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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
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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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1997 Chevrolet Cavalier accessories - interior problems

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1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 261999


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I was a passenger in my car that was rear-ended on 12/26/99 at approx 55-60 mph while waiting for oncoming traffic to make a left-hand turn. This pushed us into the oncoming traffic lane stopping withing 2-3 inches front a front end collision. The passenger front seat slid forward to the dashboad, causing my legs and wrists to hit the dashboard. This caused severe bruising and contusions to my shins (the worst being my right leg), my wrists were sprained from dashboard, neck whiplashed both sides and spinal/low back pain from pelvis being pushed up, causing compression on lower spine, lower right abdominal pain with nausea, diarreah and low grade fevers. Saying maybe appendix or muscular.I remember slamming into dashboard even with seatbelt on. My seat was completely again the dash with exception of room needed for legs to hit it.the seat must have or I could have pushed seat back afterimpact. The seat is now not moving at all. GMC says since an adjuster paid partial settlement to body shop they will not do anything about it... I have limited tort insurance, 2 kids and now not working, and in need of money until insurance pays me monthly what I would be making at work. What do I do?

- Hanover, PA, USA

problem #4

Mar 061998


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Front driver's seat failed to latch in place; causing seat to freely move'seeking help from NHTSA in this matter.

- Oxford, MI, USA

problem #3

Jun 011998


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Driver seat locking mechanism does not lock the driver seat in place in certain position. This may cause the occupant to lose control of the vehicle. Also the windshield wipers, when turned off stay in the upright position, obstructing the view the driver.

- Oxford, MI, USA

problem #2

Aug 051998


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Vehicle was rearended at about 70mph. Upon impact, the front seatbacks collapsed, and the airbags did not deploy. Manufacturer will be notified.

- Shady Spring, WV, USA

problem #1

Jul 311998

(reported on)


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During a collision, the driver sustained a serious permanent injury to legs due to driver's seat pushing her lower body up under the instrument panel and into steering column. Driver also injured wrist.

- Odessa, FL, USA

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