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Crashes / Fires:
6 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,632 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox seat belts / air bags problems

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #34

Nov 252016


  • 137,000 miles


Airbags did not deploy when involved in car accident on 11/25/2016

- Clinton Twp, MI, USA

problem #33

Jun 302015


  • miles
My drivers seat was changed twice in six month, still doesn't work the passenger air bag light comes if noting is in the seat. The oil comsumption is ungodly and now I have anoil leak on the passenger side of my engine and I need to add 2 quarts of oil daily. Ecoboost went out within a year of my ownership. Car has been in the shop several times for oil leak and it is stii persistent.

- Laplace, LA, USA

problem #32

Oct 102016


  • miles
Drivers seatbelt pretesioner connector shorted. Airbag fault light was illuminated. Repair cost was &161.60. I feel this safety related item should be covered under warranty. GM and the dealer say service bulletin 14710 only applies to certain 2010 equinoxes and that mine isn't included based on the serial number.

- Portland, MI, USA

problem #31

Jun 142016


  • 103,070 miles


The contact owned a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving approximately 65 mph in the left lane of three lane traffic, a semi-truck merged from the middle lane to the left lane and crashed into the rear of the contact's vehicle. The contact's vehicle spun around and the air bags did not deploy. The contact was knocked unconscious and received extensive medical treatment. The contact sustained injuries to the wrists, back, and neck and had a ct scan for lower back pains. The manufacturer was not notified of the crash. The insurance company towed the vehicle to a yard. A police report was filed. The contact was unable to determine why the air bags had not deployed and the vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure mileage was 103,070.

- Madisonville, TX, USA

problem #30

Mar 212016


  • 120,000 miles
The service airbag light comes on randomly. This seems to be a common problem with the 2010 Equinox, why is there no recall on this since it disables the airbag system" since this is a serious safety concern why has the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration not done anything about it"

- Crestline, CA, USA

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problem #29

Dec 272015


  • 130,000 miles
On December 27, 2015, we were driving on the freeway 465 in indianapolis; we were on the left lane, approx. 65 miles per hour when we heard a huge explosion. My husband was driving and was able to control de car and drive to the right where we were able to stop the car. The smell of burning was pretty intense, we were nervous and shook up for what had happened so my husband steps outside to view the vehicle and the vehicle doesn't have a scratch nothing showing that we hit something, he looked at the road and everything was clear. We call our insurance for a towing truck and they told us to call 911 for a faster service. When I call 911 they told me the police was not able to get involved because it was not an accident. After 1 hour waiting for towing truck, my husband decides to turn the car back on, and it did. Nothing was wrong with the engine, tiers, nothing. We pull the side airbags up and hold them with the car windows and drove to the dealership. GM is telling us they can't find why de air bags deployed, but they told allstate that we must off hit something close to the front driver wheel, and we have already research all the issues, and it's telling us that the airbags can't be deployed for that reason. We were very lucky with some bruises in our arms and neck, but we would like to know if this has to do with any recalls or system malfunctioning.

- Fishers, IN, USA

problem #28

Dec 082015


  • 57,000 miles


The contact owned a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving 35 mph, the contact attempted to avoid hitting a deer and struck the guardrail. The air bags failed to deploy. The emergency onstar system responded and called the police and ambulance. The vehicle was towed to a collison center where the vehicle was diagnosed as destroyed. The contact sustained injuries to the head, neck, back, and hands. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 57,000.

- Vestal, NY, USA

problem #27

Aug 172015


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving 50 mph, the contact swerved to the side to avoid a head on collision. The contact stated that the four air bags deployed without warning. The driver and the infant sustained minor bruises and both required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 67,000. The VIN was not available.

- Willisville, IL, USA

problem #26

Jul 082015


  • 104,000 miles
I was driving in traffic when the car in front of me stopped abruptly in front of me. I read ended him going about 40 miles per hour. My air bags did not inflate. I exited the car and began speaking with the other driver when we heard a pop in my car. Smoke starting coming out of the engine compartment and then almost immediately my car engine caught on fire. The car was not running. I injured my knee and shoulder in the incident.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #25

Sep 242012

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 4,547 miles
I have had many problems with this vehicle regarding electrical, audio, airbag lights coming on and now engine oil. The engine oil was just detected at 80,000 miles however I have complained that my car does not run right since the beginning. They claim that the engine is burning off the oil however I am very good at getting my oil changes around 3000 miles and where is the oil going" its not in my garage or on the engine? I have had my car completely go blank on the dash no indicator lights etc. I have filled a complaint with Chevy to no avail. I am very disappointed that now my engine needs to be replaced or maybe just he pistons? at 80,000 miles" this has been going on since I owned it from Sept 2009! I think Chevy needs to step up and make things right! disappointed. Just for the record I bought this car in California.

