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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,000 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 302008

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu sedan. While driving 30 mph, she crashed into a dirt mound and blacked out. When the driver side air bag deployed, the steering wheel was detached. There was smoke and some flames present around the steering wheel. The driver was able to regain consciousness, smelled smoke and stopped the vehicle by shifting the gear into park. The seat belt also broke, threw the contact into the rear seat and the vehicle flipped over into a field and was destroyed. The driver sustained a concussion, whiplash and the passenger had minor injuries. The passenger air bag deployed normally. Pictures and a police report and pictures are available. The fire department attempted to determine the cause of fire and was unsuccessful. The failure and current mileages were approximately 100,000. Rk updated 5/5/08

- Gretna , VA, USA

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