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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,769 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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1996 Chevrolet Lumina seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1996 Chevrolet Lumina Owner Comments

problem #16

Apr 092007

Lumina 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I was driving on a highway and came up to a intersection where I had the right of way. The other person had a stop sign. This person thought that I had a stop sign also so she proceeded into the intersection and I smashed into her making her truck fly across the highway and flipping over. My airbag did not deploy and because of that I feel that I was injured more than if my airbag would have deployed. My car was totaled.

- Madison, SD, USA

problem #15

Aug 302004

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles
While driving 5 mph vehicle drove over a pipe in the road. As a result, dual airbags deployed inadvertently. Passenger's side shattered the window, sending glass into the vehicle. Driver sustained minor burns to the arm and neck.

- Petroleum, WV, USA

problem #14

Jul 152003

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles
On 7/20/03 the battery was getting weak so I bought a new battery compatible with the car. On the first start with the new battery the car behaved normally. However, when I started it the second time and was backing up a slight slope of a driveway, the car died. I put the car back in park and restarted the car. Without touching the gas pedal with my foot, the gas pedal dropped to the floorboard and the car raced forward with the gear shift still in park. The brakes would not work. I steered the car trying to locate the emergency brakes but they were too far away for me to reach and still maintain the racing car. I thought turning off the engine would stop the car since the brakes has failed but even turning off the engine, it raced even faster and the next thing I knew I had crashed into a tree totalling out the car. I cracked my head into the windshield breaking my nose. Luckily, the visor was down and protected my face. I also sustained bruising and back injuries along with the concussion. Also, the air bag did not activate. Thankfully, as I am short and if it had, then I would have been decapitated or killed from it. My insurance only gave blue book value to the car as it was unrepairable and had to be totalled. I am wanting to seek legal action against the manufacturer. Is there any class action lawsuits regarding this problem on the Lumina's? I feel it was computer problem that shut down the car made it behave like it was possess. No lights came on inside the car to indicate there was a computer problem or any other problem. There is only one way to put in a battery so it could not have been the battery. Debra K. oliver

- Mayflower, AR, USA

problem #13

Mar 172004

(reported on)

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer requesting for air bag on-off switch.

- Show Low, AZ, USA

problem #12

Feb 032003

Lumina 6-cyl

  • miles
Air bag deployed without warning. While driving the drivers side air bag deployed inadvertently. The next day when the vehicle was being started the passenger side air bag deployed inadvertently and broke the windshield.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

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problem #11

Feb 032003

Lumina 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving the drivers frontal air bag deployed, although there was no accident, and injured the driver. The next day the consumer started the vehicle and the passengers frontal air bag deployed and broke the windshield.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #10

Jan 112003

Lumina 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,300 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving on the highway, the driver side air bag violently deployed and about 7 to 10 minutes later the passenger side air bag violently deployed and shattered the windshield.

- Grand Blanc, MI, USA

problem #9

Feb 012002

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Airbag light appears on the dashboard and will not go off, dealership is aware of problem. Consumer adds that while vehicle was stored at dealership, vehicle was broken into. Consumer took vehicle to another dealer and is expecting original dealer to pay for airbag repairs.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #8

Feb 022001

Lumina

  • miles
Air bag module wiring trapped behind module preventing horn to work properly. Wiring not in clip on back of air bag to prevent this.

- Athens, IL, USA

problem #7

Jun 072000

Lumina

  • miles
The air bag light came on and we took it in to the dealer to be looked at and hopefully corrected. We received a $104 charge to tell us that the air bag would cost $710 to fix. No accident or fast stop ever occurred, but now we are concerned that the air bag could go off at anytime while driving or if we needed it to, it wouldn't deploy. The other proplem is with the fuel injectors that we had to have replaced at 41,000 miles (about 1 1/2 yrs. Ago) and one is bad again as well as an sis, PCM, and a sensing module. We are questioning the quality of this product if these repairs are required at this point. We paid close to $800 to have the first injectors replaced and are now faced with a bill of $527 for one injector, sis, PCM, and a sensing module. The warranty had recently gone off when the injectors had gone bad the first time.

- Three Rivers, MI, USA

problem #6

Feb 012000

Lumina

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle was taken into repair shop for some other work, but mentioned to dealer that airbag sensor light has stayed on since vehicle was purchased. Dealer will only do repair's at consumers expense.

- Charlestown, IN, USA

problem #5

Mar 061998

(reported on)

Lumina

  • miles
Violent deployment of passenger airbag caused breakage of windshield.

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #4

Oct 031997

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag light comes on.

- Minocqua, WI, USA

problem #3

Feb 251997

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
False deployment of air bag broke passenger side windshield, instrument panel and injured 5 people.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #2

Mar 201997

(reported on)

Lumina

  • miles
Design of vehicle with air bag is not conducive for drivers 5.0 feet tall.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 071996

(reported on)

Lumina

  • miles
Expresses a desire that a solution should be found to making the passenger's side air bags safe for small women and children.

- Columbia, SC, USA

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