really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,070 miles

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2011 Chevrolet Aveo seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2011 Chevrolet Aveo Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 312015


  • 98,350 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that the air bag light remained illuminated in the vehicle. The vehicle was diagnosed as having an erratic signal, which caused the air bag light to illuminate. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 98,350.

- North Charleston, SC, USA

problem #4

Jul 242015


  • 187,000 miles
On/about 07-24-2015 the airbag warning light came on and stayed on. I contacted GM/Chevrolet and was told to take car to authorized Chevy mechanic to determine problem. Modern Chevrolet mechanic diagnosed two defective airbag sensors in passenger airbag. Cost to replace the sensors $1697.48. Contacted GM/Chevy and was informed by GM/Chevy customer service that no one would authorize repair because no recall had been issued by Chevy. The NHTSA's database has a service bulletin # sb-12-09-41-001 stating that GM llc had notified it of "counterfeit vehicle airbag modules for Chevy Aveo models 2011-2015! this is a critical safety violation! I cannot afford to pay to replace these 2 airbag modules. Chevrolet/GM needs to recall the 2011-2015 Chevrolet Aveo's and replace both passenger airbag modules.

- Walnut Cove, NC, USA

problem #3

Mar 202015


  • miles
I bought my Chevy Aveo lt in 2013 with a little over 39,000 and within 6 months I noticed the passenger side air bag light was only staying on sometimes; and then a couple of months ago I noticed that it was staying off. I took my car to the dealer as I bought an extended warranty, and they told me it was the sensor in the set and that it would have to be replaced at the cost of $1600 as it is not covered by my warranty as it is a factory defect. I did a lot of looking on the internet and found this has been a problem with the Aveo since at least 2006. The one person that finally got GM to fix theirs after a lot of words back and forth says it went out again 6 months later. This is a very serious matter as the passenger is at risk and in my case it is my 13 yr old grandson I'm raising that I take back and forth to school everyday much less everywhere else. I'm 68 and do not have the kind of money that is needed to fix this problem so I hope G M will place these cars on recall and fix this problem in the Aveos before someone is hurt or dead.

- Muskogee, OK, USA

problem #2

Jul 252014


  • 80,000 miles
My granddaughter was driving the vehicle and was the only one involved in the accident Friday, July 25 2014.. she was critically injury, and is still in the hospital. It looks like the air bags did not deploy and for unknown reason the vehicle left the road and hit a utility pole. As everyone reported a similar problem/accident.

- Milford, DE, USA

problem #1

Nov 012012


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Aveo. The contact stated that the front driver and passenger side air bag warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the failure was caused by an activated cell phone that was inside the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact indicated that the defect recurred multiple times and that the dealer replaced the air bag on two separate occasions for the same defect. The failure mileage was 15,000

- Dysart, IA, USA

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