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About 5 mins into my drive to work yesterday, the annoying "bong" sounded 3-4 times while at 30 MPH. About 2 minutes later it happened again. There were no indications that the driver door was open and no messages appeared.

Has this ever happened to anyone?
 

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Yep, and here is how it happens for me. You get in the car. Start it. Then realize your door wasn't completely shut. You open the door and shut it completely. For some reason, the car will sound at certain intervals thinking the door is open even though no light is illuminated. It took me a few times to figure that one out, but that is what it is for me. Not sure if you are experiencing the same thing or not, but maybe...
 

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Not sure I understand. Are you saying that you closed the door properly and even after that it still did the bong?
 

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I get a similar bonging noise if I put anything in the passenger seat (bag of groceries, iPad, etc). The car is complaining that my "passenger" has not put on their seat belt.
 

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Just a thought: did you have ANYTHING on the passenger's seat? If you did, you will eventually get a warning sound that the seatbelt needs to be buckled. That has happened to me a few times. The first time I immediately pressed the OnStar button and had a nice lady ask me if I had something on the passenger's seat. Yup, I had a small bag of groceries on the seat. It doesn't take much - even a cell phone can do the trick.
 

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Yes, initially I started the car without the door being closed properly,but then realized I hadn't. I then shut the door properly, but the car will still bong even with no lights being illuminated
 

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Yes, my bag that I carry for work is 30-40 pounds. There's no indication (red icon with a seatbelt on a person) that will appear?
 

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Just a thought: did you have ANYTHING on the passenger's seat? If you did, you will eventually get a warning sound that the seatbelt needs to be buckled. That has happened to me a few times. The first time I immediately pressed the OnStar button and had a nice lady ask me if I had something on the passenger's seat. Yup, I had a small bag of groceries on the seat. It doesn't take much - even a cell phone can do the trick.
Nope, nothing in the seat. I have clearly recognized it is the door in my case.
 

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This car is the most annoying car to drive in terms of noises, most of which is unnecessary. A bong with no icon is vague. However, if you're able to call On Star and they can tell you what the issue is, that's a FAIL for Chevy. Why should I have to call On Star when that same message can appear on the center stack? It's not like the passenger seatbelt message is a technical issue (i.e. left bank O2 sensor) that some people don't really understand. Why that's restricted to only On Star and not the driver is really dumb.
 

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Yes, my bag that I carry for work is 30-40 pounds. There's no indication (red icon with a seatbelt on a person) that will appear?
Volt 1 has the indicator above the rear view mirror, which is why it is easy to miss. A bit annoying that it does that sometimes, seems like they could work around that situation. It is what it is though, if you have a heavy bag try setting it on the floor instead or on the back seat.
 

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Yes, my bag that I carry for work is 30-40 pounds. There's no indication (red icon with a seatbelt on a person) that will appear?
On my g1, there is an indicator on the cluster of stuff above the rear view mirror. The passenger airbag indicator will flash or do something when the bonging starts. I'm not sure if it is there on a g2 as I have never sat in one (resistign the temptation)

My bag now goes on the passenger floor, not the seat as a result. Wow a 30-40 pound bag? You need a lighter laptop and lighter load. My laptop is less than 3 pounds and I carry the bare minimum.
 

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The car should accommodate me, not the other way around. In terms of usefulness, this behavior isn't very useful.

I don't need an audible or visual indication about the passenger seatbelt. None of the cars I've owned has an audible indication for the passenger seatbelt. Some have had a visual indication, which is fine. The passenger seatbelt latch is within inches of my right arm and I'm able to visually verify if it's latched or not.

If they wanted to make something useful, provide the driver with an indication of the rear seat passenger seat belts. Why? Because some kids forget to put them on or maybe don't latch them all the way. Turning around to check a kid that's behind the driver seat isn't the easiest thing to do.

If there were indications for the rear seat passengers, simply checking for seatbelt lights would be much easier (and safer, especially if the kid takes it off in the middle of a drive) but that makes too much sense. Instead they want to annoy you with the seat belt that you can see and touch.
 

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No bongs in my car - at least not since university in the seventies. I just tried it with a fairly heavy deposit bag on the passenger seat and all I got was the light near the mirror. Perhaps this was an 'enhancement' added post-2012.
 

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No bongs in my car - at least not since university in the seventies.
I didn't want to be the first to do that, but hitting the bong leads to more bonging.

Driver's seat yes, passenger seat no.
Things evolve in the automotive safety arena. You wanted to know why and now you do.
 

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The gen 2, has a speed limit you can preset to a speed, I have my volt set to 38, dings when I reach that speed. Helps for city driving. ��
 

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All of my Fords warned when there was something between a certain weight range in the passenger seat. Generally related to the passenger airbag. This is a legitimate safety concern for those who might put a smaller child in the front seat, and therefore a reasonable thing to bong at you.

The passenger airbag was one of the most difficult bongs to identify for me on my Gen 2 Volt. Took me weeks or longer.

Something bongs and I naturally look at the speedometer area, but there are a couple of warning lights, seatbelt and airbag, up above the rearview mirror on the OnStar controls.



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I don't need an audible or visual indication about the passenger seatbelt. None of the cars I've owned has an audible indication for the passenger seatbelt.
Be glad it's not a Toyota. One of the few things I disliked about my old Highlander Hybrid is that if there was a passenger (or heavy item) in the passenger seat, if you went past about 5 MPH the seat belt alarm would come on for about 10 seconds, then get faster for about 30 seconds, and then finally give up. It drove me crazy.
 
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