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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
43 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
56 / 1
Average Mileage:
3,629 miles

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1997 Chevrolet Cavalier seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #62

Jan 012003

Cavalier

  • miles

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

Defective steering column in 97 Cavalier, caused an accident resulting in extreme injuries. NHTSA campaign id number : 02V286000. The consumer was making a slow left and the vehicle pulled to the right. The air bag deployed late striking the consumers left eye.

- Magnolia, AR, USA

problem #61

Dec 042004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer was driving approximately 50 mph, when she tried to avoid an accident, but veered right off the road onto a safety school complex. She then hit a mailbox pole. The airbags failed to deploy on impact. The consumer stated that she hit a curb and the vehicle sailed over it into the mailbox.

- Campbell River, 00, USA

problem #60

Oct 122004

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
When trying to avoid a crash at 15 mph vehicle went into a ditch. The frontal air bags deployed after the vehicle came to a complete stop. Consumer suffered injuries. Had the vehicle towed to dealership, who could not resolve the problem.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #59

Oct 262004

Cavalier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer was traveling 35 mph and both frontal air bags went off inadvertently. No injuries reported. Consumer was able to drive it home, and will contact the dealer.

- Minden, IA, USA

problem #58

Dec 052003

Cavalier

  • 70,000 miles
While the vehicle was parked the vehicle's driver side airbag deployed inadvertently. The cause has yet to be determined. Please provide any additional information.

- North East, PA, USA

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problem #57

Jul 232003

Cavalier

  • miles
Vehicle's air bag inadvertently deployed while driving.

- Niles, OH, USA

problem #56

Aug 251997

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles

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

Inadvertent driver side air bag deployment killed driver by causing loss of control. While traveling the speed limit in the center lane of the interstate the driver side air bag suddenly deployed for no apparent reason, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The car slid sideways through the median and was struck on the broadside by oncoming traffic killing the driver and injuring three occupants of the other vehicle. The car was purchased new three months earlier and had been driven less than 3000 miles. This vehicle was not in the inital recall according to consumer but did receive notification after the allegation of the front bags deployed and the driver crossed the path of traffic resulting in a crash. Accodring to the complainant, the vehicle was impacted on the passenger's side door. The driver sustained internal head trama resulting in death. It is alleged that the driver's sead hit the window or the roof. The driver was alleged to have been wearing his seat belt. Both front airbags deployed. This incident happened back in 1997.cw

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #55

Dec 192002

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
Vehicle accelerated on its own and vehicle flipped over causing injuries and total loss of vehicle.

- Garden City, NY, USA

problem #54

Jul 102000

Cavalier

  • miles
As consumer began to break and slow down, due to congestion that she noticed that was in front of her, a vehicle pulled in front of her, so to avoid a collision consumer slammed on the brakes, and all of a sudden the airbags deployed violently and subsequently consumer rear-ended the vehicle, consumer and the passenger suffered severe injuries, however the very next day after the accident, the consumer received recall notification(98026) the manufacturer is not willing to take any responsibility for the accident, consumer was informed by a represenative from General Motors that the recall was old and that the airbags should already have been replaced, consumer then informed the represeantive that the vehicle was not purchased new.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #53

Feb 092002

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While vehicle was stopped at a traffic light air bags unexpectedly deployed without a collision occurring, cause unknown. Upon deployment air bag broke windshield, which consumer replaced at his own expense.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #52

Nov 042001

Cavalier

  • miles

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

Was in accident, air bags did not deploy.

- Hudson, MA, USA

problem #51

Oct 242001

Cavalier

  • miles
While traveling approximately 15 mph on wet roads vehicle hydroplaned and struck a telephone pole. Both frontal air bags failed to deploy. Three passengers received minor injuries, back and neck strains. Vehicle has not been examined to determine if air bags should have deployed. Please provide any additional information / attachments.

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #50

Jul 102000

Cavalier

  • miles
As consumer began to break and slow down, due to congestion that she noticed that was in front of her, a vehicle pulled in front of her, so to avoid a collision consumer slammed on the brakes, and all of a sudden the airbags deployed violently and subsequently consumer rear-ended the vehicle, consumer and the passenger suffered severe injuries, however the very next day after the accident, the consumer received recall notification(98026) the manufacturer is not willing to take any responsibility for the accident, consumer was informed by a represenative from General Motors that the recall was old and that the airbags should already have been replaced, consumer then informed the represeantive that the vehicle was not purchased new.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #49

May 011999

Cavalier

  • miles
Ms. Welch's was driving on an interstate when she lost the ability to control the steering, causing the car to veer back and forth and causing her to lose control. Then, before any crash both airbags prematurely deployed. She has suffered serious injuries and is unable to work. Peter ong of the usdot was contacted concerning this crash.

- Gary, IN, USA

problem #48

Aug 242000

Cavalier

  • miles
Vehicle invovled in a frontal collision, speed was undetermined; but the driver side air bag did not deployed. Dealer/mfr's notified.

- Beeville, TX, USA

problem #47

Mar 102000

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles
Driver's and passenger's air bags deployed without vehicle impact, cause unknown.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #46

Dec 291999

Cavalier

  • miles
Was traveling 70mph when suddenl/for no reason, both air bags deployed. Did not hit or run over anything. Drove vehicle to dealership. Was informed by service manager, a recall was on vehicle. An inspector checked vehicle & to decipher code on vehicle. Finally no recall.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #45

Feb 142000

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles
While driving the vehicle at 45mph vehicle hit a ditch and flipped over. Neither driver's side nor passenger's side airbags deployed. Dealer has not seen vehicle.

- Collinsville, VA, USA

problem #44

Nov 021999

Cavalier

  • miles
Involved in an automobile accident, and neither airbags deployed. Vehicle was totalled. Hasn't contacted dealer nor manufacturer.

- Gouverneur, NY, USA

problem #43

Nov 021999

Cavalier

  • miles
Involved in an automobile accident, and neither airbags deployed. Vehicle was totalled. Hasn't contacted dealer nor manufacturer.

- Gouverneur, NY, USA

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