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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,852 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu lights problems

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #8

May 032013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 59,300 miles


Brake lights come on without pressing the pedal and when U press the pedal they go off for a second and come back on this has happened numerous times.

- Princeton, WV, USA

problem #7

May 172013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
Brake lights remain on while driving. Go off when braking. Have been stopped several times by folks passing by to tell me that the brake lights were on.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #6

Oct 012012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
I had a problem with the brake light function. When driving, the brake lights would be on. When pressing the brake, the lights would turn off. I had to pay to have a switch replaced by the dealership to fix this issue.

- Carpentersville, IL, USA

problem #5

Jun 212012


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While parked, the contact noticed that the turn signals and the hazard lights would not function. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostics. The mechanic replaced the hazard switch unit and the relay however, the failure continued after the repair. The vehicle was taken back to the mechanic where the turn signal unit and ignition were replaced but to no avail. The contact stated that there was a manufacturer's recall for the exterior lighting but her VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Trinity, AL, USA

problem #4

Jul 272011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 41,211 miles
Rear brake lights intermittently turn on. There doesn't appear to be a reason as to when or why it turns on. Dealership shrugs their shoulders as they 'fix' the car 'hoping that what they do fixes the problem'. driver doesn't know that rear brakes are on unless driving at night or attempting to use cruise control. I believe this is a safety issue.

- Logan, UT, USA

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problem #3

Jan 252011


  • 33,014 miles
Car will not start, door locks lock and unlock w/out prompts, light flash on and off, radio goes on and off, & interior lights dim. These symptoms occurred twice before... once in the fall and once about 7 days ago. Previously (summer 20101) the power windows would not function - dealer stated it was a pinched wire. I also noticed a few weeks back the instruments could not be read during the day w/out turning on the headlights.

- Labadie, MO, USA

problem #2

Oct 282009


  • miles
I noticed lately on GM vehicles, that the back up lamps are coming on although nobody is in the vehicle. Recently I was trying to back out of a parking spot. It was dark and could not see, that nobody was in the vehicle. After a couple of minutes I realized, that the driver of the vehicle was just walking up to the vehicle. While the whole time I could have backed out safely. I was very irritated about this and think this will cause people to start ignoring the back up lights on vehicles. Down the road this will lead to accidents and injuries in parking lots.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #1

Oct 192008


  • miles
Although there has not been an accident yet, due to the design of the cars headlights, and tail lights, (and the removal of the side repeater lamp for turn signal indication on the 2009 model year Malibu), there is no visible turn indicator for other drivers to see indication of a signal from the car unless other drivers are directly in front of, or behind the car. For example, if a driver is sitting at a 4 way stop, or likewise, because the turn signal does not wrap around the front or back of the car, drivers to the left, and right of the car, cannot see the turn signal, which poses a safety hazard. On the 2008 Malibu, there was a side marker repeater lamp on the front quarter panel, and it was removed from the 2009 my. I feel that this is a large safety concern, and they should be put back onto the cars, or a redesign of the headlamp assy.

- Clark, PA, USA

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