- Maple Grove, MN, USA

problem #24

Feb 282013


  • 49,000 miles


I having problem with the air bag light on the dashboard, on and off by time.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #23

Sep 302014


  • 48,050 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the service air bag light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the driver and passenger side air bags high resistance connectors were faulty. As a result, the air bag harness cushing terminal kit needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 48,050.

- Geneva , IA, USA

problem #22

Dec 092014


  • 100,300 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving approximately 50 mph, the contact crashed the vehicle into a deer and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact mentioned that a burning talc odor emitted into the vehicle. The contact was able to drive the vehicle home and discovered that the driver side and both rear seat belts no longer worked. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,300. The VIN was not available.

- Sneads, FL, USA

problem #21

Jan 022013

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
Been having off and on problems with driver side air bag coming on and off. It will appear for maybe a week then go off totally for months. I took it in to the dealer where I bought and they ran a test and said it would be over $400 to fix. Not sure what to do as this is just once in awhile service airbag! has there been any other problems with this make and model.? not sure what to do. Hate spending all this money if it is just a fluke. Thank you for your help on this matter.

- Whitefish, MT, USA

problem #20

Jan 122012

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 12,138 miles
The service airbag light came on so I took the vehicle to the closest Chevy dealership and they replaced the airbag connectors under both front seats. This was a new vehicle at the time so the connectors should have been new. After 2 and a half years later the service airbag light comes on again. I took it back to the dealership and they applied a dielectric gel to the connections. As I waited for my vehicle, I went online and noticed this has been a safety issue for this vehicle and should have been addressed with this car company as a recall. I was thinking about purchasing a Chevy Impala but I might have to rethink this decision.

- Holly Ridge, NC, USA

problem #19

Aug 272014


  • 53,000 miles
Service airbag light and warning keeps coming on, called dealer, can't get an apt. Until the 8th, told is ok to drive, I don't think that's ok and dealer didn't seem to care much......

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #18

Jun 192013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 42,180 miles
The airbag alarm keeps coming on and off intermittently saying airbag needs to be serviced. It is never consistent and I wonder if it is a false alarm. I feel the dealer charges just for hooking up to the computer for a problem that seems to be common is unreasonable!

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #17

Apr 012014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the air bag warning light remained illuminated. The contact was able to reset the air bag light by moving a wire located under the drivers seat however, the failure was not corrected. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 30,000. The current mileage was 35,000. Updated 9/4/14 the consumer stated the vehicle has been repaired. GM paid half of the recall. The consumer will receive what he paid. Both units under the driver and passenger seat were replaced. The consumer had to 1/3 of cost of tires. Updated 09/15/2014

- Saint Louis , MO, USA

problem #16

May 122014

Equinox 4-cyl

  • miles
My wife and I purchase this vehicle in around mid-January of 2014. Two weeks after leaving the dealership with the vehicle the service airbag light come on. We took it into the dealership to have it fixed. After a day or so we received the vehicle back and the alert was gone. Two weeks after taking it in to get fixed, the alert pops up again. To make a long story short on 12 May 2014 the service airbag light has popped up for the fourth time in four months. Is there some sort of recall on this vehicle or this part? I have not been able to find anything and all we can do is take the vehicle in to get fixed. Luckily the last time that we took it in the service department and the alert came up while it was in their possession. Regardless, the safety of my family is in danger due to the safety bags not being engaged when the alert pops up.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #15

Feb 052014

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Our service airbags light came on. We were told by our local Chevrolet dealer that this could disable airbags. Unfortunately there was a 2 week backorder for new switch. We could not use the vehicle for 2 weeks, rented another vehicle and then spent $750 to repair the switch. Of note, this is the same part that has been recalled with the near identical sister vehicle, the Chevrolet traverse. I suspect the same problem and GM may need to consider recalls for the Equinox as well. They are near identical vehicles, dashes, controls, etc.

- Fairfield, CT, USA

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