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Average Mileage:
36,354 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Equinox seat belts / air bags problems

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2007 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #10

Jun 152013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


I purchased this unit in 2010. This is related to the front passenger seat. The signal of the airbag appears off even if there is a passenger seated. This started to happen in 2013. I took it for a diagnostic at a dealer and they said it was a faulty sensor. Very expensive repair. There is a recall for this situation but when I gave my VIN # it appears my vehicle is not included (NHTSA campaign #07V344000).

- Guaynabo, PR, USA

problem #9

Mar 012011

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
When a passenger is in the seat the air bag is off a lot of the time just like GM recall #07174 NHTSA id # 07V344000. Back when it started dealer said it would be hard to find the problem now they say there is no current recall on this car.

- Bedford, PA, USA

problem #8

Mar 112009

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag sensor failed to register when the passenger seat was occupied. As a result, the air bag would not activate once the seat was occupied. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who was unable to duplicate the problem. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 07V344000 (air bags:frontal:sensor/control module) however the VIN was ineligible for the recall repairs. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 25,000. Updated 10/11/12

- Destin, FL, USA

problem #7

Jul 202011


  • 80,000 miles


I have not had an accident, so the above date, mileage and speed are estimates. While traveling down the highway, the service airbag light came on. The passenger airbag light also went off. It later came back on. My wife was sitting in the passenger seat at the time. Any time we go somewhere, this happens numerous times. I feel this is a defect in the sensor under the seat cushion in the passenger seat. I have noticed that the NHTSA has a recall on 437 units for this problem and your campaign # is 07V34400. According to the man named rob I spoke with at GM, my vehicle was not included in that recall. I feel this is a very serious problem and don't feel like my wife or either one of my children would be protected in the event of an accident where the airbag needs to deploy. It may not due to this defective sensor. I would like to know if you can offer any assistance in getting this taken care of without me having to pay for it. I am on disability income and trying to support a family of four leaves no money for such things. I feel like GM should have to cover this, since it's a defect on their part, and not mine. Is there any way you could add my vehicle to the recall now that I've made you aware of it and given you the VIN #? we're planning a 1,500 mile round trip on the 23rd of June to travel to our church convention and would like to have this problem rectified before making the trip, if at all possible. Thanks for your time and attention.

- New Johnsonville, TN, USA

problem #6

Jul 212010


  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the passenger air bag off warning light would illuminate whether the passenger seat was occupied or not. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 33,000 and the current mileage was 34,000.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

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problem #5

Oct 092009


  • 48,200 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox. Her vehicle was repaired according to recall# 07V344000 (air bags, frontal sensor/control module). After the repair she experienced all of the symptoms outlined in the description of the recall after the vehicle was repaired. The vehicle has not been inspected by the dealer. The failure and current mileages were 48200.

- Whitesboro, NY, USA

problem #4

Nov 222008

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 22,039 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that when a passenger is seated in the front passenger seat, the air bag indicator illuminates repeatedly. She stated that there has to be a weight limit in order for the indicator to dim. The dealer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 07V344000 (air bags:frontal:sensor/control module). The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 22,039 and current mileage was 22,070. Updated 3/12/09 the traction control activated on dry pavement. It made steering the vehicle next to impossible. The headlights had to be replaced. The all wheel light illuminated. Updated 03/16/09.

- Cook, MN, USA

problem #3

Jan 192008

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
Too many times to count the passenger air bag sensors have not detected various passengers in this 07 Equinox. Brought it to dealership 2 times including once when sensors were replaced, have complained via phone numerous times & told they couldn't fix it. Called GM hotline 02/13/08 & opened a new complaint case based on this & 2 other "unfixable" problems. They requested 1 more chance & truck was brought in 02/25/08. 02/26/08 GM rep called & told me the dealership looked at it & involved GM engineers & that there was no fix & he needed to call the field mgr to authorize a resolution since truck could not be returned due to safety liabilities. 02/29/08 still no return call to GM from field manager. GM states to stay in rental vehicle since truck is a safety liability & should not be driven. 03/05/08 GM rep states that, although he does not agree, the field mgr stated that when a passenger is present they need to watch for the "air bag off" light to be illuminated & the passenger needs to wiggle around and move until it goes out. She mandated that we return the rental car immediately as GM would not pay for it & we needed to retrieve our truck since it was working as designed. Unbelieving that this would actually be GM's stance especially when they have a voluntary recall out on this exact issue in this vehicle (GM recall 07174) I asked him to confirm that he was telling me to pick up the truck they had been telling me was unsafe for passengers knowing that there would be a need for passengers in the vehicle, he said that wasn't his decision & there was nothing more he could do. I have numerous pictures of the "air bag off" light illuminated with someone clearly in the passenger seat, dated notes documenting all contact with GM on this issue & full records of the previous repair attempts since last year. It's my belief that not only is GM recall 07174 more widespread than they are admitting but I also don't believe they can definitively fix it.

- Newburgh, IN, USA

problem #2

Nov 152007

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox. The airbag off light would illuminate with an average sized adult seated in the front passenger seat. The dealer stated that the sensors were working correctly. There is a recall for the air bags: Frontal: Sensor/control module (NHTSA campaign id # 07V344000) however, the dealer stated that his VIN was not included. The contact felt that his vehicle should be included as part of the recall. The failure mileage was 6,000 and current mileage was 7,100. Updated02-14-08 updated 02/14/08

- Brookfield, WI, USA

problem #1

Jun 152007

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,300 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox. The air bag off indicator light fails to illuminate when a passenger is seated. The dealer stated that the vehicle does not operate due to bone structure. The current mileage is 6,500 and failure mileage was 6,300. The consumer stated after 2 attempts to have the vehicle repaired she is concerned this is a major malfunction and life threatening defect and wants to reimbursed for the vehicle purchase to repurchase a different vehicle. The dealer stated traction control light comes on and the cupholder in console is broken. Updated 09/05/07

- Crowley , TX, USA

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