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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,500 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.

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2005 Chevrolet Cavalier seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 032015


  • miles


Takata recall air bags did not deploy in a rear end collision that totalled car. Also passengers seat broke causing neck and rib injury.vehicle was stationary waiting for construction flagman.

- Post Falls, ID, USA

problem #5

Feb 072015


  • 40,000 miles
Please call about these problems with these cars, [xxx] is how I think anything will get done, just called today 02-20-15. Gas gauge went out 02-07-15 ( mileage 40000) and is hitting against my temp gauge so I don't know how hit my car is getting. I replaced my temp gauge back in 01-07-12 mileage(29111) cause it was hitting against my speedometer<--- this was not replaced but I dont think till this day it shows the right speed. Air bags did not work back in 2006 crash no fault of the car then, someone hit me, so dont even know if they will. Called GM about that in 2012 and told me there was nothing that could be done. Forgot to tell kimmy about this problem today. Good luck getting these problems fixed. I have to drive my kids and family around only car I have so I hope something is fixed before we get hurt. And I hope for the ones that fixed these repairs get there money back if they find it to be a issue.. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Tiger, GA, USA

problem #4

Aug 202011


  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle crashed and the passenger side air bag failed to deploy. It was unknown if there were any injuries or if a police report was filed. The air bag warning indicators illuminated continuously. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the air bags needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 112,000.

- Mountainview, HI, USA

problem #3

May 182014


  • 91,000 miles


Daughter was driving to go to another location when stopped for light. Light turned green had some one in front of her and since it is a stick shift she just let the car roll. She panicked I think and hit clutch instead of brake. She rolled into the back of the SUV ahead of her and the airbags exploded in the car. She was only going 4 miles an hour. No damage to the car in front of her no front damage to our car except the air bags and breakage of front window. Daughter was hit in face by airbag and the fingers cut with with the window breaking. She has received 2 black eyes and said she was very disoriented when the airbag hit her. We are very concerned about this. We have had the car for 3 years and have not been in any accidents fontal wise. I went through to see if we had a carfax on this car. The company told that there had not been in any accidents. My concern is that if I was driving the car I am short and with it being a clutch I have to sit close. So I really would have been hurt. Why would the airbags explode at only 4 miles an hour? please respond soon as this has to be taken care of for the insurance. Thank you.

- Federal Heights, CO, USA

problem #2

Nov 122008


  • 42,000 miles
My daughter was involved in an accident. She rear ended another vehicle on a rain slick road. There were no injuries although she is now in the process of having her sore neck evaluated by a doctor. She was the only occupant in her vehicle (2005 Chevy Cavalier). The passenger airbag deployed with enough force to break the windshield. The driver side airbag deployed but did not inflate properly. Upon inspection, it is apparent that a hole in the airbag (about the size of a quarter) is the reason the airbag did not work properly. Obviously, the failure of the driver side airbag is the reason for this complaint.

- Niceville, FL, USA

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problem #1

Mar 012005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer request that the air bags in her 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier be disconnected. The consumer received a doctor not to have the air bag removed. The consumer presented the note to the dealer who in turn faxed the note to the manufacturer. The manufacturer still refused to allow the dealer to disconnect the air bag.

- Laredo, TX, USA

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