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Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,564 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Equinox seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #64

Aug 072015


  • 76,000 miles


Passenger air bag does not work when someone is in front passenger seat. Drivers window & lock stopped working(has been repaired). Service traction control & service stabilitrak lights are on. Egr valve code, torque converter code, evap system code, and ABS code. There is also a squeeking noise from the front driver side wheel. I take very good care of my car & has less than 77K miles. Also like others have complained I too get hurt on the back of my leg when getting out of the passenger seat.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #63

May 122014


  • 78,000 miles
The passenger seat airbag does not come on when anybody is sitting in the seat regardless of the weight. The car was taken to milton ruben Chevrolet in augusta, ga. For an estimate of repair. The estimate to replace the seat mat sensor was $980. My wife and I do not have that kind of money to spend to have it repaired. I have contacted Chevrolet about the problem. The 2007 Chevrolet Equinox had a recall for the same issue and my question was "why was the 2008 Equinox's not recalled for the same issue". Chevrolet stated that the government has not forced them to recall the 2008 Equinox's. I wish that I had gotten the man's name. I also filed a complaint with the better business bureau and the BBB was not able to help my wife and I. I also stated to the BBB that if someone gets hurt in a wreck due to the faulty passenger airbag, I would be looking to them for answers. The only help that milton ruben Chevrolet would give my wife and I was to give us a discount on a new Chevrolet. We cannot afford to buy a new car at this time.

- Grovetown, GA, USA

problem #62

Jan 272012


  • 125,291 miles
Where do I begin"!?!!?! after multiple failed attempts of the dealer trying to fix the tire pressure monitor system/stabilitrack lights are still on and still ding! tires are double checked regularly. Passenger air bag only comes on when it wants to, weather the person weighs 70lbs or 250lbs. The key sometimes gets stuck in the ignition won't turn or come out, I usually give up fighting it and forget about it for awhile then it magically works. None of the doors will lock or unlock with the fob or electric button inside, key fob only sets the alarm on/off, so I have to manually lock and unlock all the doors. Which is a a pain with three kids, not only that but makes me feel very unsafe traveling with the kids in the car. I am a single mom and bought this car believing it would be safe and reliable. I'm about ready to push it off a cliff. How many more complaints will you ignore, causing a fatal accident, before something is done about this?!"! I will not be investing in another GM vehicle that's for sure! should of stuck with foreign!

- Marysville, KS, USA

problem #61

Oct 222014


  • 73,000 miles


Passenger side airbag does not turn on when person is sitting in the seat. I've had people up to 250 pounds sitting on passenger side and it still won't turn on airbag. This is a very high risk of injury or fatality to passenger if air bag does not deploy if in an accident. So many others are saying same thing how is this not on a recall list yet or at least being investigated.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #60

Jan 092012


  • 48,000 miles
At first, the passenger airbag light would turn on and off intermittently and an airbag warning would come on my dash. Now, it is on all the time. This concerns me as I frequently have a passenger in my front seat and the airbag might not deploy correctly if I get in a crash. There are a ton of complaints on here and the same issue is happening on the 2007 model, which has been recalled. Why has this not been recalled yet on the 2008 model?!

- Dallas, TX, USA

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problem #59

Nov 132013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
I own a 2008 Chevy Equinox. I am having the same complaints. My service air bag come on and off intermittently. When its warm outside the passenger air bag seems to work fine. The passenger side door lock works intermittently as well. The funny thing is the door lock seems to work better in the winter months. Also, I have experienced my service stabilitrak and traction control light come on intermittently as well. It doesn't seem to affect the vehicle when I am driving. It will stay on for a couple of days then one day it will be gone. It will stay off from a few weeks to a few months. Then it will start the process all over again. I am very disappointed with Chevy. I purchased it because Chevy is supposed to be reliable regardless of the miles and now I am afraid to put my children in it and drive it out of town. All this started happening around the 100,00 mile mark I am now at 110,000.

- Monte Vista, CO, USA

problem #58

Feb 082012


  • 100,000 miles


Driving down the interstate and warning light came on that passenger airbag was not on which was odd since my 250 lb husband was in the seat. Never has worked right since. It says no one in seat and air bag not on when there is someone in seat or visa versa. I believe this is a huge safety issue more so now that my teenage daughter is driving this vehicle.

- Mt Sterling, KY, USA

problem #57

Sep 112014


  • 110,000 miles
Passenger airbag light comes on and off even when no one in seat the dash airbag light stays on and says service airbag. It start around Sept 14. I was in an accident in Jan 4 2015 airbag did not inflate I was hit in front head on by other vehicle spun around and slammed into front of my SUV I hit my brakes and slowed down before I was hit.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #56

Sep 262013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 135,742 miles
Passenger presence sensor goes on and off with a full size adult in the passenger seat. The service airbag light will come on and stay on. Apparently this was also an issue with the 2007 model that GM recalled, but failed to fix the problem when building future cars and never recalled newer models to fix the problem. Extreme safety hazard. Dealership wants to replace the majority of the system as they are unsure what is causing the fault even though you can wiggle in the seat and get the sensor to activate and as a result the system will work. Wiggle again and the system will shut off and the service air bags light will return. Anyone see a pattern in GM ignoring critical safety violations?

