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CHEVROLET MALIBU - 2010 CHEVROLET MALIBU Problems & Complaints

 
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There are 462 complaints filed for the 2010 CHEVROLET MALIBU

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2010 CHEVROLET MALIBU. 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 2010 CHEVROLET MALIBU, 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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STEERING

4/24/2015 - ROCHESTER, NY
THE POWER STEERING ON OUR 2010 CHEVROLET MALIBU STOPPED FUNCTIONING RECENTLY, REQUIRING THE USE OF GREAT FORCE TO BRING THE VEHICLE TO A SAFE PARKED POSITION. UPON RESTARTING THE VEHICLE, THE POWER STEERING RETURNED, BUT THE STEERING WHEEL JERKED FREQUENTLY TO THE LEFT WHILE DRIVING AND IDLING. THE CAR WAS TAKEN TO THE LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALER WHICH DIAGNOSED AN "INTERNAL FAULT IN THE STEERING COLUMN," AND REPLACED THE ENTIRE STEERING SHAFT. THE DEALER REPORTED THAT THIS IS THE SAME SAFETY CONCERN AND THE SAME PART THAT HAS BEEN THE SUBJECT OF A SAFETY RECALL AFFECTING CHEVROLET MALIBUS THROUGH THE 2009 YEAR. NO RECALL HAS YET BEEN ISSUED FOR THIS PROBLEM FOR THE 2010 VEHICLE YEAR, SO WE ARE OUT $1,000 FOR THE COST OF REPAIR. WHY HAVEN'T OWNERS OF VEHICLES WITH THIS FAULTY STEERING MECHANISM BEEN WARNED OF THIS PROBLEM, AND WHY HASN'T A SAFETY RECALL BEEN ISSUED BY CHEVROLET?

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SEATS

4/20/2015 - SHREVEPORT, LA
MY WIFE HAD TURNED ON THE SEAT HEATER. AFTER A PERIOD OF TIME SHE FELT THE BACK OF THE SEAT GETTING VERY HOT AND THEN SMELLED SOMETHING BURNING AND SAW SMOKE INSIDE THE CAR.. SHE LEANED FORWARD AND THEN TURNED OFF THE SWITCH TO THE SEAT HEATER. I EXAMINED THE SEAT AND DISCOVERED A DIME SIZED BURN THROUGH HOLE IN THE SEAT. THE BURN TROUGH IS APPROXIMATELY SHOULDER HIGH ON THE SEAT.

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ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

4/16/2015 - LOUISVILLE, KY
ESC AND TRACTION GRAPHIC AND TEXT ALARMS HAVE BEEN INITIALIZING INTERMITTENTLY WHILE DRIVING AT VARIOUS SPEEDS SINCE MARCH 2015. ON 4/7/2015 AND AGAIN ON 4/13/2015, AFTER STARTING THE CAR THESE TWO ALARMS INITIALIZED ALONG WITH THE POWER STEERING ALARM AND THERE WAS A LOSS OF POWER STEERING. IN EACH CASE, TURNING OFF THE ENGINE RESET THE ALARMS AND THE POWER STEERING RESTORED. LOSS OF POWER STEERING AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS PARTICULARLY IN A CURVE OR WHILE MAKING A TURN COULD CAUSE A SERIOUS ACCIDENT. I NOW FEEL VERY UNSAFE AND INSECURE WHILE DRIVING THIS VEHICLE.

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POWER TRAIN

4/16/2015 - LOUISVILLE, KY
ESC AND TRACTION GRAPHIC AND TEXT ALARMS HAVE BEEN INITIALIZING INTERMITTENTLY WHILE DRIVING AT VARIOUS SPEEDS SINCE MARCH 2015. ON 4/7/2015 AND AGAIN ON 4/13/2015, AFTER STARTING THE CAR THESE TWO ALARMS INITIALIZED ALONG WITH THE POWER STEERING ALARM AND THERE WAS A LOSS OF POWER STEERING. IN EACH CASE, TURNING OFF THE ENGINE RESET THE ALARMS AND THE POWER STEERING RESTORED. LOSS OF POWER STEERING AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS PARTICULARLY IN A CURVE OR WHILE MAKING A TURN COULD CAUSE A SERIOUS ACCIDENT. I NOW FEEL VERY UNSAFE AND INSECURE WHILE DRIVING THIS VEHICLE.

