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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,763 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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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #9

Oct 202014


  • 106,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the chrome plating on all the interior door handles was peeling and caused the contact to sustain minor cuts on the hand. The contact mentioned that medical attention was not required. The contact also stated that the esn warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer on four occasions where it was diagnosed that an unknown part needed to be cleaned. The vehicle was repaired but the failure persisted. In addition, the contact stated that the brake light illuminated without the brake pedal being depressed. The contact also stated that when the brake pedal was depressed the brake light failed to illuminate. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 106,000. The VIN was not available.

- Wilmerding, PA, USA

problem #8

Dec 012014


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that it took several attempts to unlock the front interior passenger door. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer or independent mechanic. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- New Carlisle, IN, USA

problem #7

Jul 212010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the doors would not unlock. The driver side door lock sporadically worked only when the vehicle was shifted into drive and back into park various times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician diagnosed the failure as molding in the door frame. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Fort Washington, MD, USA

problem #6

Apr 092015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 69,000 miles


Drivers door failed to open at times. Drivers door opened while driving.

- Foster, RI, USA

problem #5

Dec 162014


  • miles
Dec 16. I have been having issues opening and closing my driver side door. The latch won't hook correctly. I have the door close, because if I open it won't close. It's difficult to open from the inside and out side. Right now I have to climb over to the passenger side to be able to get out of my car. Apparently this is a common problem with my make and module of car. Its definitely a hazard.

- Cleveland , OH, USA

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problem #4

Jun 222014


  • 62,000 miles
TL * the contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact was unable to open the front driver side door from inside the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer, but the contact was informed that the cost of the repair would be approximately $200. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000.

- Minerel Point , WI, USA

problem #3

May 102014


  • 59,865 miles


Upon arriving at my destination I attempted to exit vehicle but the driver's door would not open. It could not be opened from either the inside or the outside. Tried locking and unlocking the door from the key remote, from the buttons on the door and manually and tried the key in the door but nothing would allow the door to open. Ultimately had to climb over the console to the passenger side to exit vehicle. Fortunately I was able to do so, some people (due to age, health, size, etc.) would not have been able to. If I had been in a situation where I needed to exit the vehicle quickly I would not have been able to do so and no one would have been able to open the door to help me. I consider this to be a safety issue, especially if there had been a fire. GM is aware of the problem as they have issued a tsb. A quick search on the internet shows thousands of reports of the same problem from owners of many different GM vehicles, not just the Malibu, dating back at least six years. I hope there doesn't have to be a fatality due to this before GM issues a recall to fix the problem.

- Gorham, ME, USA

problem #2

May 012014


  • miles
2010 Chevy Malibu passenger door will not open. The door lock is in the unlock position but the door will not open. I have unlocked the passenger door from the door unlock button, the key remote and the physical key. The lock itself goes up and down when the door lock/unlock button is pressed and key remote button is pressed, but when the door handle is pulled from the inside or the outside the door will not open.

- Va, VA, USA

problem #1

Jul 102013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
The front/passenger door will not open from the inside or outside. The door handles move but do not "catch" anything to open the door. If the passenger needed to exit the vehicle, he/she would have to crawl out the window.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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