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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 4 of 5)

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problem #24

Jul 162013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 48,450 miles


Service air bag light is on and constant, preventing passenger air bag function. Retrieved codes are: B0081, B1370 and B0074. Needs passenger presence module part # 19207140 @ $533.33 plus labor and tax. I believe this part should not fail, especially when the passenger seat is used infrequently.

- Macomb, IL, USA

problem #23

May 252010

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
My 2008 Equinox headlights are full of water which make the visibility at night very bad. The door locks will only open the locks part of the way and you can't get in the car, and this seems to be affected more when the sun shines on the vehicle. It acts like the locks won't work in the heat. I also have the passenger air bag light coming on anytime someone sits in the passenger seat. I have been told by the dealership that the air bag will not deploy in an accident. This is such a comforting feeling, and I really don't understand why these issues are not recalled by the auto maker. Can anyone help us? there are thousands of these vehicles on the road that are not safe.........

- Abilene, TX, USA

problem #22

Mar 272013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 31,000 miles
Airbag warning light on dash lights up intermittently.... took to mechanic...states passenger presence module defective....multiple complaints noted on line for same issue...recall of 2007?? why not make them recall 2008, as seat belt on passenger side off when light on...could be serious injury to says $800 to replace....

- Goodyear, AZ, USA

problem #21

Jul 142009


  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that whenever the front passenger seat was occupied, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle taken to the dealer for inspection but the cause of failure was undetermined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage and VIN were unavailable.

- Weirton, WV, USA

problem #20

Jun 062012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I purchased my Chevrolet Equinox brand new in 2008 and currently we are having issues with the following: 1- drivers side window- will only roll down and/or up intermittently. Occasionally it will roll back up if the interior panel is hit several times. 2- door locks/alarm- the alarm will set but the doors will not lock with the key fob. When using the power locks inside the car, the drivers side door is the only door that will consistently lock. The back door locks will get stuck half way and won't lock or unlock except manually. 3- stabilitrac- the stabilitrac will disable randomly. It has happened while driving in dry conditions or wet conditions, on warm and cold days and also when the car is being started in the driveway. 4- airbags- the "service airbags" light will come on and go off for no reason. It will come on one day and be on for a week and then go off for a month or two and then come back on again. 5- drivers side headlight cover holds a lot of moisture 6- check tire pressure comes on quite a bit for no reason. All tire pressures are double checked and are at the perfect pressure recommended by GM.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

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problem #19

Dec 032012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 39,990 miles
The passenger seat airbag does not work when the person in the passenger seat is under 110 lbs. My grand son is only 10 years old and I'm afraid to let him sit in the passenger seat cause the airbag doesn't work when him or any light weight person sits in the seat.I have brought it to the Chevrolet dealer and they can't or won't spend the money to replace the seat sensor in the seat which they say is the problem.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #18

Dec 102012


  • 112,000 miles


Service airbag lights up in the dash and the passenger side airbag light goes off. I have taken it to the dealership and have gotten no satisfaction. I was told since it goes back off after a while I have to wait until it stays on to know exactly which sensor has went bad because it is an out of pocket expense.

- Thousandsticks , KY, USA

problem #17

Jun 012012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
My 2008 Chevy Equinox has had the airbag error light on the console intermittently on for several months. Now it is just on. Paid $124 to have it look at the dealership I purchased it from, currently has 55K miles on it so out of warranty. The said the sensor unit under the passenger seat needs to be replaced which mean replacing that whole seat cushion over $800, the part is over $500. With this airbag error light on the airbags will not activate on impact so this is a safety risk. Why would this not be part of a recall since I read the 2007S have the same problem. There has been no damage to that seat, this is faulty equipment.

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #16

Nov 162012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
Airbag sensor - service airbag is illuminated for no reason. Multiple owners have the same issues, yet warranty doesn't cover.

- White Plains, MD, USA

problem #15

Dec 232010

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
The passenger side airbag light began displaying intermittently turning the passenger airbag on and off while displaying a service airbag message on the instrument panel. After several months the passenger side airbag now remains off at all times still displaying the service airbag message. This is with a 200 pound man sitting in the passenger seat. Turning off and restarting the engine no longer clears the problem. My understanding is that the 2007 Equinox was recalled for the same reason so why aren't the 2008 models not being included in the recall? also, after someone mentioned that their Equinox had the same problem I started asking other owners. Apparently it is fairly common and I guess a source of income for GM. One woman told me the Chevy tech told her that air bag problems were common after 45,000 miles and was considered a routine repair. Dealer wants $500 plus to repair. As long as dealers are telling people this is a routine repair no one is going to report it as a problem. Also, the front right tire pressure indicator constantly reads 15 pounds when two separate manual air gauges show 37 psi. In addition, the electronic stability control message comes on periodically even when parked. Driving is difficult until it clears which is also after a restart.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #14