- Madisonville, TN, USA

problem #55

Oct 012014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Air bag sensor for front seat passenger turns the air bag on and off intermittently while vehicle is in motion, even with an adult passenger (over 100 lbs) in the front seat. This could cause the air bag not to deploy in the event of a crash.

- Colfax, NC, USA

problem #54

Jun 202013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 51,224 miles


Air bag on passenger seat would work and not work and has now completely stopped working. Door locks on front will not lock electronically. Have to manually lock the front doors at all times. Stabilizer track stays off. Use to come and no and now will not come back on.

- Chadbourn, NC, USA

problem #53

Oct 012014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles
The front seat passenger air bag sensor only worked intermittently--the sensor wasn't recognizing when a passenger was sitting in the seat so we were very concerned that the air bag wouldn't deploy if we were in an accident. As a result, we took it to two separate mechanics (including one GM dealership) and it ended up costing over $1000 to fix the problem. I contacted Chevy customer service on 11/10/14 to document the concern and to request financial assistance for the problem but nothing was available. This is a major safety concern that needs to be addressed by Chevy especially if it is happening on many vehicles.

- Elizabethtown, PA, USA

problem #52

Oct 012012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 27,056 miles
Air bag will not come on sometime while seating in driver seat we are having a major problem with this system.

- Miamisburg, OH, USA

problem #51

May 142014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle hydro-planed and crashed. The contact mentioned that none of the air bags deployed. A police report was filed and injuries were sustained. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was inspected and the technician stated that the air bags were not expected to deploy. The failure mileage was 91,000. Pam..updated 09/25/14 updated 10/23/2014 the consumer stated the key was stuck in the ignition. Updated 12/08/14. Updated 12/28/15. The consumer stated GM claimed to have investigated the crash and stated the air bag was not designed to deploy in the type of crash the consumer was involved in. Updated 01/05/16. Updated 06/02/16.

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #50

Aug 192014


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated while driving approximately 60 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated. The dealer diagnosed that the passenger's air bag seat sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- River Edge, NJ, USA

problem #49

Jan 102012


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. While the passenger seat was occupied, the air bag warning indicator illuminated, indicating that it was disabled. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing and it was confirmed that the passenger side seat sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 25,000.

- Stockton , CA, USA

problem #48

Mar 192014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Multiple problems with 2008 Equinox, purchased in July 2008.. key will get stuck in ignition and takes several tries to remove it. Check airbag light on intermittently and passenger airbag shuts off. Check stabilitrac light intermittently and shuts off when on interstate and/or when cruise control is set drivers side window is inoperable almost 100% of the time, but will work, sometimes, when the door is shutting or when you hit the door panel. Vehicle alarm will set but drivers side door never locks and front passenger door rarely lock, same for when car is put in drive. Will not lock by using the lock/unlock button located inside vehicle both back door locks get hung and must be manually unlocked.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #47

Jul 152014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Passenger side air bag indicator malfunction. When a passenger occupies the front seat, the air bag indicates it is "off", which raises a serious safety concern I will not allow my daughter or wife to occupy the seat unless the system registers a passenger. Either turning the car off and restarting or "bouncing" in the seat sometimes will indicate the air bag is on; a very frustrating and unsafe condition.

- Rincon, GA, USA

problem #46

May 152013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 100,767 miles
First incident, steering failure. Service stabilitrack warning appeared and steering went out making it almost impossible to steer. Took to dealership who stated steering module went out and replaced at my own cost. Very dangerous to loose steering control while driving. Entire steering and interior control module was also replaced a second time. Dealer stated it was normal for this to wear out and need replaced. Service stabilitrack warning still continues to come on occasionally. Took to dealership again and they said they could not find any issue. Hopefully the steering will not go out this time while I am going down a major highway at higher speeds. Have also continuously experienced issues with water in the vehicle. Can hear the water sloshing around. Water in the headlights making it difficult to see at night. Door locks only work intermittently. Car was involved in an accident, front end collision and air bags did not deploy. Serious safety risk.

- Peabody, MA, USA

problem #45

Jul 122014


  • miles
Air bag does not stay on! driving over 20 mph air bag did not turn on and seat belt warning light remained off. A person weighing about 200 lbs was in the front passenger seat and air bag was off while car was on, in drive, and moving. This is a big safety hazard. If accident did occur and air bag did not deploy could be fatal. Needs to fixed!

- Chicago, IL, USA

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