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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,585 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.

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2008 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 232014


  • 58,000 miles


Went out to take granddaughter to school & noticed 2 cracks in my dash. 1 is on passengers side above airbags & the other is on drivers side above cluster.

- Baltimore , MD, USA

problem #5

Apr 072011

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 19,606 miles
Back in April 7 2011 found a crack on the dashboard passenger side next to the passenger airbag. Dashboard was replaced do to still under manufacturer warranty at the dealer where truck was bought. Truck at that time had 19606 miles. On April 1 2015 found a huge crack on the driver side of the dashboard. Truck only has 49577 miles. Manufacturers needs to replace this part properly.

- Delano , CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 222014


  • 40,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche. The contact stated that the dashboard fractured and separated, which created sharp edges. The contact indicated that the separation was located near the passenger side air bag. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 40,500.

- Riverside , CA, USA

problem #3

May 012012


  • 90,000 miles


I bought my vehicle in may of 2012 with about 85,000 miles on it. At the time there was two small cracks in the dashboard, (1) starting from the front edge of the dashboard going around the rounded area covering/above the gauges, and (1) smaller crack going from the corner of the airbag-rectangle to the front edge of the dashboard. The cracks have continued to grow and have become a problem that will require them to be fixed/replaced/covered.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #2

Aug 012012

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 65,400 miles
Multiple dashboard cracks in the proximity of the passenger airbag could cause deployment failure during airbag deployment. This vehicle airbag system is compromised by these cracks. Thousands of GM trucks are affected by cheap dashboard materials that crack within a few months or years of sale. This vehicle has multiple cracks. Many websites and multiple social media sites have been actively discussing this problem yet GM is ignoring the customers. We urge NHTSA to recall these vehicles and force GM to replace these dangerous and defective dashboards. GM continues to exhibit outrageous and irresponsible behavior even after multiple recalls for so many other problems.

- Ramona, CA, USA

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problem #1

Oct 042013


  • 48,003 miles
Dashboard cracked against passenger side airbag. This appears to be a known issue with GM that they refuse to correct. Because of this crack/deformity will the airbag deploy correctly, or will that piece of plastic become a projectile?

- Freeport, IL, USA

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