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Crashes / Fires:
11 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,970 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #31

Dec 062013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles


The "service air bag warning" comes on. A sensor, located under the front passenger seat, was replaced some months ago. We are having the same problem again. The problem is the same sensor. I have spoken to others with the same model car and some said they had to have the sensor replaced, as well.

- Skamokawa, WA, USA

problem #30

Nov 072013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
Service air bag warning goes on continually. Dealer says they will not repair as a safety problem but will charge me over $750 to repair. I feel this should be repaired by GM. Have been driving for over a year with this condition.

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #29

Oct 152014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving approximately 15 mph, the vehicle crashed into an embankment and the air bags deployed. The contact sustained injuries due to the air bags deploying. The contact required medical attention and a police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000. Updated 01/17/15

- Demorest, GA, USA

problem #28

Oct 172014


  • 37,378 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 37,378. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 12/17/14

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #27

Mar 062012


  • 37,467 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that when the vehicle was started, the front driver side air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 37,467.

- Newport News, VA, USA

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problem #26

Jun 122012


  • miles
A couple of issues with this car!!! first off, the latest recall done in 2014 with the brake lights not illuminating when pedal pressed but did when pedal wasn't depressed.after calling and going to multiple GM dealers, I had to research how to fix the problem and tell the GM dealer how! the issue is starting to act up again now. Starts off with the gear shift being nearly impossible to pull out of park and the cruise control acting, now a recall? second. The seering wheel has on 2 occasions jerked violently to one side then back and forth on it's own...while driving! almost as if the vehicle looses all power/dash lights come on it then jerks and makes a weird nose before it flips upside down and locks up! my 15 year old niece (who has had her permit 3 months) was driving one of the times! third - the airbag light randomly comes on / goes off when someone is sitting in the seat. I think I' should get all my $ back from the times I took my car in to find out "what the problem was" and had fixed (temporarily apparently) and now recalls are coming! honestly - there are enough things to worry about while driving (drunks, bad drivers, blow outs etc.) it's unsettling to have "known" issues with your vehicle but these companies will not fix!

- Urbana, MO, USA

problem #25

Jul 072014


  • 94,000 miles


While driving the check airbag light illuminated on the drivers side. For the next 2,000 miles, the light has repeatedly come on and off. Also, the passenger airbag light will come on and off when a person is seated in the chair. I have not had this issue checked out yet, but just from reading reviews online, this seems to be a common problem, with an expensive and not always finite solution. If this is a common problem, there should be a recall issued.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #24

May 272011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 40 mph, the contact rear ended another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained bruises, but did not receive medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing, but the cause of the air bag failure was unknown. The manufacturer stated that there were no open recalls for the failure. The VIN and failure mileage were unknown.

- Lebanon, PA, USA

problem #23

Jun 032014


  • 121,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving approximately 10 mph, the air bag light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the air bag sensor module was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 121,000 and the current mileage was 123,000.

- Crowley, TX, USA

problem #22

Jun 022014


  • miles
2003 Chevy S10, 2007 & 2004 Chevy Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to vehicles service airbag light comes on while driving.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #21

Apr 252014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the horn failed to function and the air bag light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the body control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage and VIN was not available.

- Richland Center, WI, USA

problem #20

May 292013


  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving approximately 5 mph, another vehicle crashed into the front driver's side of the contact's vehicle and pushed the vehicle to crash into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained neck, hip and leg injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a body shop. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

- Bell, CA, USA

problem #19

Jul 052013


  • 159,000 miles
Service air bag light had come on. Took into shop they told me it was a notorious on the 2007 Malibu and not to worry about it...... still makes me feel very nervous to the fact what if I am driving down the highway and it blows out at me causing me to have a head on accident!!!! now on April 3, 2014 I was driving to work and my drivers seat broke! it totally just broke while I was driving! I mean wth I am a 5'7 female that weighs 155 lbs! I am the only one who drives my car! there should be no reason my seat broke! I know have to have the service station in town look at it and see what if anything can be done!!! I have seen other complaints on here also from other Malibu owners where their seats just broke also!!!! this could be deadly!!!! I am not happy at all and don't believe I will ever purchase another Chevrolet vehicle again in my life!!!! I contacted GM about my seat yesterday and the guy put me on hold contacted the nearest GM shop to me got the service manager on a 3 way call and hung up!! I explained my problem to him and he said that would be my dime.... he could certainly look at it for me but to replace the seat would be very costly to me! how the heck am I suppose to drive when my seat sits like a rocking chair!!!!

- Broerville, MN, USA

problem #18

Feb 022014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 76,234 miles
Problem "service air bag" service air bag light can not be reset. Two different code readers used but cannot reset code. Presently researching other similar 07 Malibu reported air bag system problems, and there seems to be several. Also, may be related to front passenger seat belt and/or passenger present sensor. Looking for GM recall and/or tsb? will continue to research problem.

