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CHEVROLET COBALT - 2008 CHEVROLET COBALT Problems & Complaints

 
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by General Motors LLC

There are 596 complaints filed for the 2008 CHEVROLET COBALT

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2008 CHEVROLET COBALT. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2008 CHEVROLET COBALT, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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AIR BAGS

3/21/2017 - WESTLAND, MI
THE CONTACT OWNED A 2008 CHEVROLET COBALT. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE HER SON WAS DRIVING AND HIS COUSIN IN THE PASSENGER SIDE SEAT AT 78 MPH, THE BRAKES FAILED TO RESPOND WHEN THE BRAKE PEDAL WAS DEPRESSED. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE HER SON WAS DRIVING THE VEHICLE CAUGHT ON FIRE, LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE, HIT A FIRE HYDRANT AND CRASHED INTO A TREE. THE AIR BAGS DID NOT DEPLOY. IT WAS UNKNOWN THE ORIGIN OF THE FIRE. THE DRIVER WAS INJURED WHICH RESULTED WITH LACERATION ON THE ANTERIOR RIGHT SIDE, THERE WERE BILATERAL WRIST FRACTURE, FRACTURE TO THE RIGHT FEMUR AND LEFT KNEE. THERE WAS AN AORTIC LACERATION AND MULTIPLE BILATERAL LUNG LACERATIONS AND CARDIAC CONTUSIONS, AUTOPSY ALSO REVELED FIRST TO FORTH DEGREE FIRMS BURNS WITH CHARRING ON APPROXIMATELY 70% OF THE BODY SURFACE AREA, THERE WERE THERMAL FRACTURES TO THE SKULL AND BOTH THE HANDS. THE DRIVER WAS REPORTED DEAD AT THE SCENE AND THE FRONT PASSENGER SUSTAINED A HEAD INJURY THAT REQUIRED MEDICAL ATTENTION. THE VEHICLE WAS DESTROYED. A POLICE REPORT WAS FILED. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT EXTINGUISHED THE FIRE. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS UNKNOWN.

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SERVICE BRAKES

3/21/2017 - WESTLAND, MI
THE CONTACT OWNED A 2008 CHEVROLET COBALT. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE HER SON WAS DRIVING AND HIS COUSIN IN THE PASSENGER SIDE SEAT AT 78 MPH, THE BRAKES FAILED TO RESPOND WHEN THE BRAKE PEDAL WAS DEPRESSED. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE HER SON WAS DRIVING THE VEHICLE CAUGHT ON FIRE, LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE, HIT A FIRE HYDRANT AND CRASHED INTO A TREE. THE AIR BAGS DID NOT DEPLOY. IT WAS UNKNOWN THE ORIGIN OF THE FIRE. THE DRIVER WAS INJURED WHICH RESULTED WITH LACERATION ON THE ANTERIOR RIGHT SIDE, THERE WERE BILATERAL WRIST FRACTURE, FRACTURE TO THE RIGHT FEMUR AND LEFT KNEE. THERE WAS AN AORTIC LACERATION AND MULTIPLE BILATERAL LUNG LACERATIONS AND CARDIAC CONTUSIONS, AUTOPSY ALSO REVELED FIRST TO FORTH DEGREE FIRMS BURNS WITH CHARRING ON APPROXIMATELY 70% OF THE BODY SURFACE AREA, THERE WERE THERMAL FRACTURES TO THE SKULL AND BOTH THE HANDS. THE DRIVER WAS REPORTED DEAD AT THE SCENE AND THE FRONT PASSENGER SUSTAINED A HEAD INJURY THAT REQUIRED MEDICAL ATTENTION. THE VEHICLE WAS DESTROYED. A POLICE REPORT WAS FILED. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT EXTINGUISHED THE FIRE. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS UNKNOWN.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

3/21/2017 - WESTLAND, MI
THE CONTACT OWNED A 2008 CHEVROLET COBALT. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE HER SON WAS DRIVING AND HIS COUSIN IN THE PASSENGER SIDE SEAT AT 78 MPH, THE BRAKES FAILED TO RESPOND WHEN THE BRAKE PEDAL WAS DEPRESSED. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE HER SON WAS DRIVING THE VEHICLE CAUGHT ON FIRE, LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE, HIT A FIRE HYDRANT AND CRASHED INTO A TREE. THE AIR BAGS DID NOT DEPLOY. IT WAS UNKNOWN THE ORIGIN OF THE FIRE. THE DRIVER WAS INJURED WHICH RESULTED WITH LACERATION ON THE ANTERIOR RIGHT SIDE, THERE WERE BILATERAL WRIST FRACTURE, FRACTURE TO THE RIGHT FEMUR AND LEFT KNEE. THERE WAS AN AORTIC LACERATION AND MULTIPLE BILATERAL LUNG LACERATIONS AND CARDIAC CONTUSIONS, AUTOPSY ALSO REVELED FIRST TO FORTH DEGREE FIRMS BURNS WITH CHARRING ON APPROXIMATELY 70% OF THE BODY SURFACE AREA, THERE WERE THERMAL FRACTURES TO THE SKULL AND BOTH THE HANDS. THE DRIVER WAS REPORTED DEAD AT THE SCENE AND THE FRONT PASSENGER SUSTAINED A HEAD INJURY THAT REQUIRED MEDICAL ATTENTION. THE VEHICLE WAS DESTROYED. A POLICE REPORT WAS FILED. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT EXTINGUISHED THE FIRE. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS UNKNOWN.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