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UNKNOWN OR OTHER

4/16/2015 - LOUISVILLE, KY
ESC AND TRACTION GRAPHIC AND TEXT ALARMS HAVE BEEN INITIALIZING INTERMITTENTLY WHILE DRIVING AT VARIOUS SPEEDS SINCE MARCH 2015. ON 4/7/2015 AND AGAIN ON 4/13/2015, AFTER STARTING THE CAR THESE TWO ALARMS INITIALIZED ALONG WITH THE POWER STEERING ALARM AND THERE WAS A LOSS OF POWER STEERING. IN EACH CASE, TURNING OFF THE ENGINE RESET THE ALARMS AND THE POWER STEERING RESTORED. LOSS OF POWER STEERING AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS PARTICULARLY IN A CURVE OR WHILE MAKING A TURN COULD CAUSE A SERIOUS ACCIDENT. I NOW FEEL VERY UNSAFE AND INSECURE WHILE DRIVING THIS VEHICLE.

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VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

4/13/2015 - BAY SAINT LOUIS, MS
AT 70 MPH THE CRUISE CONTROL SHUT OFF BY ITSELF AND THE SERVICE ESC LIGHT ILLUMINATED ON THE DASH. I ALSO NOTICED THE BRAKE LIGHTS CAME ON WHEN FOOT WAS OFF THE BRAKE PEDAL AND SHUT OFF WHEN I DEPRESSED THE BRAKE PEDAL. THIS HAS HAPPENED INTERMITTENTLY IN THE PAST 2 WEEKS. I TOOK CAR INTO TURAN-FOLEY CHEVY DEALERSHIP IN GULFPORT, MS ON 4/08/15 AND THEY RECOMMENDED REPLACING THE BPP FOR $242.25, WHICH I HAD THEM COMPLETE. THEY ALSO SAID THE PROBLEM MAY BE CAUSED BY THE EBCM-BPMU WHICH WOULD COST OVER $1100.00. THE "SERVICE ESC" LIGHT CAME ON AGAIN ON 4/09/15. I HAVE NOT NOTICED ANY PERFORMANCE ISSUES SUCH AS I HAVE READ IN OTHER FORUMS REGARDING DECREASED POWER. RECALL # 13036 WAS COMPLETED ON CAR 10/14/14 BY DANTIN CHEVROLET WHICH ACCORDING TO WHAT I HAVE READ WAS SUPPOSED TO FIX THE PROBLEMS I AM NOW HAVING. I MENTIONED THIS TO TURAN-FOLEYS SERVICE DEPARTMENT, BUT THEY SAID THEY CANNOT RE-OPEN A CLOSED RECALL. I WONDER HOW MANY TIMES MY BRAKE LIGHTS HAVE NOT WORKED PROPERLY AS I AVERAGE OVER 700 MILES A WEEK. THIS IS AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN. PLEASE HELP!

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ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

4/13/2015 - BAY SAINT LOUIS, MS
AT 70 MPH THE CRUISE CONTROL SHUT OFF BY ITSELF AND THE SERVICE ESC LIGHT ILLUMINATED ON THE DASH. I ALSO NOTICED THE BRAKE LIGHTS CAME ON WHEN FOOT WAS OFF THE BRAKE PEDAL AND SHUT OFF WHEN I DEPRESSED THE BRAKE PEDAL. THIS HAS HAPPENED INTERMITTENTLY IN THE PAST 2 WEEKS. I TOOK CAR INTO TURAN-FOLEY CHEVY DEALERSHIP IN GULFPORT, MS ON 4/08/15 AND THEY RECOMMENDED REPLACING THE BPP FOR $242.25, WHICH I HAD THEM COMPLETE. THEY ALSO SAID THE PROBLEM MAY BE CAUSED BY THE EBCM-BPMU WHICH WOULD COST OVER $1100.00. THE "SERVICE ESC" LIGHT CAME ON AGAIN ON 4/09/15. I HAVE NOT NOTICED ANY PERFORMANCE ISSUES SUCH AS I HAVE READ IN OTHER FORUMS REGARDING DECREASED POWER. RECALL # 13036 WAS COMPLETED ON CAR 10/14/14 BY DANTIN CHEVROLET WHICH ACCORDING TO WHAT I HAVE READ WAS SUPPOSED TO FIX THE PROBLEMS I AM NOW HAVING. I MENTIONED THIS TO TURAN-FOLEYS SERVICE DEPARTMENT, BUT THEY SAID THEY CANNOT RE-OPEN A CLOSED RECALL. I WONDER HOW MANY TIMES MY BRAKE LIGHTS HAVE NOT WORKED PROPERLY AS I AVERAGE OVER 700 MILES A WEEK. THIS IS AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN. PLEASE HELP!

