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Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,882 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Chevrolet Avalanche seat belts / air bags problems

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2004 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments

problem #13

Aug 062016


  • 117,000 miles


Service air bag light came on. Research online and found that this is a very common problem and should be recalled for safety reasons.

- Elk Grove Village, IL, USA

problem #12

Apr 062016


  • 225,000 miles
I got in my vehicle to come home. Put the key in the ignition to start the car and as I did, the driver's side air bag exploded in my face. I had not even put the car in gear yet.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #11

Jun 012015


  • 167,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator flashed and remained illuminated. The dealer stated that the driver side air bag module needed replacement. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 167,000.

- Troy, OH, USA

problem #10

Nov 032014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, an elk jumped in front of the vehicle and the contact attempted to avoid a crash. As a result, the contact crashed into a dirt mountain. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact and the front passenger sustained head trauma and upper body injuries. The contact and the front passenger required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #9

Sep 242011

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
Rear ended a SUV at 40 mph without breaking and the air bagsa did not deploy.

- St. Paul, MN, USA

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problem #8

May 232011

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 74,854 miles
Air bag warning light remain on at all times now. Has been an habitual problem with this model year vehicle, yet multiple dealers are unwilling to help with this obvious safety issue.

- Altamonte Springs, FL, USA

problem #7

Jul 052010


  • 126,450 miles


2004 Avalanche service air bag light stays on. Read numerous forums and this should be fixed at no charge due to a safety issue. A lot of Chevy owners are experiencing the same problem.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #6

Feb 222010

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 138,000 miles
I was involved in an accident on 02/22/2010. A very large ice chest flew out of a vehicle several cars ahead of me on the highway. Traffic was going around 55 - 60 mph. The first car slammed on their brakes, trying to avoid the ice chest. The car behind crashed into them and so on. I was the last vehicle in the collision. I stood on my brakes and made every effort to stop before crashing into the truck in front of me. I crashed into the back of the Ford F-250, inflicting minimal damage to their tailgate. The front of my Avalanche was crushed. It was a full front crash - with a little more damage to the driver's side than the passenger side. The front tire on the driver's side was cut in the crash. The passenger side A/C vent was jammed by the accident. I had injury to my C-spine, knees, arms, chest, etc. The air bag should have deployed. I was wearing my seat belt, so I didn't hit the windshield. But had that failed, I would have been more seriously injured. The Avalanche is in the body shop now. There is no warning light, code or other indication of a problem with the air bags. At this point, I have no faith in my air bags in the event of an accident. I'd rather not wait for a fatal accident to prove that there is a problem.

- Vidor, TX, USA

problem #5

Jan 252010


  • 47,000 miles
2004 Chevy Avalanche sir light (service airbag) remains on constantly after several attempts to repair at Chevy dealer. When the service airbag light is on, the airbag system will not deploy airbags if involved in an accident. No death or injury yet and hopefully will not be in an accident while driving back and forth to the dealer over and over again. But how much money and time should you spend on something that is out of your control but could cost you your life if an event occurs that you need the airbag to deploy. Tw*

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #4

Dec 012007

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
We were involved in an accident where we hit another vehicle and then rolled. The air bags never deployed at all and my husbands seat belt let loose before the vehicle had stopped.

- Brasher Falls, NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 092006

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles


: the contact stated while driving 20-35 mph, the vehicle violently vibrated. Total control was lost of the vehicle causing the vehicle to veer into the other lane resulting in the vehicle hitting the side of a mountain. The air bags did not deploy. Prior to this incident, popping noises were heard while turning the steering wheel to the left and right going forward and in reverse. The vehicle was towed to the dealership where the dealership determined the passenger side tie rod was broken. There was damage done to the vehicle. There was not a police report filed.

- Lakehills, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 162005

Avalanche 4WD

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche. The contact has been having problems with air bags ever since last year. The air bag light illuminated every time he took the vehicle to the dealership. They said they fixed it and later the air bag light came on again. The contact took vehicle back to the dealership. The dealership told him that they put sensor on, and done something to the wiring, and every time the air bag light came on. The air bag light has been coming on since August 9, 2004. From the time that the dealer said that they repaired the vehicle was about three weeks and the air bag light came on again. Each time the vehicle was taken tot he dealer they replaced the air bag module.

- Decatur, AL, USA

problem #1

Dec 292004

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,160 miles
Vehicle has had air bag problems, and it has been in and out of the shop since 12/29/2004. They have not been able to fix it. The light comes on that says to service the air bags.

- Lovington, NM, USA

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