Chevrolet Complaint - Airbags did NOT deploy on collision
After reading other reviews on this site, I have to say I'm not only apalled, but frightened for the safety of myself and my 5 year old daughter with continued use of our only vehicle, which is a '98 Chevy Lumina.
I was involved in a thankfully non-injury accident the first week of February 2010, where I was stopped at a stop sign and a vehicle turning into the parking lot I was waiting to exit hit a patch of slushy ice/snow mixture and slammed into my driver's side door at approx. 25 mph (she didn't slow enough for the turn anyway, but moot point).
Thankfully, neither of us was injured, but I found it extremely worrisome that not only did MY airbag not deploy, but neither did the passenger side airbag.
One defective airbag, I can understand as a one-off incident, but with BOTH failing to deploy, I'm less inclined to attribute to happenstance, and more as shoddy worksmanship by the manufacturer. I'm honestly wondering if I truly HAVE airbags at this point; after all, I've never seen them, and they didn't deploy when they should have; it's entirely possible that I've got nothing but empty space in my steering wheel and dash.
If not, I might as well have empty space, for all the good it's doing me.
Then, I get online to research possible reasons for them not to deploy (ie does it have to be a certain speed of impact, or triggered by head-on or rear collision only, etc) and I find this site, where not only are the NUMEROUS defects listed with the same car I've got, but that I'm not the only one who had the EXACT SAME PROBLEM with the airbags.
And, apparently, the airbags are just crap all around, because there are a few people listed here who had them popping out for no reason whatsoever.
All I can say is that first chance I get, I'm going back to Honda Accord. I'd much rather spend $300-$500 every two years on CV joints and outer tie rods than not have working airbags or other equally dangerous defects.
Made In America was SUPPOSED to be a good thing, but evidently...not so much.