really awful
Crashes / Fires:
13 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
16 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,047 miles

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problem #54

Jun 022014


  • miles
TL * the contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V047000 (air bag, electrical system) and 14V171000 (electrical system). The dealer stated that the parts for the repair were unavailable and would not arrive for several months. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- East Greenwich, RI, USA

problem #53

Feb 112014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact attempted to have the vehicle repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system); however, the parts for the repair were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time to perform the repair. The vehicle had not experienced a failure.

- Rosebird, OR, USA

problem #52

Aug 052010


  • 7,000 miles
August of 2010 1st indication of a problem with the airbag occurred. Chevrolet dealer repaired under warranty. 2nd incident occurred in earlier 2013 when service airbag light came on. This service airbag would stay on for a day or two, then go out. Several months later it would come on again, then go out. In may of this year the service airbag light came and stayed on. On June 2nd of the year, 2014, I took it to the Chevrolet dealer. They advised the airbag "shorted" and would have to be replaced @ $1200+. I purchased this vehicle new, and have had at least 3 electrical problems under warranty. Due to the electrical problems, ignition switch, battery failure I feel this lead to the failure of the airbag.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #51

May 122014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact received a recall notice related to NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system.). the contact stated that the vehicle was not repaired in a reasonable amount of time. The dealer indicated that the parts were not available. There were no failures the manufacturer was not notified of the delay.

- Jacksonville, IL, USA

problem #50

Feb 162014

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
The power steering stopped working while driving and still does not work. The passenger air bag turns on and off intermittently when no one is in the seat.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #49

Apr 012014


  • 55,000 miles
The red light keeps coming on and off that the air bag needs service.it seems it the passenger side, as it beeps and there is no one there or I have my purse sitting on the seat. The car dealership said it's not on the recall list and I wanted to do diagnostic that it would cost me $98. I have read on the Chevy website for owners there is a lot of people with the same compliant with different model years.

- Clear Spring, MD, USA

problem #48

Mar 042014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The air bag light keeps coming on and goes off for service. Updated 11/24/2014

- Clear Spring, MD, USA

problem #47

Feb 142014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
She was driving and ran into a mailbox and the airbag did not deploy.

- Raceland, LA, USA

problem #46

Apr 172014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and stated that the part needed to perform the repair was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified of the delay. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Statesville, NC, USA

problem #45

Sep 202013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Service airbag light is on. Told by mechanic that it's a common issue in Hhrs and cobalts, due to poorly designed parts. GM says I have to pay to fix it. I'm also told that the airbags will not deploy in an accident, making this car undriveable. This is absolutely ridiculous and should be listed on a recall immediately, if both GM and random mechanics know about the problem.

- Osseo, MN, USA

problem #44

Sep 012013


  • miles
My air bag service indicator light turns on intermittently. At least 5 times in the past year, no accidents, no problem seen with air bags by service dept at dealer. "??".the safety lock on the drivers side controls for all passenger windows does not lock the window operation. Braking system problem in the past 6 months. Ive returned to the mechanic 4 times had my brake pads changed, rotors turned, rotors resurfaced, only to have the same problem.....steering wheel shuddering bad when applying the brake. The rotors overheat and warp, but I will drive only 2 blocks and it happens. Don't think that is enough to overheat the rotors.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #43

Oct 152013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The "service air bags" light comes on intermittently while driving. Air bags are disabled. Seems to be a manufacturing defect.

- Ansonia, CT, USA

problem #42

Apr 042014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 37,500 miles
I was leaving work and my speed was 30 mph or less when dinging sound came on and screen showed service air bags. I had no idea what that meant. I don't know if the vehicle is safe to drive or not!!! it stays on awhile then goes off, but always comes back on. I see where this is an ongoing problem that lots of people are having is there no way to get Chevrolet to fix this problem?? it's obvious that it's their problem.

- Bearden, AR, USA

problem #41

Feb 122013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 25,027 miles
Air bag needs service warning light came on intermittently over several months! scan diagnosed a problem with a connector (part# 013580234) was defective. Cost to repair $231.01 06/14/2013

- Minden, NV, USA

problem #40

Mar 092010

HHR 4-cyl

  • 19,450 miles
Airbag light went on in dash took to dealer repaired under bumper to bumper around 16,000 miles more light went on again will intermittently go on and off. Occupant seat sensor is also turning on airbag at 10 pounds instead of over 35.

- St.Charles, MO, USA

problem #39

Mar 142014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 107,750 miles
Taken the car to dealer multiple times, for power steering failure as well as the car stalling.. was told there was nothing that could be done about the car... was side swiped on road on 03/14/2014... car barely tapped us and we lost control of the car due to power steering issue... ran into the guardrail.. car was totaled while the other car (a 2005 Toyota prius) drove home... driver had head injuries while passenger had contusions to his right hand from airbags. This car is a death trap waiting to happen..

- Candler, NC, USA

problem #38

Mar 212014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 37,500 miles
Service airbag lights keeps coming on. Took it to get looked at today. The passenger airbag was bad. It is going to cost $1200 to get new airbag installed. I did some research and found that this is a common problem the 09 HHR. It is not under warranty. Contacted Chevy with no response. The car was never in an accident or even bumped by anything for a airbag to go bad.

- Kent, OH, USA

problem #37

Jun 032013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 51,300 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the brakes malfunctioned, causing the contact to crash into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact suffered injuries to the chest and both legs. The vehicle was destroyed and a police report was filed at the scene. The manufacturer was not notified. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The failure mileage was 51,300. Updated 12/30/14 updated 9/25/2015

- Garden City, MI, USA

problem #36

Feb 192014


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevy HHR. While driving approximately 50 mph the two front passenger and driver side air bags deployed and caused the seat belts to malfunction. The failure caused the contact to crash into a snow bank; however, there were no injuries or damage to the vehicle. The failure occurred approximately febraury 19, 2014.. the vehicle was diagnosed by a technician from the manufacturer; however, they were unable to diagnose any failure in the computer. The insurance company stated that when they diagnosed the failure the computer indicated there was a problem within the air bags. The failure mileage was 59,000.

- North Brandford , CT, USA

problem #35

Apr 202011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
2009 HHR serive airbag has been on and off for years. The car has never been wrecked and now since the light is on all the time, no one will take the car on trarde in for safty reasons..I have contacted GM and they refuse to check the car for free and I dont feel I should have to pay for them to fix another known defect..the car sits unused as we feel its unsafe to drive..there was a recalled issued for many other GM models on 3/18/13 for the same airbag issue but they have done nothing for the people who bought the HHR..there are endless lists of airbag problems in the chatrooms and GM does not care..I guess its cheaper to pay off the victims of their defective cars then recall them and replace the parts..their cost on the parts is pennies on the dollar that they charge the customers..they are killing the tax payers that bailed them out of bankrupcy.. ill be buying a Toyota next time.

- Port Richey, FL, USA

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