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Crashes / Fires:
17 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
23 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,985 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu seat belts / air bags problems

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #92

Nov 202016


  • miles


Air bag need service

- Elkton, KY, USA

problem #91

Oct 292016


  • 65,000 miles
For the last 5 months mac ghana located in ghana at 105 spintex road accra ghana tel: +233 (0) 302813919, has failed to properly fix the recall NHTSA recall number: 14V252 recall date: May 14, 2014 (manufacturer recall number: N130036). Also received letter in the mail stating the airbag needs to be replaced and the dealer has not replaced it.

- Lanham, MD, USA

problem #90

Oct 272016


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While the vehicle was stationary, the air bag indicator illuminated without warning and "service air bag" appeared on the instrument panel. In addition, the electronic stability control indicator remained illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was approximately 130,000.

- Gray, GA, USA

problem #89

Aug 192016


  • 34,000 miles


My "service air bags" light kept coming on and then remaining on continually. I found a letter written by the director of customer & relationship services at Chevy back in 2010 that addressed this problem and stated that "to enhance side impact protection, your GM dealers will update the wiring harness for both front seat side impact airbags. This service will be performed for you at no charge." I contacted the dealer at messer Chevy in lubbock, tx, and also customer service at Chevy. I opened up case #8-2314213550 on 8/19/16, and I was told to get a diagnostics done at the dealer, which I did. I then found out the case had been arbitrarily closed the same day it was opened! now Chevrolet states that the case was reopened on 9/7/16. I just want the problem fixed free of charge since the previous owner should have taken care of this when Chevy was offering the "soft recall" repair at no charge. Chevy called it a customer satisfaction program at the time to avoid an airbag recall media hype. I assume this isn't related to any takata airbag problem, but it is a potential safety hazard! I am getting the runaround from both Chevrolet and the dealer, and I just the problem resolved. The dealer turned off the warning light, but no repairs have been done to date!

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #88

Aug 012016


  • 115,000 miles
My service airbag light recently came on. It started only coming on when a passenger would get in or out of the car. Now the light is on and sends me a notification that states "service airbag" across the display on the dashboard just under the speedometer. The light comes on as soon as I start my car and remains on. My vehicle has never been involved in an accident and the airbags have never deployed. Why is the service airbag notification coming on?

- Saint Joseph, MO, USA

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problem #87

Jul 052016


  • 99,200 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 25 mph, the brake lights illuminated without the brake pedal being depressed. In addition, the service air bag error message was displayed across the message board. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 99,200.

- San Angelo, TX, USA

problem #86

Aug 012016


  • 76,000 miles


The service airbag light appears and stays on when I start the car. The light never disappears.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #85

Apr 072015


  • 68,000 miles
1 year ago my car flashed ESC service traction control reduce engine power and reduced my spend to 40mph on a busy interstate! called GM stated what happen and I knew they had a recall but of course my cars VIN was not included in the recall. Brought the car to a local GM dealer ship to put on machine to see if any codes would show up nothing came up!!! I was told the message would have to be showing to service vehicle. Well here we are a year later with the car in the shop because my car reduces engine power without warning stalls and my ESC service traction reduce engine power came on message board but did not stay after I turned key of course because it shut the car off after 2-5 minutes. I have video of it reading ESC traction service but that does not help! car now needs a new timing chain and has metal in the oil! mind you of I wouldve been able to service the ESC traction control could this all have been avoided? my car was in the shop maybe 6 months ago and was put on the machine to get codes minor codes came up and not the ESC traction control reduce engine power. Called GM today and was told my milage played part in this but I doubt that only because at 68000 it flashed ESC and shut off on me without warning so now they will contact the shop. They need to recall these vehicles it is a hazard to be on the road! we can not afford a new vehicle car this car was brand new but has been problem after problem ! headlights go out all the time airbag light stays on even after being fixed 3 times trunk does not open defroster thats a joke I could go on and