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

4/13/2015 - BAY SAINT LOUIS, MS
AT 70 MPH THE CRUISE CONTROL SHUT OFF BY ITSELF AND THE SERVICE ESC LIGHT ILLUMINATED ON THE DASH. I ALSO NOTICED THE BRAKE LIGHTS CAME ON WHEN FOOT WAS OFF THE BRAKE PEDAL AND SHUT OFF WHEN I DEPRESSED THE BRAKE PEDAL. THIS HAS HAPPENED INTERMITTENTLY IN THE PAST 2 WEEKS. I TOOK CAR INTO TURAN-FOLEY CHEVY DEALERSHIP IN GULFPORT, MS ON 4/08/15 AND THEY RECOMMENDED REPLACING THE BPP FOR $242.25, WHICH I HAD THEM COMPLETE. THEY ALSO SAID THE PROBLEM MAY BE CAUSED BY THE EBCM-BPMU WHICH WOULD COST OVER $1100.00. THE "SERVICE ESC" LIGHT CAME ON AGAIN ON 4/09/15. I HAVE NOT NOTICED ANY PERFORMANCE ISSUES SUCH AS I HAVE READ IN OTHER FORUMS REGARDING DECREASED POWER. RECALL # 13036 WAS COMPLETED ON CAR 10/14/14 BY DANTIN CHEVROLET WHICH ACCORDING TO WHAT I HAVE READ WAS SUPPOSED TO FIX THE PROBLEMS I AM NOW HAVING. I MENTIONED THIS TO TURAN-FOLEYS SERVICE DEPARTMENT, BUT THEY SAID THEY CANNOT RE-OPEN A CLOSED RECALL. I WONDER HOW MANY TIMES MY BRAKE LIGHTS HAVE NOT WORKED PROPERLY AS I AVERAGE OVER 700 MILES A WEEK. THIS IS AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN. PLEASE HELP!

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STRUCTURE: BODY

4/13/2015 - GILLETT, PA
OUR CHEVY MALIBU WAS BROAD SIDED ON THE RIDERS SIDE AT 10:10 AM ON THE FORTH OF APRIL, 2015. THIS WAS AT A YIELD INTERSECTION IN AIKEN, SC. I HAVE HAD SEVERAL NEAR MISSES WITH THIS CAR WITH VEHICLES COMING FROM THE LEFT. THIS ACCICENT WAS CLEARLY MY FAULT. HOWEVER, A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR IS THE WIDTH OF THE POST BETWEEN THE WINDSHIELD AND THE DOOR ON THAT SIDE OF THE CAR. WE OWN A 2005 SIMILAR MALIBU AND THE WIDTH OF THAT POST IS MUCH NARROWER AND WE HAVE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM SEEING VEHICLES COMING AT US FROM THE LEFT SIDE. HOWEVER, THE 2010 MALIBU HAS A MUCH WIDER POST BETWEEN THE WINDSHIELD AND THE DOOR AND IS SUFFICIENT TO HIDE VEHICLES COMING FROM THE LEFT. MY WIFE HAS HAD THE SAME PROBLEM WITH THIS VEHICLE. IT IS A DESIGN SAFETY FACTOR THAT SHOULD BE CORRECTED BY THE GENERAL MOTORS ENGINEERS. . I WOULD IMAGINE THAT THERE HAVE BEEN MANY MORE SIMILAR ACCIDENT WITH OTHER DRIVERS OF THIS MAKE AND MODEL OF CAR. HOWEVER I DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR DATA BASE TO CONFIRM SAME. OUR CAR WAS STILL ABLE TO BE DRIVEN AFTER THE COLLISION AND IS CURRENTLY IN A BODY SHOP BEING REPAIRED. HOWEVER, I AM NOT GOING TO BE COMFORTABLE DRIVING IT KNOWING THAT THIS HAZORDOUS CONDITION STILL EXISTS. THOUGHT I SHOULD PASS THIS INFORMATION ALONG TO YOUR AGENCY IN CASE OTHERS HAVE COMPLAINED OF THE SAME CONDITION AND YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO CONVINCE GM THAT THEY HAVE CREATED A SAFETY PROBLEM WITH THE DESIGN OF THIS VEHICLE. THE WIDTH OF THIS COLUMN ON THE 2005 MALIBU IS 4 INCHES. THE WIDTH OF THE COLUMN ON THE 2010 MALIBU HAS TO ABE A GOOD SIX INCHES OR MORE SUFFICIENT TO BLOCK THE VIEW FROM THE DRIVERS SEET OF ONCOMING VEHICLES FROM THE LEFT. THANKS FOR YOU CONSIDERATION IN THIS MATTER. KEN COOKE

