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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,420 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Avalanche seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 012005

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 20,000 miles


2004 Avalanche service airbag light came on in 2005 dealership replace airbag unit service airbag light came on in 2007 dealership claimed wire needed to be replaced service airbag light came on in 2009 vehicle out of warranty and light now stays on with no apparent fix available started researching forums on the internet and realized the magnitude of the problem and that thousands of other GM vehicles are running into the same issue no deaths from lack of deployment in my truck to report.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #3

Aug 102009


  • 64,680 miles
I have a 2004 Chevy Avalanche which I bought new that was involved in a T-bone collision at approx. 35 mph across the front end of the vehicle. The air bag did not deploy nor did the shoulder harness latch even though I had my seat belt on. I feel this may be a safety concern so I am making you aware of this.problem since I was injured. The car I hit had pulled out of a shopping center acoss in front of me it was a Chevy cavalier, which I hit on the drivers side between the front and rear wheels.

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #2

Feb 012006


  • 45,000 miles
No injuries. Airbag system flashing on and off on dashboard display intermittently. No particular pattern in driving conditions. Took to dealer and paid to have it fixed however after about 5 months it started again. Brought it in a second time and again after about 5 months started again. Dealer claimed it was bad wire and replaced but was also told airbags would not work if in a collision.

- Destrehan, LA, USA

problem #1

Jul 152004

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
Contact complained about air bag system problem. Since vehicle was newly purchased the air bag dash light intermittently went on and off. At allan green Chevrolet sales dealer they tried to correct the defect three times without success. Contact took the vehicle to camino real Chevrolet, and they could not correct the problem either in two attempts. Contact decided to take the vehicle to a third dealer, osama Chevrolet, this one tried four times, and the air bags light continues to come on and off. The road conditions at every incident have been normal. Contact expressed concern about this problem because he had no confidence that the air bags system will work in case of an accident. Updated 02/07/06.

- Pico Rivera, CA, USA

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