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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,167 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 202008


  • 58,000 miles


I purchased two 2005 Chevy Malibu - one lt and one ls. In February 2008 my daughter was driving the ls and rearended me into the car in front of me. I was at a dead stop and it propelled me 4 feet before I slammed into the car infront of me. She went up my bumper and into my trunk and no airbags in her Malibu or mine were deployed. In July 2008 she was driving the lt and rolled the car two times at 55 mph and none of the 6 airbags deployed that time either. The first accident caused $8,000 damage to her car and $ 10,000 to mine yet no airbags. The second accident the car was a total loss and no airbags.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #2

Mar 072006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,500 miles
Today my husband had an accident. Someone ran a red light and hit him so hard on the passenger side that our car ended up on the next block. Our car has curtain air bags and they failed to deploy. At present time I notified our insurance, who was surprised that the air bags did not deploy and I have requested that it be looked into. At this point we want to know if the air bags are even in the vehicle. I also called the dealer who sold us the car and I am still waiting for a response to the following question, how hard does a vehicle have to be hit for the side air bags to deploy? my husband sustained injuries on his knees and bruises on the chest. I am very concerned that these air bags did not deploy because had I or anyone else been in the car they would have had serious injury. Note our car does not have an on and off switch for the airbags.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 242005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles
Dt : the air bags on driver's and passenger's sides deployed during a rear end collision under 10 mph. The drivers seat belt did not lock. This happened on August 24, 2005. The case # was 055947.

- Tukwila , WA, USA

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