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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,718 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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2005 Chevrolet Malibu seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #13

Jul 122016

Malibu

  • 135,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While attempting to reverse the vehicle, the air bags deployed in the contact's face without warning or impact. The contact required medical attention. The vehicle was at the contact's home awaiting inspection by the manufacturer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000. Updated 10/13/16

- Ordway, CO, USA

problem #12

Dec 222015

Malibu

  • 223,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 55 mph on an incline in inclement weather, the vehicle began to spin and the contact crashed into a guardrail multiple times. The steering wheel completely fractured from the vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained minor neck and left arm injuries that required medical attention. The front passenger sustained thigh injuries and the rear passenger side passenger did not sustain any injuries. Both passengers did not require medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed from the crash scene to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The failure mileage was 223,000.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #11

Oct 132015

Malibu

  • 158,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 20 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 158,000.

- Plattsburgh, NY, USA

problem #10

Mar 112015

Malibu

  • 93,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the air bag, check engine, and tire pressure warning lights remained illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 93,000.

- Chicago , IL, USA

problem #9

Oct 312014

Malibu

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owned a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at approximately 50 mph, another vehicle crashed into the contact's vehicle, causing it to spin and crash into a fence, a brick wall and the side of a house. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000. Updated 02/24/15

- Miamisburg, OH, USA

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problem #8

Nov 032014

Malibu

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the horn and signal lights failed to operate. In addition, the air bag warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Sparta, GA, USA

problem #7

Sep 242014

Malibu

  • 160,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the engine stalled and the vehicle spun out of control. The contact crashed into a wall and the driver side air bag failed to deployed. The driver was knocked unconscious and medical attention was required. A police report was failed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact received NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) and believed that the recall was related to the crash. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- North Las Vegas , NV, USA

problem #6

Apr 022014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2005 Chevy Malibu it has all of the symptoms as the recall for the ignition switch, the power steering goes out when it wants to, it shuts off sometimes when you come to a stop and the air bag light is on, it has not occurred since we put the key on a ring by itself, but they won"T honor it says it's not on the list but the 2005 Malibu maxx is on the list! the maxx is the same car but with a hatchback instead of a trunk, can U please look into this and tell me what if anything can I do?

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #5

Mar 142014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to ignition lock cylinder recall. The consumer stated the vehicle stalled, as she was arriving at a busy intersection. The vehicle had to be towed, because the she was unable to re-start the vehicle. According to the invoice, the ignition cylinder was replaced.

- Holland Patent, NY, USA

problem #4

Nov 062013

Malibu

  • 158,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, smoke started to emit from behind the steering wheel. The contact mentioned that within a couple of minutes, the air bag erroneously deployed without warning. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 158,000.

- Wesley Chapel , FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 112011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 83,032 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Air bag readiness light in the instrument panel comes on and off. Vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer to be serviced. Authorized dealer informed me that parts were modified since the original parts were unserviceable. Airbag coil bracket and switch were modified and installed.

- Naguabo, PR, USA

problem #2

Apr 202010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 78,300 miles
While driving my 2005 Malibu ls 3.5 V6 the air bag light went on and stayed on Chevrolet says it is the rt frt side deployment module pn 25921017 this same car had 4 body control modules changed.

- Davenport, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 142006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving in inclement weather, I lost control of my company-furnished 2005 Chevy Malibu and crashed head-on into a tree at 55 mph. The airbag did not deploy and I was hospitalized with extensive head injury (trauma, cranial bleeding, etc...) and a broken clavical. I continue to suffer from these injuries with no neurological relief in sight. My employer's auto insurance company investigated the equipment side of the accident and determined that the airbag didn't deploy by design (something about a sensor bar not being impacted - I can't remember what they said). Heck, I can't remember much these days it seems. Nothing was done to correct the failure as the front end of the car was demolished and the vehicle written off as a total loss. Seems to me that if the airbag did not deploy by design then there's a design defect that GM needs to correct. Updated 03/23/09.

- Oxford, PA, USA

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