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#4048 of 4972 No Child Door Locks on 04 Malibu??
Jul 21, 2004 (6:49 pm)
I am considering the purchase of a 2004 Malibu LT and was surprised to find that no Malibu I have seen at my local Chevrolet dealer has child safety door locks. All sedan and Max models I checked had no child safety door locks. The car door locks close automatically when the car is put into drive, but the door locks and doors can be opened at any time, even when the car is moving. I am surprised that a car like the Malibu that is marketed as a mainstream family car would not have such a basic safety feature. I checked the 04 Impala, Cavalier and Aveo and was surprised to find that the Impala also is lacking the feature but the Cavalier and Aveo have them. It is surprising to see that the two more premium model Chevrolets lack the feature but the cheaper ones do in fact have them. I own a 2001 Impala and it has the feature. The Cavalier is hardly cutting edge and the Aveo is Chevrolet's cheapest car.
Any comments on this? Opinions?
#4050 of 4972 Re: No Child Door Locks on 04 Malibu?? [wayneski]
Jul 22, 2004 (2:19 am)
I believe it represents a trend in these vehicles to move away from rear door child safety locks. The Cavalier is an old design while Impala and Malibu are relatively new. The Aveo is a rebadged non-US design so probably has many things different than these other more mainstream Chevy vehicles.
The other poster was probably thinking you were talking about rear door power window lockout which these vehicles do have.
#4051 of 4972 Re: No Child Door Locks on 04 Malibu?? [e2helper]
Jul 22, 2004 (5:36 am)
I'm still surprised but suspect you are on to something. I must say though that I have a 2001 Impala and it has the feature but the 04's don't. The Aveo, Chevy's cheapest model and a new one at that does. Still can't believe a car targeted to families would have the feature. I checked this with the dealer and he reassured me that the car had the feature. I asked him to show me and he couldn't. He went back to their "dealer manual" a book that describes all of the features and selling points for dealers use in selling cars to customers. The manual says it has the safety feature so who knows, an error in the design to be fixed in the 05's? A cost saving measure? Anyway, I would rather have the safety feature like child safety locks than a convenience feature like remote start.
#4052 of 4972 Re: No Child Door Locks on 04 Malibu?? [307web]
Jul 22, 2004 (6:16 am)
Thanks for the attached brochure. It clearly says the car comes with "child security rear door locks" on the left side column of the first page. Try to find them though. Their not on the sedan or max models I've seen in Houston. The dealer was equally confused and embarassed.
#4053 of 4972 Re: No Child Door Locks on 04 Malibu?? [wayneski]
Jul 22, 2004 (6:30 am)
The owners manual would be the best place to look for the instructions. If it is not there, then it is a misprint on the other literature and it is very odd for it to not have it.
There is more than one website that lists the Malibu as having the child safety locks and they would also be wrong in that case.
#4054 of 4972 Child Safety rear door locks
Jul 22, 2004 (7:58 am)
It seems GM has decided to do away with this safety feature. Saves a few bucks per car, I suppose, but I would bet they will pay for it in the end with lawsuits. GM not only eliminated it on the Malibu redesign, they deleted it off Impala when it was included on earlier model years of the same design, just decontented it away. It'll be even harder to defend in court since this safety feature has been nearly universal for many many years on most GM vehicles.
#4056 of 4972 Steering - e2helper
Jul 22, 2004 (10:36 am)
I bought my Malibu on 02-07-2004 in California. Do you think my Malibu had its steering corrected?
#4057 of 4972 Re: Child Safety rear door locks [307web]
Jul 22, 2004 (10:41 am)
Yes, as far as I have learned, the feature doesn't exist on the Malibu sedan or Max. Perhaps it will be on the 05 models but I suspect not given that it has been eliminated from the Impala. Probably a cost cutting measure.
Anyway, I will be buying some other car instead because of it. I was pretty settled on a Malibu and in final negotiaions. Quite a shame, I like the car. I contacted Chevrolet.com and was told that the Malibu does not have this "important item" but that it has automatic locking doors as a standard feature. The problem is that two year old children are smart enough to open a lock and door and I would prefer not to take that risk. Still very surprised that GM would eliminate such a basic safety feature.