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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,782 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 172016


  • 108,130 miles


Front end was wreck, daughter lip busted, no airbag explode

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #3

Jun 012010


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the driver side and passenger side rear seat belts had separated from the seats. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who indicated that the seat belts were improperly installed during manufacturing. The seat belts were replaced but the defect had recurred on the passenger side. Also, the contact indicated that later the rear middle seat belt had separated from the seat. In addition the contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defects. The failure mileage was 36,000.

- Bloomfield , IN, USA

problem #2

Jun 282013


  • 86,000 miles
I am having similar issues as others with wiring/electrical. Latest incident involved loss of ac/defrost/level controls. Prior to this loss, there was a very strong burning smell coming thru the vents when the control level was set to 1-4. there were no visible sparks or fire; however, the wiring under the glove department was extremely hot. Although there wasn't a fatality or visible fire other risks were involved. My family was in the car (adults & children) & we were 500 miles from home (returning from vacation). Being on the road, narrowed options on identifying the root cause. The air remained off & windows were down for the remainder commute in 90 degree rainy weather. There are other issues of concern. The engine light is now on"?" the same issue occurred in Nov 2012 with the heater. At this time, when the wires were examined it "magically" started working. In January 2012, the door chime became very faint, the seatbelt chimes when in use, & the front door speakers do not work. In 2009, the door locks began to malfunction. Sometimes they will lock sometimes they will not. I find it very disturbing that a recall has not been issued; it is very clear there is a safety hazard. I hope you take this issue seriously!

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #1

Feb 152010


  • 53,000 miles
My 2008 Chevy Malibu 1lt has several problems, let me explain. First the problem was a slight clicking, popping in the steering column when turning the wheel, then it starting doing it every time I slightly turn the wheel you can feel it through the steering column, nothing bad but its annoying, then suddenly within a couple months of that my power locks suddenly started going up and down by themselves periodically whether it's parked or being driven, locked me out two times, I was late for work because I had to call door unlocking service, also the manual locks on the door used to lock and unlock won't work at all, you have to manually use your hand, then to beat it all my seatbelt wont lock I tried to click it but it wont even go down hardly at all, this is only the seatbelt in the drivers side. This is a real bad safety issue and the law in ky (click it or ticket) so far that's all I can say is going on for now. I do know this for a fact I will never buy a Chevrolet.

- Richmond, KY, USA

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