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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,357 miles

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2011 Chevrolet Impala accessories - interior problems

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2011 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #39

Aug 102011


  • 9,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Impala. The contact noticed that the rear middle seat headrest was impairing his driving view. The contact called the dealer and was informed that the head-rest could not be removed. The vehicle was not repaired. The current and the failure mileages were 9,000.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #38

Nov 302010

Impala 6-cyl

  • 92 miles
My first issue was with the center head restraint in the back which totally blocks vision using the rear view mirror. I asked the dealer to remove it and I was told they could not. Backing up is impossible except with the side mirrors and traffic immediately behind is blocked when driving. This is a serious safety hazard. There have been many complaints but GM refuses to issue a recall to adjust these headrests. Also, I live in the tn mountains and the cruise control completely disengages when going downhill. The dealership told me "this was normal and all new cars did this to save gas"! I'm not that much of an idiot! cruise control is set to maintain speed.... period! please.... can you help?

- Lafollette, TN, USA

problem #37

Mar 302012


  • miles
Rear seat headrests impair visibility through rear window. The center headrest is the worst offender as it blocks motorcycles and even smaller cars from your view. Over 50% of the view through the rear window is blocked. One must use extra caution when trying to navigate on the roads and it actually causes a dangerous situation when backing into or out of parking spaces. A person walking behind the car can easily be missed by the driver.

- Penns Grove, NJ, USA

problem #36

Mar 012012

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles


2011 Chevrolet Impala. Consumer states issues with rear seat head rests being too high. The consumer stated the rear seats has three large head rests, which makes it impossible to see out of the rear window.

- Brookville, PA, USA

problem #35

Mar 152012


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the height of the headrest was blocking the visibility of the roadway when the contact had to look through the rear window. The dealer was contacted and they stated that the design of the vehicle could not be altered. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 32,000.

- Kings Mountain , NC, USA

problem #34

Mar 072011

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
Headrests on the back seat blocks approximately 50% of rear vision.

- Prescott Valley, AZ, USA

problem #33

Dec 312010

Impala 6-cyl

  • 10 miles


Rear headrests are so large they block my view and I am afraid to drive the car. I called GM and they told me to call the dealership. The dealership said they cannot do anything to correct it but I could trade in for a 2012... I think this is crazy! I am not the only person to express concern about this hazard. How many complaints will it take to make the manufacturer replace the seat back with the 2012 version"??"

- Clinton Twp , MI, USA

problem #32

Jan 312012


  • 28,855 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Impala. The contact noticed that the rear seat middle head rest obstructed her view of the roadway when looking through the rear view mirror. The head rest could not be removed. The contact also noticed that the front passenger side air bag was not pushed flat down into the compartment. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 28,855.

- Salisbury, NC, USA

problem #31

Jan 302012

Impala 6-cyl

  • 8,303 miles
The rear headrests in the Impala are terrible. It is a safety concern/issue. They obstruct, obscure, or impair the driver's clear view. This is an accident waiting to happen. There should be a recall on this. This is a major flaw. Another thing is the side mirrors, why are they soooo tiny? side mirror are supposed to provide maximum visibilty. The driver of any motor vehicle should have a clear view of the roadway & objects surrounding the vehicle from any angle!!!! automakers, keep this in mind when designing a vehicle. Safety first!!!! do not sacrifice safety for style!!!!!!

- Homer City, PA, USA

problem #30

Aug 182011


  • 7 miles
The rear visibility both using the mirror and turning your head is compromised by the middle headrest located on the back seat. It should have been designed to be removed but is made into the rear seat. I believe it is an accident waiting to happen. The other two headrests also make it hard to see. I really believe it was an all around bad idea by GMC. I also get a film on my windshield like I've been smoking but nobody in my family smokes. I suggested to the dealership that it may be the heater core but they assured me it couldn't be the heater core. They told me to keep washing the windshield and it would eventually go away.

- Plains, KS, USA

problem #29

Jan 282011

Impala 6-cyl

  • 434 miles


My complaint with this vehicle is visibility caused by the rear headrests when using the rear view mirror. GM built the back seat with 3 large headrests "which cannot be removed" that blocks almost the entire rear window. When driving the car, the most I can see in the rear view mirror is the tops of the car(s) behind me, sometimes not that much. When backing up, you have to look around all three back headrests in order not to hit someone or something. These back seat headrests can be replaced by buying the 2012 Impala headrest components from GM which cost at least $400 just for the 3 parts needed. I feel like GM should be required to replace the back seat headrests due to the hazard posed by the headrests.

- Summertown, TN, USA

problem #28

Nov 272011

Impala 6-cyl

  • 7,500 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the rear seat headrests were sitting too high, obscuring her vision of the roadway when attempting to change lanes or reverse. The contact was unable to see anything behind the vehicle due to the obstruction. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised the contact that the head rests were designed in a specific manner and could not be redesigned. The manufacturer was contacted but they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 7,500. Updated 04/10/12 updated 04/11/12

- Iola, WI, USA

problem #27

Nov 012011


  • miles
The middle headrest on the rear seat is too high and significantly obstructs the view from the rear view mirror.

- Plymouth, MI, USA

problem #26

Jun 202011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the rear middle head rest prevented the driver from having a clear line of vision when driving in reverse. The contact stated that the manufacturer was contacted but denied any assistance. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 7,000.

- Mount Pelier, OH, USA

problem #25

Mar 012011


  • 0 miles
The headrest in the middle of the back seat makes it impossible to have a clear view out the rear window.

- Two Rivers, WI, USA

problem #24

Oct 012011

Impala 6-cyl

  • 19,000 miles
The 3 rear seat headrests make it all but impossible to safely back the car up plus they obscure the view of following vehicles. This is a significant problem as I just purchased the car, and took delivery before realizing how major this visibility issue is. The headrests cannot be removed or adjusted. There needs to be a recall as soon as possible. This is not an abstruse or difficult problem to recognize, nor is it one man's opinion. Any time there is 70%+ view obstruction it makes perfect sense to remedy the problem. GM should certainly recognize this most obvious mistake which never should have happened to begin with.

- Butler , MD, USA

problem #23

Sep 212011

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
This car is a accident waiting to happen, whoever thought of putting a stationary middle headrest on this cars backseat was either 7 feet tall, or has never backed out of a parking space in it! my 5'2" wife had a fit after driving it today. I bought it 9/14/11 without her. Anyhow, for GM to let this car on the road without a backup camera or being not able to remove that headrest is just irresponsible. Drive one and you will see exactly what I mean.

- Killdeer, ND, USA

problem #22

Jul 272011

Impala 6-cyl

  • 221 miles
Rear seat center headrest blocks view of traffic and pedestrians. Very unsafe and someone will be seriouly injured. GM engineers for seats and not doing their job.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #21

Jan 022011

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that he was unable to see out the rear view window when reversing or driving forward due to the middle headrest blocking the view of the window. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who confirmed there was a design flaw and to contact the manufacturer. They offered no further assistance. The manufacturer was notified who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 3,500. Updated 9/27/11 updated 10/07/11

- Arcade, NY, USA

problem #20

Jun 292011


  • 5 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while stopped, he noticed that his vision through the rear was obstructed by the very large size of the rear headrests. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, where the contact was informed that he could remove the headrests at his own discretion. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 5.

- Mediapolis, IA, USA

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