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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,051 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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2012 Chevrolet Malibu body / paint problems

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 192015


  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at approximately 40 mph, another vehicle crashed into the front of the contact's vehicle. As a result, the air bags failed and the seat belts did not restrain the front driver and the front passenger. The contact and passenger sustained minor injuries, which required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

- Hillsbouro, MO, USA

problem #4

Jun 152015


  • 28,080 miles
The vehicle was being driven at the speed limit when the tire popped. The impact was as much as a front end collision; the windshield cracked along with the passenger side of the bumper and the wheel was bent. A mechanic said that because the seat belts locked the impact was great enough where the airbags should have gone off, but they did not.

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #3

Apr 032015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
Driving on the [xxx]. a large piece of debris from a suspected truck flew and damaged my vehicle. The truck did not stop so I'm not sure if it actually came from it. The insurance company denied the claim because the debris would be considered collision not comprehension (I am covered for comprehension). Now I am stuck with fees that I am not even liable for.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

Aug 052014


  • miles
My car was involved in an accident where my friend applied the brakes and was forced into hydroplaning into a barrier, another vehicle and a person. My airbags did not deploy as the sensor was not hit nor did the onstar become alerted that the vehicle had been in an accident. After fighting with insurance companies, my car was totaled then declared not totaled, and repaired. I received the notice of a recall much later after the car was in the accident.

- Lake Stevens, WA, USA

problem #1

Sep 082012


  • 7,176 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the windows and the dashboard became frozen on the inside of the vehicle. The dealer stated the contact allowed excessive water moisture to get into the vehicle which caused the windows and dashboard to freeze. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 7,176. The current mileage was 25,000.

- Merrill, WI, USA

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