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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 3 of 3)

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problem #11

Apr 232012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles


I own a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu lt, purchased new from a dealership in sylvania Ohio in September of 2007. Some time in 2012, the service air bag light began coming on intermittently, but was not consistently a problem. Later, the light indicating if a passenger was present would either not turn on when a passenger was present, or remain on after a passenger had exited the vehicle; this, too, was an inconsistent problem. Upon vehicle inspection by the dealership, I was told that the passenger presence senor was "malfunctioning", which indicates that the air bag system is not working properly. When asked what might cause this issue, I was told that "it just happens sometimes", which suggests to me there may be a manufacturing defect with the part.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #10

Oct 102010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
I had got in a crash in 2010 since then my electrical system and air bag indicator lights are always going on and off. Now my airbag lights stay on saying there not on. I also do not have a working fuel pump sensor.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #9

Mar 142012


  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that as the vehicle was started, the air bag warning light illuminated. In addition, a loud and abnormal noise was heard from the engine as the air bag warning light illuminated. The dealer was notified of the failure who advised having a diagnostic test performed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 111,000.

- Baton Rouge , LA, USA

problem #8

Mar 272011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 153,000 miles


My vehicle was traveling at speed of 35-40mph. At that time I was struck from rear by another vehicle. Crash crushed the trunk of my vehicle up to back window. Seat belt did fine. Just no air bag deployment.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #7

Feb 012011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
The following codes are active; P0463 fuel level sensor a circuit high input, B0561 ABS $43 sys disabled and C0561 sys disabled issues. The fuel gauge was fluctuating, but has now stopped working. The service engine soon light came on and will not reset to off. The service seat belt warning message came on. The problems were intermittent prior to 50,000 miles, but now, just after 50,000 miles nothing resets. I have found that this is a common problem and the repairs are very expensive, yet nothing has been done to convince GM to recall and make repairs. We own a 2006 Malibu with 35,000 miles on it. Now, I'm worried that it is going to have the same problem as our 2007 Malibu. And, who wants to face those repair bills!

- Watervliet, NY, USA

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problem #6

Nov 172010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
The air bags have quit working. The problem seams to be the same as the earlier recall of the Cadillac in which the problem started with the passengers side front air bag light going off and back on.

- Chilhowie, VA, USA

problem #5

Nov 282008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles


Have had problems with the fuel sensor, thought it was fuel level sensor but apparently from all others reports these are several problems with the fuel system. This causes the check engine light to come on and will not allow the remote start to work. Also have problems with sensor in passenger seat. Just works randomly. Very concerned this will interfere with air bag deployment. All of these things were fixed while still under warranty but started doing it again after it expired and too costly to fix on my own.

- Irvine , KY, USA

problem #4

Jun 012011


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the air bag warning light would illuminate on an intermittent basis. The remained illuminated and would no longer recognize when the seat was occupied. The dealer inspected the vehicle and they advised the contact that the front passenger air bag module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. In addition, when attempting turns and driving at low speeds, the contact noticed that there was a loud clunking noise. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer and they advised her that the intermediate steering shaft would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 52,000.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #3

Apr 042010


  • 50,000 miles
My 4 year old son was in the vehicle with me helping to clean out the car when he was able to put the car into drive without any keys or anything. Luckily, I was in the car and was able to get the car back into park but only after it hit a fence and damaged the vehicle because of this issue. I am able to put the vehicle into drive while the car was not running and there were no keys in it. There have also been several instances where I was able to leave it in drive after turning the car off and taking the keys out. It will also allow you to put the vehicle into drive without pressing the brake first. There have been several computer related issues that have also began to happen such as the gas gauge not working properly. It says that I am on empty when in fact the tank is full. The air bag indicator switches back and forth from on to off so I never know if my air bag is actually on or off. All of these issues occur on a daily basis. No repairs have been made to the vehicle.

- Roland, AR, USA

problem #2

Oct 192009


  • 21,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that whenever the vehicle was driven near a wifi connection, the air bag warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the contact was informed that the failure did exist but could be repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 21,000. The current mileage was approximately 36,000.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 122007

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64 miles
I recently leased a 2007 Malibu. The passenger side airbag does not work when a cushion is placed on it to give my wife the height so she can see. Apparently the sensors are set to a heavy weight, so if there are small people such as children in the front passenger seat the airbag safety system will not activate if they sit on a cushion. I spoke to GM customer service people in detroit, and they said they had never heard of this. It seems to me that in designing a safety system, consideration should be given to smaller and lighter people, or have a fix available so the system works.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

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