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VISIBILITY/WIPER

4/13/2015 - GILLETT, PA
OUR CHEVY MALIBU WAS BROAD SIDED ON THE RIDERS SIDE AT 10:10 AM ON THE FORTH OF APRIL, 2015. THIS WAS AT A YIELD INTERSECTION IN AIKEN, SC. I HAVE HAD SEVERAL NEAR MISSES WITH THIS CAR WITH VEHICLES COMING FROM THE LEFT. THIS ACCICENT WAS CLEARLY MY FAULT. HOWEVER, A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR IS THE WIDTH OF THE POST BETWEEN THE WINDSHIELD AND THE DOOR ON THAT SIDE OF THE CAR. WE OWN A 2005 SIMILAR MALIBU AND THE WIDTH OF THAT POST IS MUCH NARROWER AND WE HAVE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM SEEING VEHICLES COMING AT US FROM THE LEFT SIDE. HOWEVER, THE 2010 MALIBU HAS A MUCH WIDER POST BETWEEN THE WINDSHIELD AND THE DOOR AND IS SUFFICIENT TO HIDE VEHICLES COMING FROM THE LEFT. MY WIFE HAS HAD THE SAME PROBLEM WITH THIS VEHICLE. IT IS A DESIGN SAFETY FACTOR THAT SHOULD BE CORRECTED BY THE GENERAL MOTORS ENGINEERS. . I WOULD IMAGINE THAT THERE HAVE BEEN MANY MORE SIMILAR ACCIDENT WITH OTHER DRIVERS OF THIS MAKE AND MODEL OF CAR. HOWEVER I DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR DATA BASE TO CONFIRM SAME. OUR CAR WAS STILL ABLE TO BE DRIVEN AFTER THE COLLISION AND IS CURRENTLY IN A BODY SHOP BEING REPAIRED. HOWEVER, I AM NOT GOING TO BE COMFORTABLE DRIVING IT KNOWING THAT THIS HAZORDOUS CONDITION STILL EXISTS. THOUGHT I SHOULD PASS THIS INFORMATION ALONG TO YOUR AGENCY IN CASE OTHERS HAVE COMPLAINED OF THE SAME CONDITION AND YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO CONVINCE GM THAT THEY HAVE CREATED A SAFETY PROBLEM WITH THE DESIGN OF THIS VEHICLE. THE WIDTH OF THIS COLUMN ON THE 2005 MALIBU IS 4 INCHES. THE WIDTH OF THE COLUMN ON THE 2010 MALIBU HAS TO ABE A GOOD SIX INCHES OR MORE SUFFICIENT TO BLOCK THE VIEW FROM THE DRIVERS SEET OF ONCOMING VEHICLES FROM THE LEFT. THANKS FOR YOU CONSIDERATION IN THIS MATTER. KEN COOKE

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