Print this page Notes: The 2006 Equinox is plagued by a heating problem, as in the heater only blows cold air.

The reported cause of this problem is a small door, known as the air temperature blend door, which allows air to flow past the heater core. This door has a plastic connecting shaft to an electric motor and the shaft is prone to breaking after a few years. The problem has a typical repair cost of over $800.

The 2006 Equinox also has a number of reported problems ranging from the key getting stuck in the ignition, to failing speed sensors, and trouble starting the engine. All in all, this car sounds like one worth avoiding.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 1
Average Mileage:
59,572 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Chevrolet Equinox seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 312017


  • miles


Air bag is stuck to the horn which disabled the ability to honk

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #7

Dec 302016


  • 137,250 miles
My granddaughter was involved in an accident where as another vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign and pulled into her path. She and the other vehicle were both at a speed of 25 mph. The front clip was torn from her car and no drivers airbag deployed. She did have her seatbelt on which did prevent serious injury. The accident occurred 30 Dec 2016. This happened on city streets.

- Bloomingburg, OH, USA

problem #6

Nov 222014


  • 145,000 miles
I purchased a car from drivetime, in the year of 2012, a 2006 Chevy Equinox [AWD]. on November 22, 2014, I was in my car and entering a blinf curve, when another car came head to head towards my SUV. I turned to the right to keep from going head on with the car. There was a 6 foot drop ditch on my passenger side. I swirled to keep from going into the ditch and hit a telegram pole instead. I do not remember much, because I blink out for at least ten minutes, my nephew said. In the course of this hit and run accident, my airbags did not deploy. I was rushed to the hospital by ambulance. After I was released from the hospital, I called my mechanic to check my car to see if the damages can be fixed without using my insurance. To my shocked, he expressed that my airbag was never connected in my truck. I contacted drivetime dealership, they said it ws expressed in my contract that they did not warrant the airbag neither did they guarantee that the work. I entered a panic phase, and the nightmares never stop. I almost died because they sold me a truck with disconnected airbags. I am afraid to drive my car, because next time I might not be so lucky. The car is in the shop, and they are harassing me to pay the car not, and when will I get the car out of the shop. I asked them will they fix the airbag, they said no, and if I do not pay the car note that they would reposses my car, and it would effect my credit. I am afraid of this car. II am disabled and I travel with a service dog [german sheppard]. she was hurt for a few days, after the incidence.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #5

May 222014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 73,499 miles


This vehicle was involved in a rollover accident and the air bags didn't come out and the seat belt on driver side had no give. This accident resulted in a death and two serious emergencies to the front passenger and the rear passenger located behind the passenger...updated 09-25-14

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #4

May 012014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 74,825 miles
My airbag did not deploy when the car hit the tree. It hit so hard the back tires came completely off the ground.

- Negaunee, MI, USA

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problem #3

Apr 062011


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while the passenger was seated in the front seat, the front passenger's side air bag warning light illuminated. The contact indicated that the failure was intermittent. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure but no solution was offered. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 20,000.

- Werrton, WV, USA

problem #2

Nov 142013


  • miles
Hit a one ton low bed dump truck, the whole front end of my SUV was demolished, my airbags didn't deploy and I ended up with really bad whiplash from the accident, to where I'm still in major pain! wondering if there was a lawsuit against this? never dealt with a wreck this bad, I was just curious!

- Vanceburg, KY, USA

problem #1

Sep 102008


  • 26,000 miles
The vehicle was involved in a frontal crash. The driver nor the passenger airbag deployed. The whole front end of the vehicle was pushed in.

- Auora, IL, USA

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