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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
13 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
19 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,789 miles

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2011 Chevrolet Malibu seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2011 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #50

Nov 152016

Malibu

  • miles

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

When I entered my car in turned the switch to start the car an the service air bag light came on and would not go off.

- Thomasville, AL, USA

problem #49

Jun 152015

Malibu

  • 7,900 miles
The contact owned a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 20 mph, another vehicle crashed into the contact's vehicle on the front passenger side. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained injuries to the back, neck, leg, and arms, which continuously required medical treatment. The vehicle was towed to a tow lot and was deemed destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 7,900.

- Sewell, NJ, USA

problem #48

Nov 032016

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles
TL-test complaint. System down

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #47

Aug 202016

Malibu

  • 48,000 miles

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

Air bag didn't deploy normally. Had an accident and driver bag deployed little. Passenger never deployed. Car was on highway. Involved with another car their's fully deployed.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #46

Aug 142016

Malibu

  • 66,000 miles
The contact owned a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 65 mph, the power steering malfunctioned and the contact lost control of the vehicle. As a result, the contact crashed into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained fractured bones on her face and the passenger sustained minor contusions that required medical attention. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was deemed destroyed. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the power steering axle and tires were defective. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 66,000.

- 329 E Meinecke Ave, WI, USA

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problem #45

Jul 022016

Malibu

  • 57,000 miles
The contact owned a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact's vehicle was rear ended by another vehicle. The air bags fell out onto the floor of the vehicle and did not deploy correctly. The contact sustained injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 57,000.

- Drake, ND, USA

problem #44

Jun 152015

Malibu

  • 60,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 20 mph, the contact's vehicle was rear ended by another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy and the seat belt did not properly restrain the contact. The contact sustained a head injury that required medical attention. A police report was filed and the vehicle was towed. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #43

Mar 152016

Malibu

  • 41,749 miles
I purchased a 2011 Chevy Malibu in 2012. Since the purchase I've experienced issues with the electronic stability control system, the service air bag light has come on while my daughter was sitting in the passenger seat. I was told that the problem with that could possibly be resolved with the recall for the seat belt lap anchor tensioner cable. I have also had issues with the car stalling / losing power after coming to a complete stop and begin to accelerate again into on coming traffic. I have also lost total control due to the power steering going out while driving. When I took my vehicle into the dealership regarding the car stalling, I was told that they could not get the car to duplicate the problem and I left without anything else being don;. I still have the same problem. There should be a recall for this before someone gets seriously injured or killed. I also have a 2011 Chevy Cruze that I've had numerous issues with, not to mention all of the recalls on it. All of the above issues have been while the car is in motion, while turning, and on highway and city streets. I recently noticed that my back seat is leaking from somewhere. I contacted GM and was told to take it into the dealership. The tech at the dealership tells me that the leak is coming from the molding on the roof of the car and wanted to charge me $200 for the diagnostic after I clearly told them that the leak was not coming from the roof of the car. They took down the headliner anyway and said that they did a test and water could be seen gushing from this area, but yet my seat was not wet as I had told them where the seat gets wet at. There are so many problems with these Malibu's I just want GM to take the car back so that I can purchase a different brand of vehicle.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #42

Mar 162016

Malibu

  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 65 mph, the air bag warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the air bags needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 68,000.

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #41

Jan 142016

Malibu

  • miles
I was stop at a red light and my dash read service airbag. I started to drive off and the dash started flashing service airbag. When in motion and as I start ignition. Also my seatbelt sometimes lock or not lock and is very loose as I adjust seat.

