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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,333 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.

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2012 Chevrolet Avalanche seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2012 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 012016


  • 62,000 miles


The dashboard cracked over the instrument panel and over the passenger side airbag. This is the second Avalanche that I have owned that cracked in the same location; previous year was a 2007.

- Irmo, SC, USA

problem #2

Jun 012015


  • 21,000 miles
Service airbag light came on when I released the emergency brake while on a hill, te vehicle only had 21,000 miles on it when this happened, dealer says it will cost about $1,000 to replace the SDM due to a failed current in the SDM, this vehicle has never been in an accident or air bags deployed, the warranty just ran out but still well below the allotted mileage. The dealer says the air bags will not work in the event of an accident.

- Murrells Inlet, SC, USA

problem #1

Jun 162014


  • 26,000 miles
The steering wheel is difficult to turn or control, went to dealership to fix the problem. After the dealership allegedly fix the problem, we had continued problems with the steering (controlling the steering wheel) and then the transmission caused the vehicle to jump or skip gears, causing the vehicle to be difficult to control. Took it back to the dealership and they were to busy to help us. All of the aforementioned defects caused my husband to lose control of the truck and ultimately flew off the road and vehicle flipped over (roll over).

- Grand Terrace, CA, USA

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