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Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,188 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Impala seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 202006


  • 118,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. In October of 2006, while stopped due to construction, the contact's vehicle was rear ended by another vehicle traveling approximately 55-60 mph. The front passenger seat belt failed to restrain the other passenger. She injured her head and had to be hospitalized. She sustained memory loss and had to undergo therapy. In addition, the front air bags failed to deploy. On December 8, 2008 on icy road conditions, the vehicle slid into another vehicle. The seat belts failed to restrain and the air bags failed to deploy. The passenger was injured. The front passenger side fenders of both vehicles were damaged. The seat belt failure caused head injuries once again. The dealer stated that the air bag deployment depended upon the type of crash and how fast the vehicle was traveling. The dealer also stated that the seat belts may or may not lock up in a crash to protect the safety of the driver. The contact stated that the body shop that repaired the vehicle stated that the seat belts should have locked in both crashes. A police report was filed. The failure mileage was 118,000.

- Houston Lake, MO, USA

problem #6

Mar 032005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
(1) I was driving on 2 lane undivided state highway on a clear day with the cruise control and fell asleep while driving. My wife and I were the only occupants. I woke on the side of the highway going about 65 mph. I started braking (ABS brakes) I think we slowed to about 50 mph before hitting the blunt end of a guard rail. The car impacted about 6 inches right(drivers side) of center on the front. Seat belts were in use. The car had spun 170 degrees clockwise and come to a complete stop and then I looked at my wife for an instant when her airbag went off closely followed by my air bag. (2) the failure of the airbags resulted in seat belt related strains and soft tissue injuries for my wife. I received a bruise on the chest. (3) so far nothing has been done. The insurance company sold the car to a used auto parts yard. I was able to track it down and I bought the computer module that was under the passenger side seat. I witnessed the removal. I was unsuccessful at contacting Chevrolet.

- Ardmore, OK, USA

problem #5

May 122003

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,313 miles
2001 Chevrolet Impala involved in frontal collision with other vehicle. 11,000 plus damage to entire front end. Vehicle total loss, air bags did not deploy, GM expert says collision was not severe enough.

- Morristownj, NJ, USA

problem #4

Dec 272002

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles


2001 chev Impala pol;ice int. 9C1 officer swerved at intersection to avoid vehicle. Struck utility pole front bumper to the right of center. Over $3000 damage. Air bag did not deploy. 20-30mph

- Pekin, IL, USA

problem #3

May 192002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision of 40-45 mph and neither air bag deployed. One person was injured in the accident.

- Newark, TX, USA

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problem #2

Mar 012001

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Frontal air bags deployed without warning while coming to a stop at 5 mph. Dealer has been contacted.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #1

Jul 312000


  • miles
The computer that is in my car is new for this model, and this year. No other car has it in there. What is happening is that while driving down the road, the computer gets overloaded with information, and pukes with a B0100 error. The dealership tried the other 2001. It had the same problem. They tried three other 2001's that the southern dealership owned. They had the same problem. There are other dealerships also having this same problem with the 2001 Chevrolet Impala airbags.

- Appelton, WI, USA

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