fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,800 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Cobalt electrical problems

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2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 012014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles


3 recalls on this vehicle. Faulty ignition switch & air bags which affects steering, brakes causing 21 deaths to date. I want released from this car loan as it is unsafe to drive. Lienholder says its not their problem, GM has no idea when parts to fix will ever be available. They say my car has too many miles to qualify for a buy back :(

- Montrose, CO, USA

problem #4

Sep 242014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. After parking the vehicle, the key became lodged in the ignition switch. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering) and NHTSA campaign number: 14E021000 (electrical system). The parts needed to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The failure mileage was 74,000. Updated 10/29/14 updated 8/11/2015

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #3

Jan 242013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
The steering wheel locked as I was getting off the highway. So scary!!!! went to local dealer for it to be fixed. This was before recall....have been waiting for at least a half year to get new ignition switch....was also told there will be a steering wheel recall.....have not been taken care of and feel that I'm driving in a death machine.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 162014

Cobalt 4-cyl Diesel

  • miles
I have received the recall notice in may that this vehicle model has been involved in numerous wrecks related to fatalities/injuries and I was directed to contact the dealership to have the defective ignition switch replaced. I contacted the dealership on 5/15/2014 and they told me they would order the parts and they would call me when the parts came in so they could fix it. As of today(7/16/2014) this problem has not been corrected. GM apparently has been aware of this problem since 2004 and neglected to notify the public or take corrective measures in the manufacturing process since 2004. I do not feel safe driving this vehicle and do not see the problem being corrected in a timely manner. I am requesting you evaluate if there is any way GM can be required to buy these vehicles from us so we can purchase another vehicle and not continue to put my life and many others in the same situation at risk on a daily basis.

- Annville, KY, USA

problem #1

Jun 042014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • miles
On 03jun14 I had the ignition switch replaced and the ignition lock cylinder and ignition key replaced due to the open recalls on the vehicle. Since that time on 2 separate occasions when I attempted to start the vehicle it "stuttered" this is the best word I can use to describe the issue. I did not have this problem prior to having the above mentioned replaced. When this occurs I have to turn the ignition key to the off position and attempt to start the vehicle again and it starts. The "stuttering" does not sound like a dead battery or alternator issue as I have heard those sounds before. I do not believe the replacement of the above parts have resolved any recall issue and believe that injury or death will result in continued driving of this vehicle. Thank you for your time.

- Warren, OH, USA

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