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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,235 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.

2005 Chevrolet Malibu seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 202008


  • 58,000 miles


I purchased two 2005 Chevy Malibu - one lt and one ls. In February 2008 my daughter was driving the ls and rearended me into the car in front of me. I was at a dead stop and it propelled me 4 feet before I slammed into the car infront of me. She went up my bumper and into my trunk and no airbags in her Malibu or mine were deployed. In July 2008 she was driving the lt and rolled the car two times at 55 mph and none of the 6 airbags deployed that time either. The first accident caused $8,000 damage to her car and $ 10,000 to mine yet no airbags. The second accident the car was a total loss and no airbags.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #4

Dec 182005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,174 miles
While driving the contact's daughter ran upon the curbing along the side of the road. She then over corrected and ran into an embankment head on, and the vehicle flipped twice. Upon impact, neither front air bags deployed. The driver sustained I shoulder injuries, but the passenger was fine. The weather conditions were normal and not considered as a cause of the accident. A police report was taken at the scene. The insurance company deemed the vehicle not repairable.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #3

Nov 052005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact's vehicle was involved in an accident. The vehicle swerved across the road and then accelerated down the highway, hitting a tree. The contact could not stop the vehicle with the brakes. Upon impact, the airbags did not deploy. The dealership did not know what caused the accident or why the airbags did not deploy.

- Hamlin, LA, USA

problem #2

Aug 242005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
Consumer air bags deployed at speed of 5 mph seat belts also malfunctioned. After the accident, the police officer noticed the seat belt did not lock when pulled quickly. The police officer stated he could see no reason why the air bag should have deployed due to the damage being minor.

- Corinth, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 132005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My son used my new chev 2005 Malibu ls and was in a car accident. This accident occurred on the highway he lost control of the car and hit the guard rail and the front end crashed into the ground smashing the whole front end and the air bags never went off. Thank god he and his cousin were not killed. I thought the air bags were to work when you hit the front end of your car?

- East Hartford, CT, USA

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