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Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,893 miles

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2011 Chevrolet Camaro seat belts / air bags problems

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2011 Chevrolet Camaro Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #44

Jan 012017


  • 51,000 miles


Two days ago while driving the service airbag came on. I went online to research any reasons why and found that many others have the same problem around same mileage, right after warranty expired. I also noticed a lawsuit concerning the 2011 Camaro airbags.01/07/2017

- Morongo Valley, CA, USA

problem #43

Dec 012016


  • miles
I bought this car new and has about 85000 miles on it and took it in because of airbag light being on. I was told passenger present sensor needs to be replaced which causes airbag light to remain on when car is moving. This is ridiculous I looked about this claim and there are hundreds of Camaros with this exact same issue. This is a $700 replacement and does not sit well with me as I've always bought Chevy and not had issues before. This is a safety issue and if I have to pay $700 to fix a safety issue that was defective with this vehicle and several hundred others then this is a manaufactor defect that should not fall on consumer to get it replaced. Let me know what can be done here! thanks

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #42

Nov 212016


  • 60,000 miles
The passenger's air bag light is on that states the bag is off. Took to dealer and was told the seat sensor needs replaced. Car has 60000 miles. Came on around 52000. Was told that the airbag will not deployed if involved in an accident unless the sensor was replaced. Cost to replace $700. Searched and seems to be a problem on this make. Researched NHTSA web site and there are close to 200 complaints for the same thing. Do not know why no recall has been issued do to a safety hazard. Light is on where moving or parked.

- Salem, WV, USA

problem #41

Dec 122014


  • miles


Approximately 1 year ago 2015 my passenger airbag light said off and has continued to stay off no matter who sits in my passenger seat. At the time I had 2 recalls on my car to be fixed and I told my dealership bobby murray Chevrolet at the time about the airbag light and they said there was no recall on it so I would have to pay myself for the diagnosis. I'm a single parent and live paycheck to paycheck and only have 1 car for transportation, so I'm unable to shell out the $ to have the airbag diagnose and repaired. My car was outta of original warranty and I have another warranty but the co told me no warranty co will repair anything to do with airbags. So I've been waiting to see if a recall would be issued for this problem. Now my airbag redlight on dash is on and I'm assuming if I'm in a wreck my airbags won't work I don't know. I had 46,636 miles on my 2011 Camaro. I've talked with dealer over this past year to see if anything can be done and all they say is they don't have a clue wats wrong with my car and would have to take apart to find the problem & I have to pay. I've spoken to GM headquarters all they said is they'll pay a $100 toward diagnosis. Don't know if they'll pay towards the repair any. I don't have extra money for pay for repair and I've researched other people's repair costs and it runs around $700-$1000. Please help me. I don't want to die in an accident because airbags don't deploy. I'm all my kids have.

- Garner, NC, USA

problem #40

Jun 172016


  • 47,836 miles
Driving along 45 miles an hour with passenger, when air bag chime started dinging.air bag light & chime would come on & off, with or without a passenger.requested an appointment with antelope valley Chevrolet, explaining issue of air bag chime & light & also requested to have 50,000 service since my mileage was 48,296 & requested that brakes be inspected.since I live over 45 miles away I try to combine my services.was told at that time it would be an estimated 2 to 3 hour appointment.arrived at dealership 9A.M.on June 17th 2016.explained to service technician my issues with vehicle, was told it would take around 6 hours.was called by 10 a.M. told my brakes were at the danger zone, I verbally agreed to the 3:12 I phoned to see if it was ready to be picked up, was told that it was just then being seen by the mechanic about the air bag problem, told it would be ready around 4:00. Was called back & told it would need 2 parts to repair the air bag system only 1 of the parts was in stock, , the other would have to be ordered & it had to be done right then.was told not covered by warranty, cost would be &1385.00. Car would have to be kept overnight, requiring another 90 + mile trip.

- California City, CA, USA

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problem #39

Apr 162015


  • miles
While vehicle is moving at any speed or parked. Airbag chime comes on and passenger seat indicator light turns airbags off even when passenger is seated in seat. Took vehicle to dealer, computer code read passenger pressure sensor was bad. Vehicle not repaired due to high cost. Occurred at 65000 miles.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #38

Apr 192016


  • 43,000 miles


At 43000 miles service airbag and chime appeared in drivers information center. Light stays on and chimes every few seconds. Vehicle was running but not moving in parking lot when this happened. After looking online this is a fairly common problem with these cars. Concerned about airbags deploying on their own, or not deploying in a crash.

