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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,666 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2011 Chevrolet Malibu seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2011 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

May 062015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V269000 (seat belts) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Redding, PA, USA

problem #6

Nov 222014


  • 72,824 miles
My daughter and I was stopped at a stop light and a lady rear ended us and her seatbelt never caught and she hit the dashboard head on and Y seatbelt caught and released and I hit the steering wheel head on.

- Eden, NC, USA

problem #5

Jun 302015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V269000 (seat belts) and stated that the part needed was not available within a reasonable timeframe to schedule the recall repair. The dealer did not give a specific date for when the part would become available. The manufacturer was contacted and could not provide an estimated date for when the vehicle would receive the recall repair. The contact was not experiencing a failure.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #4

Dec 082014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while seated on the front driver's side, the seat belt detached independently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the steel cable failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 1/21/15 updated 01/26/15

- Baltimore , MD, USA

problem #3

Jan 092012


  • 22,000 miles
Light on dash console randomly comes on alerting that there is an issue with the air bag system and also reminding me that I need to put on my seat belt when my seat belt is already fastened properly. These issues have been present for almost the entire life of the vehicle but I have caught hell from the Chevy dealerships to have them corrected and am very dissatisfied and will never purchase another Chevy product as this seems to be a common problem.

- Havelock, NC, USA

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problem #2

May 082013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
I purchased my 2011 Malibu in April 2012. Initially, I was experiencing power surges upon breaking. I was slowing down to come to a complete stop and my car would surge forward before stopping. The dealership replaced a sensor. I'm still experiencing the surges occasionally. The next time I took it in because I was getting a lot of noise and vibration when driving on a rough a surface. The dealership replaced the steering column. It was fine for a year, now that problem is returning. During the winter 2013, my rear defrost stopped working. I took it in and was told that the rear fuse block was melted and it will cost $535 to have it replaced. And another $230 to have the driver's side seat belt replaced---- it doesn't connect securely without fiddling with it. I think there should be recalls issued on all of these problems because I have read blogs and others are having the same issues, and they are all related to the safety of the vehicle.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #1

Feb 232011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 10 miles
Both front driver's and passenger's seat belts on rental car are installed on vehicle backwards. Belt needs to be twisted to get it to work. Twisting it decreases surface area where it contacts the person's body (from the full 2" width of the strap to now a reduced width). This causes it to "dig in" to person where as if were installed correctly, the full 2 inch width of the seat belt would contact the person's body and not "dig in" to the body.

- Blairsville, PA, USA

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