CampaignManufacturerManufacturing dateType# of units affectedDate Owner notified MfgRecall Initiated byManufacturers of recalled vehicles/productsReport Recieved DateRecord Creation DateRegulation Part NumberFMVSS Number
04V188000GENERAL MOTORS CORP.from 05/01/2003 to 03/31/2004V (Vehicle)8447405/07/2004MFRGENERAL MOTORS CORP.04/16/200404/21/2004
Defect SummaryOn certain passenger vehicles, analysis of an a side impact crash test conducted by the nhtsa;s new car assessment program (ncap) indicated that the outboard anchorage of the driver's seat belt could disconnect because of contact between the seat trim and the anchorage connector when the seat was adjusted to its lowest position.
Consequence SummaryIf this occurred in a crash, the driver could receive greater injuries.
Corrective SummaryDealers will insert a retainer on both the driver's and passenger's belt anchorages. owner notification began on june 16, 2004. owners should contact chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438.
NotesGm recall no. 04027.customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).


BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
09-09-40-001A02/01/201110038294Gm: there are seat belt problems: difficulty latching and unlatching buckle. buckle release button is sticking. seat belt warning light illuminated. likely caused by sticky beverages that are spilled into the buckle assembly. *rm06/14/2011
0402704/20/200410013876Upcoming safety recalls: 04027 seat belt lower anchorage . *sc04/26/2005
05085000201/01/200510013488Front seat head restraint uncomfortable positioned too far forward. *eh04/19/2005
0420200404/20/200410009230Seabelt anchor that may detach in a severe side impact crash. product safety recall. gm voicemail express. *tt09/17/2004
0402705/07/200410007872Product safety recall driver's safety belt anchorage. *mj07/14/2004
09-09-40-001A02/01/201110038294Gm: there are seat belt problems: difficulty latching and unlatching buckle. buckle release button is sticking. seat belt warning light illuminated. likely caused by sticky beverages that are spilled into the buckle assembly. *rm06/14/2011

Consumer Complaints

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 I have a 2004 malibu ls, when i first purchased the car during the winter of 04 i had problems with the steering. it fwas under warranty, i took it back every winter for 4 years and the dealership always repaired the car. in 2010 my power steering light came on and i lost power trying to turn into a parking spot. the next time it occurred, i was driving 50 mph i went to change lanes the power steering light came on and i could not turn the wheel. i was pulling out from a parking spot the power steering light came on and i could not steer the car. this year the seat belt light stays on when my seat belt is on. it happens every day the light stays on. the dealer that i use to use went out of business and did not notify the customers. i found out when i went to have some work corrected that they did. this problem is scary because i never know when the power steering light is going to come on. that is very very scary. my check engine light comes on and they can never find anything wrong. i recently had my car inspected they would not pass it because of the check engine light.i had to drive the car for 300 miles and the light went off and they passed it for inspection. the orignal brakes were replaced 3 times in the first 2 years of having the car. i only have 45, 000 miles. purchased 2 batteries from gm the 2nd one lasted less then 2 years and died. an authentic gm battery.
 2004 chevy malibu driver side seat frame broken welds. the welds in the frame have broken causing the seat to become unstable. given that the welds are breaking under normal use and that the seat restraints are anchored to this frame causes safety concerns. if the vehicle owners are unaware of a defective weld and the seat should break under crash impact the safety restraint could fail possibly causing greater harm. i have experinced this problem under normal conditions and can see that the integrity of the seat and safety restraint could be compromised. i subsribed to some car forums and was suprised to see the number of people with the same problem on the 2004 and 2005 chevy malibu models which indicates some form of defect. i am of average height and weight and and did not misuse the seat in anyway.
 The car cut off while i was driving and in heavy traffic more than once. there was no warning that this would happen. the car was serviced before for this problem but it continued to happen. i have had 3 recalls, the horn fuse has been replaced twice, and the blinker is currently out. the steering collar has also been replaced. this car was supposed to be a new car.
 The vehicle lost power steering control while driving 25 mph. the vehicle was towed to the dealer. the dealer informed the consumer that the power steering module needed to be replaced. *jb the adjuster assembly on the passenger seat belt was replaced.
 The contact owns a 2004 chevrolet malibu sedan. while driving 30 mph, she crashed into a dirt mound and blacked out. when the driver side air bag deployed, the steering wheel was detached. there was smoke and some flames present around the steering wheel. the driver was able to regain consciousness, smelled smoke and stopped the vehicle by shifting the gear into park. the seat belt also broke, threw the contact into the rear seat and the vehicle flipped over into a field and was destroyed. the driver sustained a concussion, whiplash and the passenger had minor injuries. the passenger air bag deployed normally. pictures and a police report and pictures are available. the fire department attempted to determine the cause of fire and was unsuccessful. the failure and current mileages were approximately 100,000. rk updated 5/5/08 *cn
 Recall not completely fixed by dealer! the abs controller was reprogrammed, but the installation of a retainer in the front safety belt connectors was not repaired! the dealer said they are not aware of any such part to install!*ak