- Copperas Cove, TX, USA

problem #37

Feb 202016


  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro. While driving approximately 45 mph, the air bag light illuminated and flashed. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer where it was diagnosed that the air bag sensor and air bag module were faulty and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the warranty was expired. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 54,000.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #36

Oct 232015


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the air bag warning indicator illuminated. The contact stated that the failure occurred intermittently. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, a power source warning message illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the air bag module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 82,000. The VIN was not available.

- Bethany, OK, USA

problem #35

Jul 152015


  • 45,000 miles
The passenger curtain side and driver side airbags deployed after making a sharp left hand turn out of a turnout upon trying to reenter the roadway. The tires lost traction for a brief moment and the airbags were deployed over my head on both the right and left side of the vehicle. The seatbelt pretensioners also actuated and tightened very hard. The cab was filled with white smoke and my vision was lost momentarily. I was traveling to words the roadway but managed to stop previous to entering the road. There was oncoming traffic and I was also burned and my neck very severely injured due to the nature of the violent explosion right next to my head. My left eardrum is also permanently ruptured due to this event. My vehicle was located on a mountan road in southern California highway 2. had this happened in a corner on the actual roadway the consiquences may have been much more severe. Again nothing at all was struck during the deployment and nothing has been hit since. I took the car to the dealer that morning they gave me a loaner but still after a week had nit even looked at the car and informed me I would have to pay for the rental. Whe N I was able to get out of bed I returned to the dealer returned the car and took mine back. I contacted lawyer after L lawyer bone of which wanted to help. I was forced to go back to work as I am self employed and have no other means of supporting myself. The problem is still not fixed and my medical issues still persist.

- La Crescenta, CA, USA

problem #34

Oct 202015


  • 100,000 miles


While driving on the highway or on city streets, the air bag light comes on an dings about every 20 seconds. I am able to stop the ding by pushing the button to disregard the message. It did this for about 2 weeks. It no longer dings but the air bag indicator light continuously stays lit and the "service airbag" light comes on when the car is started. 2011 Camaro V6, 100,000 miles

- Helotes, TX, USA

problem #33

Nov 052015


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro. While driving 50 mph, the front driver and passenger and side air bags deployed. The service air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the air bag sensor needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Simms, AL, USA

problem #32

Oct 132015


  • 75,000 miles
Air bag sensor is always coming on and dings every few minutes....whether or not there is someone in the passenger seat or not, whether its in drive or in park, when it goes off, I turn the switch to disregard the notification and it comes on every few minutes....also, the evaporator core kit needs replaced, which is about $2000 and 20 hours of labor due to having to remove windsheild. Heater and defrost work fine but ac will not cool, smells funny inside the car and makes noise when you try to turn on A/C. thankfully its fall.. no recalls but found lots of complaints on the A/C and 2011 Chevrolet Camaros. The A/C started slowly getting less and less cool each day then the last day before it quit, the driver side wouldnt cool at all but the passenger side would. Put in refrigerant and it cooled for a couple more days then just quit cooling. 75,000 miles, had it 5 years 1 month, no warranty. Dont want to pay that much to cool my car, will not purchase another Camaro! not happy.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #31

Jan 012015


  • 48,000 miles
Passenger side air bag sensor in seat is defective, continues to go on and off when someone is sitting in passenger side of car. Or when I have my laptop in the passenger seat. Chevrolet will not acknowledge there is a problem. It appears to be a bad design or defective parts. Car has not been in any accidents that I know of and no kids usually ride in front seat

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #30

Jul 052013


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro. The contact stated that upon starting the vehicle, the service air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #29

May 272015


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro. While driving at 35 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the front passenger side air bag module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 73,000.

- Washington , DC, USA

problem #28

Dec 052014


  • 50 miles
Air bags light on all the time.

- Arlington , TX, USA

problem #27

Mar 122015

Camaro 6-cyl

  • miles
I was going to work as I came down the off ramp I lost all power and hit a pole there was massive damage to the front end and to the engine also I never received a recall notice I did not find out about the recall until I looked up on the internet what may have happened also my air bags never deployed.

- Akron , OH, USA

problem #26

Feb 022015

Camaro 6-cyl

  • 47,503 miles
Passenger air bag sensor turns on and off causing alarm and service airbag warning. This happens when and adult sits in the car or when there is anything in the passenger set. 4 year old car should not have this problem.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #25

Oct 142014


  • 14,500 miles
When the car is started the passenger & drivers side air bag warning lights come on. A message appears that the air bags have been turned off.

- Clovis, CA, USA

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