3/10/2017 - MARIETTA, GA
JUST BOUGHT THIS CAR FROM USED CAR DEALER ON MAR 9, 2017. DID NOT TEST DRIVE IT BEFORE HAND AS THE DEALER SAID BATTERY WAS LOW. NEXT DAY RETURNED AND SIGNED PAPER WORK, THINKING HE HAS REPLACED BATTERY SO DID NOT TEST DRIVE CAR AGAIN. WE STOPPED ON WAY HOME GOT SOME GAS IN VEHICLE, DRIVING AROUND 10-15 MINS I BEGAN TO SMELL STRONG GAS, SO STRONG IT WAS BURNING MY EYES AND GIVING ME A HEADACHE. NEXT MORNING LOOKED UP COMPLAINTS AND RECALLS FOR THIS MODEL AND YEAR TO DISCOVER THERE IS FUEL LEAK KNOWN ISSUES. REALLY AFRAID TO DRIVE OR LET MY DAUGHTER DRIVE THIS CAR BACK AND FORTH TO COLLEGE NOW., AFRAID OF A FIRE OR EXPLOSION. F

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

2/28/2017 - LONG VALLEY, NJ
GAS TANK FELL OFF THE CAR IN MY DRIVEWAY AFTER BACKING OUT OVER CRUSTY SNOW.... ... GAS TANK BRACKET BROKE........ BRACKET HAD RUSTED AWAY ....GAS TANK WAS DRAGGED ON DRIVEWAY 10 FEET W/O LEAKING IF I WAS GOING 65 MILES HOUR THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A DESASTER

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

2/27/2017 - OXFORD, MA
FUEL LEAKING FROM THE VEHICLE, GAS LEAKING OUT. MANY OTHER PEOPLE THIS HAS BEEN HAPPENING TO WITH THE CHEVY COBALT AND THIS IS A DANGEROUS PROBLEM. THERE SHOULD BE A RECALL ON THIS BY NOW.

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AIR BAGS

2/16/2017 - WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, OH
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 CHEVROLET COBALT. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE VEHICLE WAS PREVIOUSLY INCLUDED IN A RECALL FOR THE AIR BAGS. THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED. THE AIR BAG WARNING INDICATOR WAS ILLUMINATED, WHICH INDICATED THAT THE PASSENGER SIDE AIR BAG WAS DEACTIVATED DESPITE THE PASSENGER SEAT BEING OCCUPIED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE RECALL DETAILS WERE NOT PROVIDED. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 17,000.

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STEERING

2/12/2017 - CANTON, OH
I BOUGHT THIS 1 OWNER VEHICLE AS A SAFE, DEPENDABLE CAR FOR MY 17 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER TO COMMUTE TO SCHOOL AND WORK. RECENTLY THE POWER STEERING FAILED WHILE DRIVING ON THE FREEWAY AND SHE HAD AN EXTREMELY HARD TIME GETTING HOME. NOW IT IS FINE, COMES AND GOES APPARENTLY. NOTHING OBVIOUS APPEARS TO BE WRONG WHEN I LOOKED INTO IT. MANY OTHER CONCERNS OF SAME PROBLEM EVIDENT ONLINE. GM NEEDS TO FIX THIS DANGEROUS PROBLEM!

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STEERING

2/10/2017 - EDINBURG, TX
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 CHEVROLET COBALT. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE STEERING WHEEL BECAME DIFFICULT TO MANEUVER WHILE DRIVING VARIOUS SPEEDS. THE FAILURE RECURRED NUMEROUS TIMES. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE VIN WAS INCLUDED IN NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBERS: 10V073000 (STEERING), 14V047000 (ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION:SWITCH), AND 14V171000 (ELECTRICAL SYSTEM). THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 52,000.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

2/10/2017 - EDINBURG, TX
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 CHEVROLET COBALT. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE STEERING WHEEL BECAME DIFFICULT TO MANEUVER WHILE DRIVING VARIOUS SPEEDS. THE FAILURE RECURRED NUMEROUS TIMES. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE VIN WAS INCLUDED IN NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBERS: 10V073000 (STEERING), 14V047000 (ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION:SWITCH), AND 14V171000 (ELECTRICAL SYSTEM). THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 52,000.

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