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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
17 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
23 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,413 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #31

Jun 272013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles

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

Airbag not operating light, on right after warranty expired. Internet seems to show this is a problem with the Malibu and a possible issue.

- Shorewood, IL, USA

problem #30

Apr 132013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,863 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the air bag warning light was illuminated and the driver's side door failed to close. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the air bag harness and the drivers door lock actuator needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 77,863...updated 07-05-13 updated 07/12/2013

- Sun Prairie, WI, USA

problem #29

May 092013

Malibu

  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the air bag light remained illuminated and activated the air bag warning beeping sound. The vehicle was taken to the dealer a diagnostic was performed, which was unable to locate a failure code. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 54,000.

- San Antonio , TX, USA

problem #28

Mar 252013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 79,547 miles

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

I have a 2010 Malibu and recently took it too the dealer for a service air bag light and they informed me of a electrical problem that was supposed to be corrected under a recall, however now there saying I need to replace the driver side seat air bag and the passenger seat module. These air bags are a safety issue and there are many 2010 Malibu owners experiencing the same problems and the dealer wants to charge $1245.87 for repairs and cannot say why the failure happened. A vehicle of this age should not have air bag failure. There needs to be some sort of investigation on to why these air bags and seat sensors are failing for no apparent reasons beside the poor or cheap quality of the products there installing. I think that GM needs to stand behind there cars and trucks and not brush off such a huge safety risk. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Clarion, IA, USA

problem #27

Dec 082010

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact started the ignition and the air bag warning indicator illuminated. In December of 2010, the vehicle was repaired under a voluntary recall issued by the manufacturer regarding the air bag. The vehicle was not repaired for the recent failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was unavailable.

- Dover, DE, USA

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problem #26

Jun 012012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Air bag light goes off and on. This has been going on for several months. It should be covered under warranty. This is a known problem for this vehicle.

- Missouri City, TX, USA

problem #25

Jan 092013

Malibu

  • 61,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the while driving 25 mph, a vehicle crashed into the driver's side of the vehicle and pushed the contact's vehicle into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. The vehicle was destroyed and the two of the passenger's were injured. The contact stated that she sustained a concussion and bruises to the head and chest. In addition, she was knocked unconscious. The rear driver's side passenger sustained lacerations to the face from the window exploding on impact and from the curtain air bag not deploying. A police report was filed. The dealer and manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 61,000.

- Stevensville, MI, USA

problem #24

Apr 042011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving down a one way street, another motorist driving approximately 60 mph down the wrong way, crashed into the drivers side of the vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. The contact suffered pains in legs and lower back and headaches. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and was informed that the seat was adjusted too far back causing a mechanism to detach disabling the air bags. The contact did not feel that was a satisfactory diagnosis. The vehicle was repaired. The air bag warning light illuminated and was taken to the dealer several times. The manufacturer had not been notified. The failure mileage was 24,000 and the current mileage was 51,000. Updated 01/09/13 updated 1/11/2013

- Port Arthur, TX, USA

problem #23

Nov 072012

Malibu

  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the driver's side air bag inadvertly deployed without any impact to the vehicle. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of th road. The contact sustained minor injuries to the shoulder, arm and leg. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 53,000.

- Greenfield, WI, USA

problem #22

Nov 022011

Malibu

  • miles
The air bag light comes on daily since then and the dealer told my wife that the air bag light was nothing than the air bags not working not to worry about it, but the air bag light stays on all the time now.

- Northwood, OH, USA

problem #21

Aug 242012

Malibu

  • 89,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The contact notified several dealers of the failure and they advised that he would have to bring the vehicle in to have the failure diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 89,000.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #20

Aug 172011

Malibu

  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while attempting to avoid hitting an animal, the vehicle crash into a pole. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag failed to deploy. There were no injuries in the accident. The contact stated that before the accident the passenger air bag off warning lamp was illuminated although the passenger seat was occupied. The contact stated that before the accident the vehicle had electrical problems that the dealer could not resolve. The failure mileage was 8,000 and the current mileage was 30,000.

- Stoughton, MA, USA

problem #19

Nov 172010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 9,500 miles
The above date is approximate. I received a recall from Chevy about the air bag warning light. I took it to the dealer and they said they fixed it. They said it was the connector to the wiring harness. This problem has never gone away. The warning light comes and goes whenever. I can be driving or standing still, or just starting the engine. I have not taken it to the dealer yet. The car now has about 19,000 miles on it.

- Amherst, OH, USA

problem #18

Aug 012012

Malibu

  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that there were no recalls addressing the failure. The failure and current mileages were 53,000.

- San Diego , CA, USA

problem #17

Jul 052012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 58,800 miles
Purchased car on June 28, 2012 and a week later the service air bag message started showing. Took the car to the Chevy dealership and was told that other models have this issue. They are charging $500 to replace the wire harness on a two year old car. Since this error can cause the bag to accidentally inflate, this is a huge safety issue.

- Scottsbluff, NE, USA

problem #16

May 292012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
"service air bag" light came on. Apparently not covered under my extended warranty. Was in an accident in April that afflicted the driver side but the air bag sensor under the passenger seat was the one throwing the code. I've had them both replaced. I was told by the dealership that were recalls on this part in other cars.

- Wichita Falls , TX, USA

problem #15

Mar 292012

Malibu

  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that another individual was driving the vehicle when the air bag light illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 46,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Alamogordo, NM, USA

problem #14

Feb 022012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the vehicle was impacted by another vehicle from the passenger side and none of the air bags deployed. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and the current mileage was 68,000...updated 03/21/12 updated 06/06/12

- Bloomington, MN, USA

problem #13

May 012010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
This car has had this ongoing problem with the air bag light. I have had this vehicle to 3 different dealers, and the problem goes away for a while. The air bag warning light comes on intermittently. The previous time, the light came on at 35000 miles. The dealer could not get it to repeat. Car now has 50000 miles and the light is coming on again. No one can tell us, if we are protected, by the air bag if the warning light is on. There seems to be plenty other people with same problem if you do a search on the internet.

- Culleoka, TN, USA

problem #12

Aug 242011

Malibu

  • miles
Driver side door could not be opened with manually from inside, or with the key or auto opener. Driver had to exit over the counsel and out the passenger side. When I turned it into the dealership, I was told it was the actuator malfunction and that they would replace it. They didn't seem too concerned that this was a new issue and what I believe a serious safety issue, in addition I have had to take this vehicle six times to the dealership because of the "service air bag" indicator light keeps coming on. Another safety issue that had a recall but was not fixed yet.

- Madison Lake, MN, USA

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