Sep 032011

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 83,075 miles


I took my 2008 Chevy Equinox to the dealer because the service airbag light was on. It was determined that the roof rail module needed replacement at a cost of $1,475. I had to rent a car for $175 and leave Equinox for repair when the GM tech told me the Equinox was dangerous to drive because the airbags would not deploy in an accident. Upon completion, the service airbag light was off and the passenger airbag light displayed on as my 115lb daughter was in the passenger seat. Half way home, passenger air bag light switched to off. Would the airbag have deployed in an accident now that the sensor wasn't detecting anyone in the passenger seat? most likely not. Sometimes the passenger light is on and then it goes off. Sometimes it never senses a passenger at all. I have contacted GM corporate office and they will not rectify the problem. They want to give a $2,000 loyalty certificate to purchase a new GM vehicle within a year. I can't afford to purchase a new vehicle. Per GM corporate, this $1,475 repair is routine maintenance. This contradicts the certified GM tech who told me this shouldn't be happening. He said it had nothing to do with the mileage or maintenance of the vehicle. A quality vehicle & the safety of their customers is of no concern to GM. I've had this issue for a year now since the passenger presence module was replaced in September 2011 at a cost of $545. Bob bell Chevy bel air can't replicate the problem so therefore deemed there is no problem. I can't have anyone sit in the passenger seat due to this defective airbag system. There are many complaints about the Equinox on this same issue. In fact, 2007 Equinox was recalled for similar airbag issues. I have requested a full refund from GM but they refuse. I am concerned for my safety and my children's safety. Replacing air bag modules & sensors is not routine maintenance that I should be forced to bear.

- Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #13

Aug 012011

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 35,852 miles
Does not recognize passenger, and airbag is "off". this has happened beginning first day vehicle was purchased, and intermittently since. Problem appears to be getting worse, as it usually does not recognize adult passenger of less than about 150 lbs. Most recent trip a few days ago with three adults of medium size had problems with none of occupants being recognized by sensor, even when properly seated and buckled. Literature states passengers of over about 100 lbs should be recognized. We have also found that it sometimes spontaneously shuts airbag "off" when traveling down the road, leading to concern that this essential safety feature may not work when needed in a crash. We have found it necessary to pull off the road, shut off engine and wait several minutes before restarting engine to activate passenger airbag. Sometimes multiple attempts are needed, and passenger has had to move to rear seat when activation failed. It always recognizes a larger adult passenger, but typical passenger is of medium size. This is a completely unacceptable situation from a safety standpoint. GM position is that it is not covered under standard warranty, and our research shows repair cost to be substantial. Research has turned up other customers having same issue with same vehicle. If a recall were to be called for, customers would not have to bear this high cost.

- Fulton, MO, USA

problem #12

Jun 012011


  • 50,000 miles
The passenger side airbag light began turning off and on intermittently turning the passenger airbag on and off while displaying a service airbag message on the instrument panel. After a few months the passenger side airbag just remains off at all times still displaying the service airbag message. This is with a 120 pound woman or a 170 pound man sitting in the seat. From what I understand the 2007 Equinox was recalled for the same reason why is this one not being recalled?

- Wentzville, MO, USA

problem #11

May 102012


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the passenger air bag sensor in the passenger seat did not identify that a passenger was sitting in the seat. This caused the passenger side air bag light to illuminate and the passenger side air bag would not to deploy in the event of a crash. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer for a diagnostic test. The dealer could not identify the issue. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminated intermittently. The failure mileage was 32,000.

- Fulton, MO, USA

problem #10

Feb 012012


  • 81,000 miles
Air bag light continues to state that it is off when passenger is sitting in passenger front seat. Passenger weighs 115 +lbs. Seems to be faulty sensor as sometimes it works correctly and the next it does not. Should be a recall on this as there are plenty of complaints reguarding this issue.

- Adams, NE, USA

problem #9

Aug 292011


  • 48,388 miles
Service airbag light would come on for days and go off for days and continued doing this for a month till we took it to the dealership. Problem was right front seat module shorted out and was replaced. Module kit 14.865 (part fp 19207140) total cost of repair was $416.75. At this time, there are no recalls for this problem on this model per GM. I do have a file number with GM and they will notify me should there be a recall.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #8

Aug 072011


  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving approximately 70 mph the traction control light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle began to spin out of control and it crashed into a wall. The air bags did not deploy. The passengers of the vehicle sustained bruises but were not severely injured. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the an auto body shop. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated the vehicle should be taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 34,000. Rvk

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #7

Jun 092011


  • miles
My 2008 Chevy Equinox has been messing up with the airbag sensor! I took it to get it checked and was charge $50 dollars and then they told me it was the module that had gone bad and it would cost me like $600 to fix that's just ridiculous. They should have a recall on this since ive read a lot of people having the same issue with the 08 Equinox.

- Gillsville, GA, USA

problem #6

Apr 102011


  • 34,400 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated the passenger side air bag light began to illuminate constantly. The air bag light indicated a faulty passenger side air bag. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and they were unable to detect an error code to determine why the air bag light illuminated. The contact stated the vehicle was unsafe to drive due to the air bag malfunction. The failure mileage was 34,400.

- Edgewater, MD, USA

problem #5

May 252011


  • miles
The "service air bag" light would come on and go off and had been doing it for quite some time. Carried it to the dealer and was told the passenger side grid and module would have to be replaced and would cost $486. I started checking and found the '07 model had a recall for the same problem. It appears the '08 still has the problem. Why is there not a recall on it?

- Elkhart, TX, USA

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