- St Martinville, LA, USA

problem #84

Jul 152013


  • 67,000 miles
Takata recall-my air bag light has been on since shortly after I purchased the vehicle in Aug. 2011. I am terrified if I am in an accident they won't deploy and myself or a passenger may be seriously injured. My son and I were coming back home from denver and my car started acting strange like it was going to die and it sure did while we were almost out of eisenhower tunnel on the West end, we were almost rear ended by an 18 wheeler! thank god he made it around us safely and no accident occurred. I am sure I reported this already shortly after it happened and never received a response in any shape or form. I was able to get the car started after about ten minutes and drove home without any further problems, was shaking like a leaf all the son too. I have also had problems with the car shimmering when I apply the brake at 55-60 mph and it isn't just a little its sever and doesn't stop until I get back under that speed, I am afraid of loosing control. I do want to say I am very disappointed in the car, I bought it because I believed it would be a great vehicle to own and I was proud to drive it....the Chevrolet emblem meant something to me. I doubt I would ever buy another one, I would be afraid to! it is so sad that the quality of products and the pride in the manufacturing of them has taken a back seat to profit.....the recalls in this country are ridiculous! can't recall specifc date as to tunnel incident, its been a few years back, the other two problems have been happening since I purchased the vehicle in 2011

- Leadville, CO, USA

problem #83

Jul 132016


  • 87,000 miles
Check air bags warning light keeps coming on. Does not always come on but the majority of the time it does come on. We have been hitting the "information" button and turning it off. Happens when vehicle is in motion.

- Gillett, PA, USA

problem #82

Jul 222016


  • miles


I have repeatedly filed complaints with GM that my service air bag light stays on / my breaklight located in back window works opposite of what it is supposed to. I am notifing you in writing that GM has not done anything to help me. I guess if my air bag expolodes while im driving and I kill some folks in an accident I just want you to be aware

- Sheridan, AR, USA

problem #81

Jul 162014


  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 35 mph, the "passenger air bag off" error message displayed across the message board while the front passenger seat was being occupied. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 7,000.

- Elkin, NC, USA

problem #80

Jun 302016


  • 143,000 miles
The air bag light won't go off. Where I brought the car they came it was a senor and they thought they fixed it but the light is back on it comes on when I'm driving

- Waynesboro, MS, USA

problem #79

Jun 232016


  • miles
First repair, airbag service required. The dealership claimed it was a loose wire. 2nd repair, ESC maintenance required, traction service required, engine power reduced, vehicle will not leave neutral. If gas is applied vehicle jumps and shakes. 3rd is same as 2nd and 4th visit is same as previous except when I received ownership of the vehicle it could not make it out of the parking lot. After mentioning the lemon law the dealership is now trying to blame this technically 5th visit on an ignition coil even though ESC maintenance message was displayed with traction control, engine pwr reduced, the vehocle was still shakig, and now the check engine light is on when it wasn't before.

- Hammonton, NJ, USA

problem #78

Jun 012010


  • miles
I bought my Malibu new in 2010, shortly atter the service ESC and traction lighrts kept comming on, I took to shop but thsy acted like I was nuts, later I got a recall and took to shop, said was fixed bu two days later same situtation, this has been an ongoing issue for 5 years mot only those but seatbelt come on and service airbags comes on constantly, I wrote to Chevy and all they did was sene me back to Chevy where they charged me and guess what, the problem is occuring, I emailed Chevy again months ago and have still no reply.

- Glassport, PA, USA

problem #77

May 122016


  • miles
The contact owned a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 60 mph, the power steering seized and the vehicle crashed into a jersey barrier. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The air bags did not deploy and there were no injuries. A police report was filed. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. The failure mileage was unknown.....updated 07/05/16

- Johnston, RI, USA

problem #76

Jan 212015


  • miles
Since we bought the car on more than one ocassion the sunroof has leaked, the air bag light comes on when you move the passenger seat, and the third brake light in the window does not work.

- Marshall, TX, USA

problem #75

May 052016


  • miles
Air bag service system indicator light comes on and goes off. It says service air bag system. But it continues to do this off and on frequently.

- Sardis, MS, USA

problem #74

May 032016


  • 55,000 miles
Airbag lights are on will not go off.also says service airbags.

- Eros, LA, USA

problem #73

Apr 012016


  • 76,000 miles
2010 Chevy Malibu LT2..apx 76,000 miles..**side air bag problems** I was pulling out of a parking lot going about maybe 10 mph and all of a sudden I hear a big like "gunshot" sound it was smokey and like a powder residue in the car causing me to cough a little and it felt as I got in a accident or hit something. My side airbag deployed for no reason there is no damage to my driver side or anything.. I am traumatized and just have minor injuries such as back pain, for a minute my head was spinning and I had a headache..I was just so confused as to what had just happened. It happened so quick thank god I wasn't going fast because it could have been a lot worse. To make even matters worse my 5 year old son was in back glad he was safe. GM really need to look into this major safety issue and address it correctly. Now I'm out of a car basically until I hear back from them.

- Omaha, NE, USA

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