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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
40 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
39 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,779 miles

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #29

Dec 151997

Cavalier

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving 60 mph the vehicle ran over a possum, lost control of vehicle, had a frontal impact on an embankment which caused the vehicle to rollover several times, in which both driver's and passenger's airbags did not deploy. Did not protect the occupant in this accident. Also the passenger's seat broke in half.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #28

Dec 151997

Cavalier

  • miles
While driving 60 mph the vehicle ran over a possum, lost control of vehicle, had a frontal impact on an embankment which caused the vehicle to rollover several times, in which both driver's and passenger's airbags did not deploy. Did not protect the occupant in this accident. Also the passenger's seat broke in half.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #27

Dec 181997

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
For no apparent reason while driving about 20 mph both air bags deployed. The passenger's side air bag broke the window when it deployed. The driver had minor injuries. The vehicle is at a dealership. Consumer states vehicle has been at dealer for 18 days and he still has not had any response from them.

- Plantersville, AL, USA

problem #26

Dec 181997

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

For no apparent reason while driving about 20 mph both air bags deployed. The passenger's side air bag broke the window when it deployed. The driver had minor injuries. The vehicle is at a dealership. Consumer states vehicle has been at dealer for 18 days and he still has not had any response from them.

- Plantersville, AL, USA

problem #25

Oct 041997

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was driving at approximately 20 mph, was going around corner a deer jumped out, hit deer head-on. Tried to move to the side, ended up, hitting tree. No air bag deployed, causing driver to sustain head/shoulder injuries and bruises. Bumper was bented, including hood front side panel.

- Bolivar, PA, USA

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problem #24

Jul 301997

Cavalier

  • miles
PE97041; while driving about (10) mph and making a right turn, the air bags on the driver's and passenger's side deployed for no apparent reason. This caused driver to crash into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags have been replaced.

- Daleville, AL, USA

problem #23

Jul 301997

Cavalier

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

PE97041; while driving about (10) mph and making a right turn, the air bags on the driver's and passenger's side deployed for no apparent reason. This caused driver to crash into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags have been replaced.

- Daleville, AL, USA

problem #22

Jul 291997

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Passenger's side airbag deployed, vehicle hit by another vehicle travelling 40 mph, hit/shattered front windshield; according to manual, normal reaction for airbag.

- Sewell, NJ, USA

problem #21

Aug 291997

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Making a left turn around a corner on a city street and about 50 to 100 feet the airbags exploded (no bumps were hit and streets were smooth, consumer is experiencing slight hearing loss and ring in the left hear.

- St. Paul, MN, USA

problem #20

Jun 071997

Cavalier

  • miles
Driving about 65 mph & another vehicle hit passenger's side; air bag deployed & hit shoulder/chin and console; bounced to meridian; seat belt around neck; seat belt did not restrain driver in normal position; face continued towards console. At dealer prior & told was problem & ordering parts.

- King City, CA, USA

problem #19

Jan 311997

Cavalier

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Owner stated that the vehicle had an accident. Vehicle hit two trees and one tree fell down. Both driver's and passenger's side airbags did not deploy, driver sustained injuries.

- East Worchester, NY, USA

problem #18

Jan 311997

Cavalier

  • miles
Owner stated that the vehicle had an accident. Vehicle hit two trees and one tree fell down. Both driver's and passenger's side airbags did not deploy, driver sustained injuries.

- East Worchester, NY, USA

problem #17

Dec 141996

Cavalier

  • miles
The passenger's side air bag deployed due to the location of the bag/it cracked the windshield. The vehicle was involved in an accident at 70 mph, running off the road, and into rocks.

- Ft Polk, LA, USA

problem #16

Mar 281996

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Passenger's airbag deployment was violent, causing injury to passenger's eye during collision.

- Pound, VA, USA

problem #15

Oct 081996

Cavalier

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
When going at 65 mph the driver's side air bag deployed without being in a collision, air bag hit driver's chin and caused injuries to her neck and back.

- Windsor, NC, USA

problem #14

Nov 201996

Cavalier

  • miles
Consumer was involved in a 10 mph collision in which the driver's and passenger's side air bags deployed.

- Oceanside, NY, USA

problem #13

Nov 201996

Cavalier

  • miles
Consumer was involved in a 10 mph collision in which the driver's and passenger's side air bags deployed.

- Oceanside, NY, USA

problem #12

Nov 111996

Cavalier

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Driving at 10-15mph on a smooth surface the air bags deployed and blew out the driver's and passenger's side door windows.

- Pinedale, WY, USA

problem #11

Nov 111996

Cavalier

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Driving at 10-15mph on a smooth surface the air bags deployed and blew out the driver's and passenger's side door windows.

- Pinedale, WY, USA

problem #10

Sep 071996

Cavalier

  • miles
Consumer was traveling at 10 mph hit a cement base telephone pole when the air bags deployed, causing the windshield to break and also injuries to the consumer.

- West Roxbury, MA, USA

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