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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 192006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I own a 2001 Chevy Malibu VIN 1G1ne52J516159xxx. I always drive with my seat belt on. I've noticed that frequently the seat belt completely locks up so tightly against my chest that I am unable to lean forward in my seat. This has caused me some near accidents since I was unable to easily turn around and look behind me as I am merging onto highways. At times, I was forced to unlatch the seat belt while driving because it becomes so tight across my chest and shoulder. This happens during acceleration, deceleration, normal driving, at any time, so I never know when this is going to lock up. Please advise if there is any similar complaint/concern from another owner. I am going to put today's date in the incident date since this occurs without warning and has occurred numerous times already. I am not really at all pleased with this car's performance. My last car was a Chevy lumina and it was an excellent car. I am so sorry I traded it in against this piece of crap I have now. The Malibu is horrendous in rain/and snow as it skids at the slightest hint of moisture.

- East Windsor, NJ, USA

problem #1

Sep 032003

(reported on)


  • 100 miles
The turning signals failed to function when windshield wipers were used. Dealership replaced multi functioning switch. Also, passenger's side seat belt catches, but wouldn't release.

- Shapleigh, ME, USA

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