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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,800 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 #5

Jul 212003

(reported on)


  • 90,000 miles


The driver/passenger side seat belt buckle snapped in half while in use.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #4

Apr 252003


  • miles
Letter from phyllis gifford (fl) owner of a 1997 Chevrolet Malibu who wasa involved in an accident and seat belt was broken. Contacted GMC to repair/replace broken seat belt. Reply to orlando fl. District ofc atten: Jon miller staff assistant..

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #3

Nov 152002

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
The seat belt buckle is inoperative. The dealer is aware of the problem.

- Grand Junction, CO, USA

problem #2

Apr 202001


  • miles
Both rear seat shoulder belts had to be replaced at a cost of us$202.49 due to the plastic covering on the latchplate cracking and falling off. This vehicle has never been in an accident and the belts were primarily used to secure child seats. I don't feel the belts are of quality to support child seats. I'm also afraid that people who have the same problem will not spend this kind of money to make their restraints safe again. The dealer told me we would have to purchase the belts due to there not being a recall on them. I also feel Chevrolet should absorb this cost.

- Blanchard, OK, USA

problem #1

Dec 011997

(reported on)


  • 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

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