This required medical attention to remove all of the glass fragments.

- Somerville, AL, USA

problem #6

Oct 202011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
Part is actually the seat hook bracket assembly weld. Couldn't get this accepted in "affected parts" above. Moved the seat while parked and it broke. Took to dealer and after inspection they said it was an inferior weld that came apart. They offered to give me the number of a man who would come out and weld it but that it probably wouldn't hold because you're putting a weld atop an inferior one and it would disqualify me if there was ever a recall on it. I have it propped up with pieces of wood. Its very uncomfortable as it leans to one side and a little forward so I feel like I'm sliding out of my seat. It is difficult to get at so I'm leaving it that way for now. Will my car be included in the recall? my niece has the same make, model and year and has the same problem with hers. I feel that if I'm in an accident, my seat will fly freely and the seatbelt won't be much help so I may be hurt more if we fly forward or toward the car door since nothing is holding the seat in place.

- Burnsville, MN, USA

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problem #5

Aug 152012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel seized and it became hard to turn. The power steering warning light illuminated as the failure occurred. The contact stated that the front drivers seat became lower and they were unable to adjust the front or back. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for both failures where the failures were unable to be replicated. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 93,000. The current mileage was 95,000.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #4

Nov 132004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 300 miles


I have a 2004 Malibu ls, when I first purchased the car during the winter of 04 I had problems with the steering. It was under warranty, I took it back every winter for 4 years and the dealership always repaired the car. In 2010 my power steering light came on and I lost power trying to turn into a parking spot. The next time it occurred, I was driving 50 mph I went to change lanes the power steering light came on and I could not turn the wheel. I was pulling out from a parking spot the power steering light came on and I could not steer the car. This year the seat belt light stays on when my seat belt is on. It happens every day the light stays on. The dealer that I use to use went out of business and did not notify the customers. I found out when I went to have some work corrected that they did. This problem is scary because I never know when the power steering light is going to come on. That is very very scary. My check engine light comes on and they can never find anything wrong. I recently had my car inspected they would not pass it because of the check engine light.I had to drive the car for 300 miles and the light went off and they passed it for inspection. The original brakes were replaced 3 times in the first 2 years of having the car. I only have 45, 000 miles. Purchased 2 batteries from GM the 2nd one lasted less then 2 years and died. An authentic GM battery.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 082010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 111,000 miles
2004 Chevy Malibu driver side seat frame broken welds. The welds in the frame have broken causing the seat to become unstable. Given that the welds are breaking under normal use and that the seat restraints are anchored to this frame causes safety concerns. If the vehicle owners are unaware of a defective weld and the seat should break under crash impact the safety restraint could fail possibly causing greater harm. I have experienced this problem under normal conditions and can see that the integrity of the seat and safety restraint could be compromised. I subscribed to some car forums and was surprised to see the number of people with the same problem on the 2004 and 2005 Chevy Malibu models which indicates some form of defect. I am of average height and weight and did not misuse the seat in anyway.

- Rome, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 182004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,500 miles
The car cut off while I was driving and in heavy traffic more than once. There was no warning that this would happen. The car was serviced before for this problem but it continued to happen. I have had 3 recalls, the horn fuse has been replaced twice, and the blinker is currently out. The steering collar has also been replaced. This car was supposed to be a new car.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 162004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,300 miles
The vehicle lost power steering control while driving 25 mph. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The dealer informed the consumer that the power steering module needed to be replaced. The adjuster assembly on the passenger seat belt was replaced.

- Caledonia, MI, USA

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