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Top 10 Cars With the Most Safety Complaints

Well-publicized recalls have been initiated on many of these vehicles

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Chevrolet Cobalt

#9: Chevrolet

  • Complaints per 100,000 vehicles sold: 179.4
  • YTD car sales: 1,270,582
  • YTD complaints: 2,033
  • Model complaint leader: Cobalt

Since the beginning of 2007, 17,900 complaints have been filed with the NHTSA, a number that trails only Toyota for total complaints received since 2007. The Cobalt was the most complained about model, with 14% of those complaints involving steering issues. Following NHTSA complaints of sudden loss in power steering, 2005 to 2010 model Chevrolet Cobalts were recalled in 2010 as part of General Motor’s 1.3 million-vehicle recall of Chevrolet and Pontiac cars. After releasing the 2010 model, the Cobalt was discontinued. Chevrolet took another hit in June of this year when GM recalled more than 475,000 Chevrolet Cruzes — the model that replaced the Cobalt — following complaints of engine fires in two 2011 vehicles.

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