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Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,939 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 Equinox seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #9

May 282011

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


I was blindside struck at the rear right side of my vehicle by a person driving a car went through a red light at appox. 45mph. My vehicle spun, airbags deployed, flipped and slid 150 feet, and the front airbags did not deploy.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #8

Oct 222009


  • 93,000 miles
It was raining, traffic ahead was coming to a stop as I was braking to a complete stop my 2005 Equinox Chevrolet was rear end by a Ford mustang, pushing me into the Honda Pilot in front of me. My airbag did not inflate nor deplore, but my vehicle sustained severe damage to the front & the Pilot I was pushed into sustained back damage as well. My vehicle was deemed total loss by the liable insurance company unitrin.

- League City, TX, USA

problem #7

Apr 142009


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving 40 mph, another driver pulled out in front of the contact's vehicle. As a result, the contact crashed into the other vehicle. The front driver's side air bag failed to deploy and the contact sustained minor neck injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was inspected by her insurance Agency and they stated that it was destroyed. The adjuster was unable to determine why the air bags did not deploy. The contact called the manufacturer and was informed that she would receive a call back regarding the crash. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Burlington , NJ, USA

problem #6

Mar 302009

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving 70 mph, the contact attempted to avoid a crash and the brakes failed. She crashed into a cement overpass and the air bags failed to deploy. Prior to the incident, the contact never experienced any brake system failure. She feels that the ABS failed and caused the brake system to fail. The driver sustained bruised ribs and lacerations to the forehead. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the insurance lot for further inspection, but the insurance adjuster was unable to determine the cause of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 47,000. Updated 05/05/09 updated 05/06/09.

- Clarksville , TN, USA

problem #5

Jun 102008


  • 32,000 miles
A crash that destroyed the drivers front fender and forced the car into a tree with a force to dent the fender and destroying the passenger rear door. The air bag did not deploy. After the accident a spring that controls the airbag had to be replaced. We do not have the old part.

- Vonore, TN, USA

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problem #4

Feb 132008


  • 31,000 miles
Problems with car began immediately (transmission, air conditioner, odometer, window motor, car shifting abruptly, and skidding on any wet service.) finally went into 20 ft skid, wheels locked, no response to steering. Car hit pole. Airbags did not deploy, seat belts did not lock. Car totaled.

- Ridgewood, NJ, USA

problem #3

Dec 152007

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles


I had a head on collision with a concrete wall in my 2005 Chevrolet Equinox on December 15, 2007. I was traveling about 55-60 mph when the head on collision occurred. My airbags did not deploy. However the talc power and the smell came out. I had an investigation done on the airbags. I was told by a GM investigation rep that the vehicle has to slow down 10-15 mph for the airbags to deploy. The investigation showed that the vehicle slowed down $11.85 mph which falls within the range for the airbags to deploy. I need a second opinion because GM stated that despite what the report says, they are not at fault for the airbags.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #2

Mar 192008

(reported on)


  • miles
2005 Chevy Equinox air bags did not deploy. Consumer states that he was involved in a frontal crash and air bags failed to deploy. He states that the crash speed was about 35 mph.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #1

Dec 082004

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,450 miles
While driving 30 mph and attempting to stop brakes failed. As a result, vehicle crashed into four other vehicles. Upon impact, est dual air bag did not deploy to it's full capacity. No injuries were reported.........there were no skid marks only after the Equinox made contact with other vehicles. The transmission dropped to the street after impact, though the vehicle was not struck from behind. The right wheel on passenger's side came off. Also, the sheriff on the scene acknowledged that there was no brake pedal after there was access to the vehicle.

- Metairie, LA, USA

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