ANNOUNCEMENT: The Car Book 2018 is now online!

Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here.

Print this page

10.0

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

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1996 Chevrolet Cavalier seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #69

Jun 012010

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 135,950 miles

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

The contact owns a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving at 30 mph, the driver side air bag independently deployed. The contact was unable to see the roadway and the passenger had to maintain control of the steering wheel as the vehicle steered of road into a gas station area. Both the passenger and contact exited the vehicle and the front passenger side air bag then independently deployed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was awaiting a diagnosis of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 135,950 and the current mileage was 136,018. Updated 9/13/10 updated 09/15/10

- Knoxville, IA, USA

problem #68

Dec 152006

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,282 miles
- the contact has a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving both driver and passenger air bags deployed. The driver injured his arm when air bag deployed and crashed the vehicle. After contacting the dealer, the dealer stated he has no recall records for his vehicle prior to 2003.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #67

Aug 012005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 184,000 miles
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier passenger air bag inadvertently deployed striking the consumer's 9 year old son in the face. The vehicle was traveling at 20 mph.

- Chillicothe, OH, USA

problem #66

Jun 102005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

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

Vehicle was stopped and the air bags deployed on both passenger and driver sides. The air bag light came on and off the day before. An engineer from GM came and stated air bags deployed because of moisture in the car. The windows were down the night before and rain got in the car. There were two people in the vehicle when air bags deployed, the air bags smashed the windshield. Two passengers sustained injuries, bruises. Owner believed was a police report. GM was notified and determined that air bags deployed because of moisture. No pictures were available.

- Austinburg, OH, USA

problem #65

Jun 162003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,500 miles
Fuel pump seal disintegrated. Cost $1,081 (including 3 day car rental). Earlier this year there was a recall on the steering column and I wound up paying an additional $600 for other defects not covered by the recall. Think that this and many additional problems on this car constitute it being a lemon. More than 5 recalls in 7 years.

- St. Cloud, MN, USA

Search CarComplaints.com for these popular complaint phrases...

problem #64

Apr 142003

Cavalier

  • miles
The vehicle was involved in a frontal collision, and only the passenger side air bag deployed.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #63

May 182002

Cavalier

  • miles

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

Both air bags deployed while parked. Dealer and manufacturer were notified. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #62

Apr 032002

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Was driving 25mph and was starting to turn into driveway, when both air bags deployed without warning. The driver's air bag exploded with a lot of smoke & caused the driver to suffer burns on chest. Nlm two people were injured.

- Enid, MS, USA

problem #61

Apr 012002

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 25 mph on a gravel road both airbags deployed, then exploded. Driver and passenger suffered burns on face and chest.

- Enid, MS, USA

problem #60

Oct 081999

Cavalier

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Recall9V146000/air bag deployment received on April 13, 2000. While traveling at highway speed of 45 mph, a deer jumped on hood of vehicle and broke front windshield. While the vehicle was at a stop, both air bags deployed. The deployed air bags ruptured 2 discs of the driver's neck.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #59

Aug 161999

Cavalier

  • miles

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

Stopped at a red light, wife was in another car in front, and consumer was hit from rear. Upon impact, airbags didn't deploy.

- Lake Katrine, NY, USA

problem #58

Aug 161999

Cavalier

  • miles
Stopped at a red light, wife was in another car in front, and consumer was hit from rear. Upon impact, airbags didn't deploy.

- Lake Katrine, NY, USA

problem #57

Mar 041999

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a crash, impact front side by pickup truck. Neither airbag deployed upon impact. Dealer contacted and is aware of the problem. Problem still exists.

- Bay Village, OH, USA

problem #56

Mar 041999

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a crash, impact front side by pickup truck. Neither airbag deployed upon impact. Dealer contacted and is aware of the problem. Problem still exists.

- Bay Village, OH, USA

problem #55

Feb 081999

Cavalier

  • miles
Head-on collision at 60 mph, hit tree right in middle of the hood, neither air bag deployed. Driver, 17 years old, suffered severe internal and facial injuries, passenger,12 years old, suffered compound fracture of leg.

- Red Rock, TX, USA

problem #54

Jun 101998

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling on wet surface, went into a spin and hit cement retaining wall. The air bags did not deploy, and seat belt did not lock, driver was injured.

- Ocean Park, WA, USA

problem #53

Jun 101998

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling on wet surface, went into a spin and hit cement retaining wall. The air bags did not deploy, and seat belt did not lock, driver was injured.

- Ocean Park, WA, USA

problem #52

Feb 251999

Cavalier

  • miles
Consumer was traveling on the highway, .while slowing down to approximately 20 mph, all of a sudden the air bags deployed for no reason, causing injury to consumer's neck/back and spine. Passenger's air bag smashed out front windshield. Dealer/manufacturer notified, and had nothing postive to say. Also vehicle was part of a manufacturer's recall concerning air bag deployment. Consumer did not receive a recall notice. NHTSA recall # 98V 146 000. Seeking NHTSA for help in this matter.

- Potsvam, NY, USA

problem #51

Feb 251999

Cavalier

  • miles
Consumer was traveling on the highway, .while slowing down to approximately 20 mph, all of a sudden the air bags deployed for no reason, causing injury to consumer's neck/back and spine. Passenger's air bag smashed out front windshield. Dealer/manufacturer notified, and had nothing postive to say. Also vehicle was part of a manufacturer's recall concerning air bag deployment. Consumer did not receive a recall notice. NHTSA recall # 98V 146 000. Seeking NHTSA for help in this matter.

- Potsvam, NY, USA

problem #50

Jul 201998

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles
While driving both driver's and passenger's side airbags deployed. 1 injury to driver.

- Kewanee, IL, USA

Read the next 20 complaints »

Not what you are looking for?