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Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
14 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,319 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.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu seat belts / air bags problems

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #15

Jul 142016


  • miles


Air bag indicator light is on. Service airbag message appears when starting vehicle. The bumper to bumper warranty has expired but not the powertrain. Is this covered by warranty and is it safe to drive vehicle?

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #14

Jul 012016


  • 51,000 miles
While driving, service air bags, service anti teft system, warnings come on, A/C, radio shut off aswell as gas, speed odometer, all gauges shut down.

- San Antoniio, TX, USA

problem #13

Mar 292016


  • 21,000 miles
Air bag deployed in accident causing damage to face chest leg also seatbelt caused severe bruising to lower abdomen.

- Lithia Springs, GA, USA

problem #12

Nov 122015


  • 67,000 miles


My 2013 Chevrolet Malibu was involved in a head on collision and the airbags did not deploy. The vehicle was in motion at the time of the wreck.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #11

Aug 282015


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact's vehicle crashed into the preceding vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy and a police report was filed. The contact sustained injuries to the front and back of the head, the lower back, and across the chest that required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to a dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 15,000. MA 10/15/2015

- Cleveland , OH, USA

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problem #10

Jul 232015


  • 50,241 miles
While driving at night went to roll up power windows which in turn caused my headlights to flicker and all dashboard instruments including radio to temporarily stop working. Subsequently gets worse which each occurrence. Last occurrence automatic headlights came on and subsequently caused loss of power steering and airbag light illuminated. Gratefully was able to retain control of car. Since first occurrence it has happened at least six times and seems to happen at night or while headlights are on.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #9

Mar 272015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles


Passenger side air bag will not reset itself.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #8

Jan 052015


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at approximately 30 mph, the vehicle jerked and lost power. The theft attempted warning message and the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the sensing and diagnostic module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 12V224000 (electrical system) however, the VIN was not included. The approximate failure mileage was 46,000. Updated 3/3/15

- El Paso , TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 192014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
I was riding in the car with my wife and cousin heading to her brothers house. We had just drove from out of town after visiting some family members and was taking my cousin back home. While driving I notice the car electrical system acting up it would say I needed to put air in the tire or the back tire was not functioning correctly. It also would say I needed to put my seat belt on when it was on. But this was not my biggest concern my wife while driving ran off the road a struck a tree head on. Had she had been driving faster then what she was going I fell as if she would have been severely injured. The airbags never came out and this was a concern because who knows how many vehicles are affected by this. I thank god that her injuries were not that serve as well as my cousin and I, although pain will heal the pain of losing a love one will never heal. So I ask that you look into because this is a safety concern, I know if had my wife been told that her airbags may or may not deploy she would have never brought the car.......

- Riverdale, GA, USA

problem #6

Oct 192014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 36,650 miles
I lost control of my car and stuck a tree head on the frame of the car was bent and my radiator was pushed back into the engine. My air bags never deployed and this concerns me after hearing about all the recalls that GM had.

- Riverdale, GA, USA

problem #5

May 312014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles


2013 Chevrolet Malibu. Attorney representing consumer writes in regards to vehicle seat belt and airbag sensors failure during an accident. The consumer and his wife were involved in a head-on collision. The impact was so severe that the rear of both vehicles went up in the air and the consumer's vehicle rotated and landed with its tires over a guardrail. Occupants, from both vehicles suffered injuries. Updated 12/15/14.

- Yardley, PA, USA

problem #4

Jun 162014


  • 26,000 miles
Front passenger seat air bag sensor too sensitive?? the front passenger air bag light comes on as well as front passenger seat belt reminder with minimal weight and/or pressure exerted on seat. I noted a 12oz soda beverage was placed on the front passenger seat and in approximately less than 10 seconds the vehicle light illuminated that the air bag was on (it illuminated off until this point) and the reminder tone came on to remind to fasten the front passenger seat belt.

- Caldwell, OH, USA

problem #3

Jan 162013


  • miles
2013 Chevy Malibu 1ls manufactured 11/20/12, currently less than 7,000 mi. 1) chrome & radio glass - when sun shines on console it blinds driver & driver must cover area with a scarf or jacket; console is beautiful to look at, but not practical from a safety viewpoint since the driver is blinded & cannot see until the area is covered from the sun. 2) when air conditioning was turned on, a blast of very hot air came out; it took a couple of times of turning the settings off & on (at least 60 seconds or longer) before the hot air stopped & the air conditioning came on. The hot air could not be immediately turned off. Happened only once. 3) passenger side front fender/bumper loose - makes noise, can pop it back in, but on hot days, it pops out, vibrates and makes loud noise until popped back in. 4) rear windows - when down 1/2, 3/4 or fully, vibrates, makes very loud noise that sounds like tires are coming apart, causing driver to immediately pull over to check tires, the distraction & being on side of road could be a safety issue. 5) no spare tire - unable to locate a tire & rim (or donut tire) for purchase to insert in trunk tire area. No can of goop, also goop only lasts for 6 months & must be discarded & new can purchased. Not good when stranded in inclement snowy weather or out in the hot desert & must wait for tow truck. I like my Chevy Malibu very much, it has been able to handle rough gravel/dirt roads in inclement weather, snow, & highway travel. I plan to take it to the dealer shortly for an oil change & to take care of these issues. What I don't like is that I am unable to turn the driver airbag off (I sit less than 12 inches from the wheel & am concerned that if it were to deploy I would be killed) & that the vehicle is fairly low to the ground, making speed bumps & getting out of businesses where there is a dip onto streets difficult.

- Winona, MO, USA

problem #2

Feb 102014


  • 9,600 miles
Waiting at a corner for a clear spot to cross five lane road. Was watching a truck with a snow plow wanting to turn onto same road that I needed to cross. Looked both ways and then back at the truck. The truck did not move so I proceeded and I only made it just beyond the turn lane and got hit by another car. I tried as fast as I could to stay in the turn lane but still got hit. Other driver did not try to avoid us. We were hit hard in the right front of our car. The speed limit on the road I wanted to cross is 55 mph so we were hit pretty hard. Now this is where we get mad. Our airbags did not deploy. My wife and I were shaken very bad. We each have a doctors appointments as we are very sore and stiff.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #1

Jun 092013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 6,300 miles
First noticed a crease in rear seat side airbags caused by rear door panel resting on it rather than having clearance. After the door had been opened/closed through use over a period of only 6 months, it is beginning to rub a possible hole in the material containing the airbag. Dealership service manager had never seen before and subsequent check of some new Malibu still on the lot revealed that almost all had some sort of indication of the same problem. Don't know what will happen if material on airbag is breached with a hole.

- Apopka, FL, USA

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