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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,765 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.

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2011 Chevrolet Equinox body / paint problems

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2011 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 302016


  • miles


The bottom seam of all four doors have begun to rust. The back two doors appear to be worse than the front two. I, by chance, happened to notice the rust while cleaning out the back seat around mileage 38,000 but it looks to have started much earlier by the amount on the back two doors. GM needs to remedy this situation before the doors rust out. How does Canada get the recall but not the us, this makes no sense.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #5

Jan 292015

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
While changing lanes during an ice storm, the vehicle's back end let lose and the driver lost control and slide into the media at which time the vehicle was projected into the guardrail head on. Neither front airbags deployed nor did any of the airbags deploy.

- Winchester, VA, USA

problem #4

Sep 092012


  • 20,000 miles
I was driving North bound in lane 3 traffic was stopped at red light. I went to applied the brake to slow down and stop nothing happen as I was getting real close to a stopped car my foot remained on brake pedal again nothing I made a split decision to try to drive between cars in lane 2 and 3 instead of rear ending the stopped vehicle. I sideswiped 3 cars and only then did I come to a stop. My vehicle sustained alot of damage compare to the other cars. When this 2011 Chevy Equinox is fixed I will not keep it due to this problem with the braking system. I would fear that it would happen again. It is an unsafe car in my opinion.

- Upper Chichester, PA, USA

problem #3

Sep 142011


  • 10,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that when opening both rear passenger windows, the entire vehicle would shake excessively. The dealer advised the contact not to open the rear windows and that the vehicle was operating as designed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The current mileage was 13,000 and the approximate failure mileage was 10,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Millstadt, IL, USA

problem #2

Sep 072011


  • 1,500 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the power lift gate closed and impacted on her head, as a result she suffered a concussion and had to be hospitalized. The contact mentioned that she was unaware that the gate was closing since the warning chime only rings to warn of possible obstruction it does not chime when lift gate is in motion. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that it was the way the vehicle was designed and they were unable to alter it. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 1,500. Updated 11/16/2011

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

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problem #1

May 172011


  • 2,089 miles
My spouse was opening the drier's door and the trim at the bottom of the door (which is fiber glass material) cut her leg about six to eight inches above the left ankle. The trim sticks when the driver's door is opened. It took 16 stitches to close the wound. The trim needs to re-finished or tapered to prevent others from getting hurt. This is a really bad cut and she was in a lot of pain. Updated 06/08/11

- Roanoke, VA, USA

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