really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,284 miles

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2009 Chevrolet Cobalt seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2009 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #5

Jun 272012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles


The service air bag light comes on intermittently. It is nothing specific that does it. I could be going 10mph or 70mph on the highway and it just all of the sudden comes on. It is on anywhere from 5-30 seconds each time and then goes off and this happens multiple times per day. Unable to know what's wrong because if its not on when its brought in there is nothing they can do.

- Keewatin, MN, USA

problem #4

Aug 152012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 44,900 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for repair and was told there was nothing they could do until the light illuminated constantly. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 44,900. Updated 12/06/12

- Oakland, MI, USA

problem #3

Oct 022012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 92,064 miles
I noticed the past week my passenger air bag light was on and no one was sitting there and then this morning 10/02/12 I turn my car on and it says service airbag did some research and its a major safety hazard for my passenger cause it does not work and no protection I also notice that the 2006 Cobalts and 2007 Cobalts have had this problem I personally have a friend that has a 2006 Cobalt ls that has this problem mine is a 09 Cobalt lt iv already had to pay 500 to fix my fuel pump module which they just put a recall on it this past month and I cant get my money back so before I go out and spend 300 to fix my air bag I would like to see if I can get it fixed for free thank you

- Port Charlotte Fl, FL, USA

problem #2

May 302012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 62,500 miles
I was stopped at a traffic light with my foot on the brake waiting for the light to change to green. The passenger airbag curtains both deployed and blew out the headliner of the vehicle. It was about 80 degrees and dry. I went to the dealer who said the incident was an insurance claim. My insurance company denied the claim saying there was no accident. A GM investigator read the data box and the cdr file information shows there was no event recorded to recover. Something was preventing the data box from being read at the computer port under the dash, they had to remove the data box and plug their computer directly into it. Initially GM claimed I put the vehicle in a rollover situation. Now that has been proven wrong, they are saying something like moisture made the airbag deploy. My vehicle is unusable and sitting because of GM's failure to step up and do something about my case.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #1

Sep 082009


  • 2,500 miles
Air bags did not deploy in a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt crash that caused $7,200 in damage and on star did not call or report the crash. When I asked why, I was told "because the "brains" of onstar was "knocked out" in the crash, that shut down the air bag system and other safety measures." Fortunately, this crash did not cause any bodily harm to the person involved, but the whole front end of the car was pushed in, radiator was pushed back, with lots of other damage. The person in the car was fine, but if the engine would have been pushed in further in, it could have been in the lap or, even worse, the chest of the person driving. I do not have on star for it to be "disabled" in a crash because of where it is placed in the vehicle. This seriously needs to be examined and fixed before someone does really get hurt, if this had not happened already.

- Bourg, LA, USA

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