- Lamar, MS, USA

problem #40

Oct 252015

Malibu

  • 47,000 miles

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

In Dec 2014 my air bag light went on, dealership states the scan for failure code was B0014. Diagnosis was broken wire under drivers seat. Part used to repair was 12355010, tube 8.965 along with misc shop supplies. October 25th 2015 "service air bag" light comes on upon turning on the ignition. Brought into dealership and was diagnosed today as a bad sensor, so both air bags are not functioning. Dealership says warranty that S left on the car does not cover safety issues. Dealership says it will cost me less than $500 labor and all the rest of the sensor and parts, supplies is over $1,000, the total repair is over $1,500! this is a 4 year old vehicle and is totally out of line. I have also checked on line and there has been many complaints on this car for air bag problems. What can be done about this? it is truly a hardship.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #39

Oct 132015

Malibu

  • 81,735 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. When the vehicle was parked and the contact entered the vehicle, the driver side air bag deployed. There were no injuries. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the pressure sensor for the seat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the notification. The failure mileage was 81,735. The VIN was not provided.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #38

Oct 042015

Malibu

  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while parked and entering the key into the ignition switch, the frontal driver side air bag deployed. The contact was taken to the hospital where he sustained a burn to his arm and stomach injuries. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 44,000.

- South Gate, MI, USA

problem #37

Nov 222014

Malibu

  • 72,824 miles
My daughter and I was stopped at a stop light and a lady rear ended us and her seatbelt never caught and she hit the dashboard head on and Y seatbelt caught and released and I hit the steering wheel head on.

- Eden, NC, USA

problem #36

Oct 132014

Malibu

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. When the ignition was turned to the on position, the air bag warning indicator illuminated continuously. The failure recurred continuously. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 40,000. Updated 09/03/15

- Water Vliet, NY, USA

problem #35

Oct 232014

Malibu

  • 37,800 miles
I bought in June of 2014. In October of 2014 went to start vehicle and it would not start. I called GM who then contacted my local authorized dealer and they towed the car in. They stated the fuel pumped had shorted. It was under warranty so they replaced it. The next incident was Jan 13, 2015 where my car had check engine light on and engine reduced power light would come on along with service air bag light. I called GM and got a case number. Took it to same authorized dealer they informed M the throttle body had shorted this time. At a mileage of 44836 this issue no longer under warranty so I paid 464 dollars out of pocket to have the vehicle fixed. The next incident was March 5, 2015 where the car once again had the engine light on, reduced engine power, and service air bag light. I called GM and the authorized dealership where I had taken the vehicle twice before. They informed me that they installed a new computer system to my vehicle and that it should be good to go. 5/22/15, I called to get an oil change and I also informed the dealership that my service air bag light is coming on once again but I am not getting any of the other alerts that had gone along with it before. I called GM and set a case and told them that I no longer felt safe driving this vehicle because with the service air bag being alerted the airbags will not deploy in the event of an accident. The dealership put me in a rental for two weeks while they tried several ways to rectify the situation. June 2nd I was called to come and pick up my car. The GM rep stated that engineering tech department suggested to change the sensors in the seats of the car. I am worried about the safety of my family while riding in this vehicle if there is in-fact and underlying issue with my vehicles airbags.

- Trotwood, OH, USA

problem #34

Jun 012015

Malibu

  • 35,000 miles
I own a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The air bag warning lamp illuminates & says to service air bag. The vehicle was brought into a GM repair shop several month ago & they could not fix it. It went off for a while & now it's back on. It was not diagnosed or repaired.

- Lockport, NY, USA

problem #33

Apr 182015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag on/off indicator failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and it was determined that the pressure sensor for the seat needed to be replaced. The manufacturer stated that the part needed was not under warranty. The vehicle was not repaired. Updated 6/18/15 the consumer has since traded the vehicle. Updated 06/25/15

- Roswell, NM, USA

problem #32

Feb 142015

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the air bag warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Wytheville, VA, USA

problem #31

Feb 282015

Malibu

  • 38,000 miles
Service air bag light turned on and has remained on when car was started one day. It was not involved in any accidents, collisions, etc. Coincidentally, the light appeared after the oil was changed and the computer reset for oil change.

- Nutley, NJ, USA

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