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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,222 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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1997 Chevrolet Malibu seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1997 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #18

Jun 092006

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

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

: the contact stated the frontal airbag deployed while pulling the vehicle into the driveway at 5mph. There was no impact or warning prior to the deployment. The vehicle has not been inspected and manufacturer has not been alerted.

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #17

Jul 192005

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
On 07/19/2005 the contact's vehicle was hit from behind which caused it to nose dive into a ditch. Upon impact the air bags did not deploy. There were no lights illuminated on the dash prior to the accident. The contact did not know how fast the other vehicle was traveling at the time of impact. The impact of the crash bent the vehicle's doors and busted he windshield.

- Gary, WV, USA

problem #16

Feb 112004

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
While driving 20 consumer crashed head on into a pole. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy.

- Clayton, NM, USA

problem #15

Jun 182003

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

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

While driving at 35 mph, the consumer hit a pot hole and then she lost control of the vehicle. The front end of the vehicle impacted a ditch and then the vehicle bounced onto a field. None of the front air bags deployed upon impact. Consumer fractured her back.

- London, KY, USA

problem #14

Oct 072002

Malibu

  • miles
While traveling on a side road without prior warning. The vehicle driverside airbags went off without physical contact. The dealership is aware of the problem.

- Chicargo, IL, USA

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problem #13

Jun 162002

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 55 mph and without warning, vehicle was involved in a front end collision. Upon impact, air bags did not to deploy and driver sustained major body injuries. Also, vehicle was totaled.

- Smithland, KY, USA

problem #12

Jul 122002

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles

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

While driving 55 mph and without warning was involved in a front end collision, upon impact, air bags did not deploy. Driver sustainede major body injuries. Also, vehicle was totaled.

- Midland, KY, USA

problem #11

Nov 052000

Malibu

  • miles
During a head-on collision air bags did not deploy. Consumer sustained some whiplash that hurt real badly.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #10

Jan 042000

Malibu

  • miles
Was driving approximately 10mph, attempted to turn off the road into a gas station. Upon approaching the entrance to gas station, both air bags deployed without warning.

- Snow Hill, MD, USA

problem #9

Jan 042000

Malibu

  • miles
Was driving approximately 10mph, attempted to turn off the road into a gas station. Upon approaching the entrance to gas station, both air bags deployed without warning.

- Snow Hill, MD, USA

problem #8

Aug 021999

Malibu

  • miles

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

While driving at 15 mph and for no reason driver's side and the passenger's side air bags deployed.

- Cloverdale, CA, USA

problem #7

Aug 021999

Malibu

  • miles
While driving at 15 mph and for no reason driver's side and the passenger's side air bags deployed.

- Cloverdale, CA, USA

problem #6

Aug 021999

Malibu

  • miles
While driving at 15 mph and for no reason driver's side and the passenger's side air bags deployed.

- Cloverdale, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 181998

Malibu

  • miles
Inadvertent driver and passenger air bag deployment.

- Summervill, SC, USA

problem #4

Dec 011997

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in an accident while driving at 45-50 mph both driver's and passenger's side seatbelts unbuckled when vehicle rolled over. Also their was no deployment of driver's or passeger's side airbags. Cause unknown.

- Scott, MO, USA

problem #3

Dec 011997

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in an accident while driving at 45-50 mph both driver's and passenger's side seatbelts unbuckled when vehicle rolled over. Also their was no deployment of driver's or passeger's side airbags. Cause unknown.

- Scott, MO, USA

problem #2

Nov 061997

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
While driving forward at 5mph the vehicle stopped and airbag deployed. Dealer said the inner tie rod had broken.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #1

Oct 311997

Malibu

  • miles
Consumer bought the vehicle two weeks ago. And he received a recall notice that was issued in July.

- Lake Alfred, FL, USA

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