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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,666 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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2004 Chevrolet Aveo seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments

problem #8

May 282015


  • miles


This is just one problem...the car had major problems in the past like dying totally on a highway but that's not my concern right now. The back seat belt is locked up & it will not retract. I have a child so it's really inconvenient.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #7

Jan 132014


  • 102,000 miles
Driver seat belt buckle froze up and the buckle would not engage. This buckle has exhibited difficulty in the last couple of months. Many times would have to push belt into slot 2X or 3X before the buckle would catch. Never thought it would be a issue. Thank god my daughter wasn't driving to school and the thing locked up or something. Now, it will cost approx. $200 to have just the buckle replaced at the original dealership I purchased it from. All I can say is that there are too many problems with the Aveo seat belts starting from 2004. I liked this little car but I am done. I think I'll stick with Dodge. This is just my opinion. Unfortunately, there are over 1800 complaints on this vehicle between 2004 and 2011; the most being 2004 and 2005. I think my issue just slide past them.

- Glenwood, IL, USA

problem #6

Aug 092012


  • 87,000 miles
We purchased this car from a used car dealership this year. The rear seat belts don't extend or retract. There was a safety recall issued on October 15, 2004 (recall # 04V407000). Chevrolet's recall center has told me it's no longer their responsibility to repair the rear seat belts, because although this is a passenger safety concern, this recall item is now in a, "closed" status. My questions is, "really""! defective passenger seat belts are no longer Chevy's responsibility after a certain time period" please look into this and please advise me as to what my rights are as a Chevy owner.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #5

May 122005


  • miles


NHTSA campaign number: 04V407000 both side seat belts in back still locked and non working after repair. Repair only worked temporarily now they do not work again. Repairing did not fix problem. GM refuses to fix correctly.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #4

Jul 272009


  • 20,000 miles
2004 Chevy Aveo rear seatbelts do not work. Safety recall issued and a guide to repair seatbelts was installed as part of the recall. The seatbelts once again are broken twisted and can not be used! I can sometimes fix one seatbelt but within a week it is not able to be used again! my daughter was squeezed by the seatbelt when I applied the breaks. It was a very tight squeeze but I was able to get out of the car and unbuckle her quickly so she had only very minor injuries. I have had to drive without seatbelts for my children on many occasions or make them both use the middle seatbelt together. We were on vacation and were forced to drive home 12 hours without a seatbelt because of the product defect. It may sound like a simple thing to fix buy buying a new car but I simply cant afford it and I know many 2004 Aveos were produced so please do something so that GM will correct the problem and no child dies as a result of this!

- Danville, KY, USA

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problem #3

Jan 302006


  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Aveo. The front passenger side seat belt was twisted from the base of the seat belt. The contact was unable to unwind the seat belt because it was installed incorrectly. The contact is able to use the seat belt, but it may fail in the event of a crash. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current mileage was 83,182 and failure mileage was 28,567. Updated 07/08/08. The consumer was rear ended and the seat belt didn't perform as designed until after the impact. The passenger was injured. Updated

- Girard, GA, USA

problem #2

Jul 092004

Aveo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32 miles
-the contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Aveo and stated that since she purchased the vehicle the passenger's side seat belts never locked correctly in place. She took the vehicle to the dealer, and they replaced the seat belt, but she believed that they switched it from the front to the back. Currently, the seat belt has been locking when anyone sat in the back. Also, the dome lights iwere constantly burning out. This had occurred about three or four times. In addition, the clock did not work whenever she set the time, it would change on its own Accord. Similarly, the key lock on the driver's side fell through the door panel. The dealer repaired and painted the door the wrong color, and they painted over the door handle. Just last week finally, the tension pulley fell off while she was driving on the freeway. They told her this was normal wear and tear on the vehicle and refused to make further repairs. The failure mileage was 32, and the current mileage was 60,750.

- Rancho Cucucamonga, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 122004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,300 miles
The consumer was involved in a vehicle accident whereby the seat belts did not work. The driver seat belt broke and a toddler was thrown to the front seat. After complaining to the manufacturer about the failure, GM still did not cooperate. The consumer just received a recall on the seat belt. NHTSA recall 04V407000.

- Foss, OK, USA

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