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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,335 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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2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 062016

Monte Carlo

  • 87,844 miles


I took my 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo into circle Chevrolet in shrewsbury, N.J. because my car's air bag symbol had came on on my dash board. It had initially came on Saturday July 2 in the late afternoon. I immediately came home and did not drive my car until July 6, 2016 for service.... because the cars owner manual says on page 3-30 " if the air bag readiness light stays on after you start the vehicle or comes on when you are driving, your air bag system may not work properly. Have your car serviced right away. " service told me it would take about 1 1/2 hours to look at it. I was there 4 hours instead ! then they charged me $ $123.05. Told me they could not check the car unless the light was on. They never told me till the end. But they managed to give me a laundry list of other things, that had nothing to do with the air bag ! I had told them I am disabled. My neck is fused and the last thing I need is for the air bag to inflate or not inflate at all. Evidently, this company has no heart and took my money. There has to be something wrong with the air bag, to cause the light to be intermittent !!!!!!! in closing.... I only wanted them to check the air bag problem. Only for them to tell me, the light has to be on for them to check the car "???"!!!!! they never told me that until they took my money ! I have never seen the air bag light since I took ownership of the car in 2003.

- Eatontown, NJ, USA

problem #6

Nov 052006

Monte Carlo

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated on two separate occasions, the contact was involved in two crashes however, the air bags did not deploy. The manufacturer and dealer were not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Hammond , NY, USA

problem #5

Jun 192013

Monte Carlo

  • 171,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact received a recall notice for the air bags and took the vehicle to the dealer for repairs. The failure recurred after the repair. The contact received another recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V350000 (electrical system) and stated that the ABS indicator remained illuminated ever since the first failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The NHTSA campaign number for the first failure was unknown. The failure mileage was 171,000.

- Del Ray Beach , FL, USA

problem #4

May 142014

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles


I was driving home from work when a woman using her cell phone changed lanes into my lane without looking. Causing me to have to jam on my brakes and swerve to miss her. Upon doing this action my vehicle shut off and I rear ended her. I believe there is a defect in the ignition system as I have also had my ignition lock up and couldn't get the key out. When my air bag deployed it also quick deflated. I believe this should have been caught a long time ago and this accident would not have happened.

- Wyandotte, MI, USA

problem #3

Jun 202009

Monte Carlo

  • 73,499 miles
ABS braking in my 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo I was 2 cars lengths away from a Ford bronka for whom I rearended, I was looking to turn in qt parking lot then I looked back and the cars ahead had stopped. I hit the breaks expecting to be able to avoid the contact but the breaks just locked up and the air bag did not deploy thank god for seatbelts. As the movement of the car was sliding forward and I had my foot pumping to slow but every time I touch the pedal it would just lock up. I tried this twice and them I just braced for the hit when we hit my foot was jammed back on the break now I have a broken foot.

- Claremore , OK, USA

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problem #2

Jul 292005

Monte Carlo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The consumer's vehicle was involved in an accident while traveling 55 mph three weeks ago. Upon impact, the air bags did not deploy. There was a deer in the road, vehicle swerved and hit an embankment. The vehicle was totaled. There was a deer in the road vehicle swerved and hit an embankment driver sustained a knot the forehead and was hit on the chest and forehead. She was still under a physician's care. Another passenger also sustained injuries. No one has inspected the vehicle to find out why the air bags did not deploy. A police report was taken by the state trooper. The consumer had a friend who worked at GM and who indicated they had found numerous vehicles without air bags.

- Butler, AL, USA

problem #1

Dec 022002

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5 miles
The vehicle's horn is unsafe, consumer has to apply excessive force to the horn for it to work. The dealership indicated that this problem is caused by the air bag.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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