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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,374 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 122012

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


While traveling in a school zone going approximately 25 miles per hour, I was in an accident involving a school bus. I could not stop, or steer the car to avoid a collision with the rear of the bus. My car went under the rear of the bus, where it was crushed in the front end. The car seemed to just shut down, had no power steering and braking control. The air bags never deployed., even though they should have with the type of impact that the car received. We would like to make this complaint, on behalf of ourselves and any other motorist that might have had similar circumstances. Thank you.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #2

Jul 212014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owned a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact depressed the brake pedal twice with excessive force to prevent a crash. When the brake pedal was depressed the second time, the air bags deployed and emitted white powder, which impaired the contact's vision. The contact crashed the vehicle into the rear of another vehicle. A police report was filed. The contact sustained back and shoulder injuries that did not require medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000. Updated 10/08/14 updated 05/18/2015

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #1

Jan 232005

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,121 miles
While driving on an icy roadway on a downhill left cruve I felt the steering unexpectedly stiffen up as if the car had stalled. By the time I applied enough pressure to compensate the car started to veer to the left, and would not recover. It crashed and rolled over. Also, the air bags did not deploy until we were hanging upside down, even though the car hit hard in the front. Also only the two front air bags deployed not the side or curtain bags. The car was a total loss.

- Monroe, NY, USA

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