Print this page Notes: Top complaints for the 2006 Chevy Impala include how the transmission slips, clunks and fails. Or how the power steering knocks and squeals. In other words, this car is a noisy bucket of eventual failure points.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
17 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 1
Average Mileage:
73,157 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Impala seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

May 192011


  • 30,000 miles


Air bag service light came on dashboard of 2006 Chevrolet Impala. In addition to the red warning light indicating the air bag problem, message appears in message center on dashboard, saying to service air bag. My complaint is that the dealership says it might be close to $1000 to fix, yet airbags are supposed to last the life of a car. Yet, it will pass inspection if I chose to not get it looked at. I see hundreds of other cases where GM cars have the service air bag light on, and it should be covered by warranty or a recall to get this issue fixed. People are jeopardizing their safety, driving around with an air bag that may or may not work. It is not acceptable.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #6

Jan 112011

Impala 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact state that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 09E005000 (steering) and that the air bag warning light illuminated the day after the repairs. In addition, the contact stated that she continued to have issues with the steering. The contact spoke with the dealer and was told she would have to pay for a diagnostic to determine the exact failure. The contact believed that the manufacturer should be responsible for the repair costs and also stated that the steering continued to become tight and resistant when attempting a turn. The failure mileage was 74,000 and the current mileage was 80,000. Updated 06/01/11 the consumer stated the rack and pinion and power steering hose needed to replaced. The consumer stated GM offered to pay for the parts to replace the air bag, but not the labor. Updated evoq 07/12/11 updated 1/17/2012

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #5

Jun 072010


  • 97,000 miles
2006 Chevy Impala involved in accident 6/7/10. Airbags did not deploy. Point of collision was passenger front at an impact of 30 mph.

- Laramie, WY, USA

problem #4

Sep 162006


  • 100 miles


I was at a stop light and a SUV came from the other side spun passed me and then her rear hit me head on- causing 12,000 worth of damage--my concern is the air bags in my 3wk old 2006 Chevy Impala did not deploy I was told that the sensors were just missed and I should be happy cause I could of been injured more than what had happened. Also my onstar was not activated-- I called them.

- Philaa, PA, USA

problem #3

Feb 242010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The dealer confirmed that the vehicle had no air bags. There are no failures at this time. The current mileage was not available.

- Canonsburg, PA, USA

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problem #2

Aug 292008

(reported on)


  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Impala air bags did not deploy. Consumer states that in a government crash test the air bags deployed at 35 mph but in his vehicle they did not deploy at 52 mph.

- Georgetown, SC, USA

problem #1

Dec 202006

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,124 miles
The ignition switch will not allow me to take the key out. It is still in the on position. The windows will not go up. The engine light is on.the service airbag light is on.the service tiremonitor system light is on and I just took it to the shop last week for the fourth time for these same problems.we've only had the car 5 months and this cointinues to be a problem.

- Pine Grove, LA, USA

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