Notes: The 2007 Cobalt inherited most of the problems from the 2005 and 2006 model years, but toned them down (a bit). Sure, the power steering still fails and the car has a chance of going up in flames due to a cracked fuel tank, but it’s not as prevalent as the older models. At least not yet.

In 2012, the Cobalt was recalled for gas tank fires but only for owners in certain states.

Then in 2014, the 2007 Cobalt was part of a massive GM recall due to a defective ignition switch that could cause the airbags to not deploy during an accident. The problem led to 13 deaths, government investigations and multiple class-action lawsuits.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,760 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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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt seat belts / air bags problems

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 042012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 87,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph she rear ended another vehicle and none of the air bags deployed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where it was determined that the air bags did not deploy as a result of the sensors being covered by crushed metal from the crash. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 87,000. Updated 05/21/12 updated 05/23/12

- Highland , MI, USA

problem #4

Oct 282009


  • 300 miles
Within a month of purchasing a new 2007 Chevy Cobalt - I began hearing rattling noises from my vehicle. I have had the car in for repairs numerous times. Multiple components have been replaced and or repaired. I currently have 15,000 miles on the vehicle - to this day I can still hear rattling noises and clunking noise coming from the steering-suspension. The mechanics have now told me they don't know what's wrong and suggested I try a different dealership. I have contacted Chevy and received no help in settling this issue. If Chevy would of had their return policy when I purchased - I would of gladly returned the vehicle - I make car payments on a lemon. I don't even like my daughter to ride in the vehicle for fear of her safety. I fear I will be driving down the road the front end will fall apart. It scares me to death.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #3

Feb 162009


  • 24,000 miles
A man in a full-size pickup truck ran a stop light. I braked to miss him and turned towards the right. I ended up hitting him on his truck bedside right behind his tire. I was going about 35 at the time of impact. The airbags did not go off - but after the crash a service airbag light came on.

- North Pole, AK, USA

problem #2

Feb 132008


  • 48,561 miles
The airbag icon came on so I took it to the dealer who said the airbag unit needs replaced at a cost of $900. There is no damage on the car it just failed. The car is a 2007 Chevy Cobalt.

- Barton, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 292008


  • 38,938 miles
June 29th, 2008, my wife was driving our 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt on a single 2-lane country road when she had to avoid a head-on collision with an on-coming pickup. She went into the ditch and hit a tree and fencepost at approx. 45 mph. Eventhough the front end bumper was destroyed from the contact with the tree and post (both head-on directly), the airbags in the car failed to deploy. Neither GM or my insurance company (since the vehicle is totaled) is interested in investigating further.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

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