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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,038 miles

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2014 Chevrolet Malibu seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2014 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 272016


  • 44,075 miles


Braking before potential collision, especially smooth braking, reveals that the driver's seat belt retractor has an inherently and substantially unsafe design. The driver's seat belt has delayed and inconsistent locking, often not locking in braking or locking late. Even when it does lock earlier, it allows too much travel, I.e. 1/3 distance to wheel. Under moderate braking, before enough deceleration occurs to lock the belt, the driver can travel very far forward and it's hard to hold oneself back. Even when ready for that, the force needed is a distraction from what's happening on the road and makes it more difficult to steer. Also, experts have said that being tense during a collision makes injuries worse or more likely. The complainant has tested this many times under straight braking on 25-45 mph roads with the seat as far back as is drivable and the wheel as far away as practical for a slightly below average size guy. Under moderate braking, the belt locked with my head 1 inch from the wheel. If a collision followed, my head would hit the steering wheel and the air bag would deploy at nearly point-blank range to head and chest. The passenger seat belt has an alternate mode activated by pulling the belt all the way out, which activates a retract-only ratchet so it will hold the passenger close to the seat until released. The driver's belt does not have that feature. Suggest crash testing with braking from 70 to 40 mph just prior to collision rather than cruising into the barrier at steady 40. With the 2014 Malibu's restraints, the dummy could easily be 1/3 to fully against the wheel at moment of collision. The person submitting this complaint does not feel at all safe while driving with this defect in the primary driver restraint system. This is a 3-year-old car that has not been in a collision, going by records and professional inspection.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #1

May 222014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
This auto jerks while in cruise control, then while going 60 mph up a hill down shifts for more speed, then I reach the top of hill cruise stays in lower gear and picks up speed. Unsafe to drive.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

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