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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,013 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt seat belts / air bags problems

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #10

Jun 112016


  • miles


The defect: No audible warning chime when the drivers door is opened after turning off the ignition and leaving the key in the cylinder. There is also no audible chime when the seatbelt is not connected while driving and the turn signals make no audible sounds when on. All audible sounds are played using the vehicles sound system. I saw there has been a recall issued for other GM models with similar problems. This problem is common with this make and model and other similar GM vehicles. My chimes haven't worked right for awhile now. A quick google search shows this is a on going problem with GM radios for a long time. A recall has been issued for newer GM vehicles with similar problems General Motors recalls Chevrolet sonic, trax and spark over radio compliance issue read more:

- New Franklin, OH, USA

problem #9

Nov 012015


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving the vehicle, the key was accidentally removed from the ignition switch and the vehicle continued to operate. On several occasions, while driving various speeds, the vehicle suddenly shut off and the front driver seat belt was faulty. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the linkage was faulty. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 35,000. Updated 2/4/16

- Washington Township, MI, USA

problem #8

Apr 022015


  • 154,000 miles
Seatbelt will not buckle. Husband had to slide out under the seatbelt and we cannot get it unstuck.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #7

Mar 302015

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 100,279 miles


The airbag maintenance light came on in the car, took car to GM dealer and stated that there was broken wire in the passenger side seatbelt retractor. Dealer had to replace retractor and clear code. Having hard time understanding how this is not safety related and why I am having to pay out of pocket to fix this. This part does not hardly move and should be designed to move so many revolutions. My opinion this is a flaw in the design and should be covered by GM.

- Raymond, OH, USA

problem #6

Dec 012014


  • 75,550 miles
On the 2007 Chevy Cobalt, the key gets stuck in the accessory position and cannot be removed. You must either jump the car or push the switch under the steering column to remove the key. With the key in the accessory position, the battery drains and renders the radio inactive. This adds to an additional safety concern because the seatbelt chime and blinker sound go through the radio and cannot be heard when the radio is inactive. Chevy stated that you must bring in the car to have the radio reprogrammed for $130 each time the battery goes dead.

- Friendswood, TX, USA

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problem #5

Sep 032014


  • 110,000 miles
Put my car in park, turned the ignition off, pressed the release button on the seat belt and it failed. I was stuck in my car for over five minutes before I decided I had to slide under the waist/lap restraint in order to avoid cutting the seat belt.

- Troy, AL, USA

problem #4

Jun 022014


  • 70,000 miles


Electrical short in the right front seat belt retractor in which disables the air bag system because of the fault. This diagnosis was verified by bergstrom Chevrolet in appleton, Wisconsin. After numerous contacts with GM and bergstrom Chevrolet, they decided not to cover the cost because of expired warranty.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #3

May 062011


  • 45,000 miles
Driving down the road and the airbag on the passengers side shuts off with a passenger in the seat. Service airbag light goes on. Shut the car off and restart then it will be fine for a while. I think it is sensor on the seatbelt retractor.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #2

Dec 022012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Front seatbelts are coming apart at the same location on both sides of vehicle rendering them unsafe.

- Hardy, VA, USA

problem #1

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

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