- Winter Park, FL, USA

problem #17

Jun 132013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 58,816 miles
On June 5, 2013 air bag light came on & I took vehicle in & they checked it. Said it was ok & not to put my purse on passenger seat as it was sensing their was a passenger & seat belt was not on. So I left & on June 15, 2013 was driving home & extremely hot air started coming out of vents. It was summer & heat was not on. The service airbag light came on again. I thought the air conditioner had gone out & was blowing out extremely hot air for some reason. Never felt such hot air in my life it was almost getting ready to burn something. My dashboard was even hot as fire. Got home & turned car off was scared it was getting ready to burn.turned it off & back on & the airbag light went off. Then tried air conditioner & it was working fine. On 6-18-2013 took back in to dealer & they assured me it would not catch fire!!! said the next time light came on, bring it in that they may have to pull dashboard. Talked to chev. Customer service office by chat on internet, talked to a [xxx] & have that transcript printed out. Didn't get anything resolved!! I only drive about once a week to go to grocery. So I am terrified to go out of town in the car. If you have any information I would appreciate it. I've been seeing on news a lot of chevs being recalled. I have no idea where to go from here, thank you information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Paducah, KY, USA

problem #16

Mar 192014


  • 109,000 miles
Air bag light comes on and off. Put gas in the car and the gauge goes to empty even though I have a full tank of gas. (replaced part in the gas tank a couple of years ago) engine light has stayed on. Need to replace 2 sensors in the engine. Loud noises when I go over rough roads. I am not sure. After the steering wheel linkage was replaced that is when the noise got louder.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #15

Jul 152010


  • 50,000 miles
During warm weather, when there is nobody in the passenger seat, the service air bag light will come on from time to time. This happens more during warmer weather. It does not happen at all in the winter. I looked into the problem and it appears that the issue is a faulty passenger presence detector (I think that's what they called it), the sensor that turns on the passenger airbag when there is a passenger. I am not clear on whether or not this means that the driver side airbag is disabled as well. The first GM dealer I took my car to was incompetent and extremely rude. They charged me literally $100 to do absolutely nothing. They could not provide a serious explanation as to why the airbag light was coming on. I called GM customer service, spoke to someone who sent me to another dealer and offered to have GM pay for it. The second GM dealer was extremely rude as well, to the point that they refused to let me have my car back until I paid the bill, even though GM had arranged the appointment and arranged the payment, and specifically told me I did not have to pay for it. This second GM dealership informed me that the passenger presence sensor needed replacement at a cost of $750. I have an after-market warranty from wynn's but they refused to pay for it. I have not had my car repaired. I would like GM to fix this problem with a recall, if possible, and also a refund from the clueless dealer. I would also like a clear answer on whether or not the driver side airbag is working while the service airbag light is on. Thank you.

- Cranberry Township, PA, USA

problem #14

Feb 202014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 47,450 miles
Several times when starting my car my seatbelt light stayed on and chimed. There was a display on my radio that read, service airbag. I checked my manual and read that the air bag doesn't need maintenance service and if the light stayed on, something with the electrical system may be the fault. It suggested that sensor's may be at fault in different area's of the car and to sit upright. I made sure when getting back in my car to sit as far back as possible in the seat. It didn't come on, but has reoccurred several times since the first time. With the recent recalls, I am wondering if this is also under that recall with the ignition and seatbelts.

- Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #13

Jul 302013


  • miles
The buckle for the passenger side seat belt stop working on my 2007 Chevy Malibu, airbag light on for no reason, I lock the car come back all doors are unlocked.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #12

Mar 152013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
I was driving along and heard a loud popping noise and I thought I may have ran over a plastic bottle. I was not driving fast I was on a main street heading towards the ramp to get onto the highway. I later heard clunking noise from the rear of the car. I thought at first maybe it was something in my trunk. Knowing I didn't have much in the trunk I looked and didn't find anything that could be making that noise. All week I heard this noise while driving to work. I brought my car to sears & the mechanic took me into their service area to show me that the spring was snapped and that is where the noise was coming from. It was snapped on the bottom half of the spring - rear passenger side. I asked the mechanic how typical was this problem and he told me only a month ago he fixed another Malibu with the same problem - but the other Malibu had less mileage approx 80,000. I was given an estimate - and it's free of charge to look vehicle over. I went to Chevy dealer they want to charge before they look @ the car and if you decide to go with their price they'll apply that amount to your bill. If they don't do the work - your out of that money. How can they do that" also the air bag light will occasionally come on and my fob's are not working - I was told the factory fob's might have to be reset" also an additional charge to look at. Thanks Chevy - but no thanks! charging your customers to look at a vehicle purchased brand new from your company - shame on you!!

- North Kingstown, RI, USA

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