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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
68,400 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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2003 Chevrolet Corvette seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 282014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


On March 28, 2014, I was driving our 2003 Chevrolet Corvette when I failed to see the vehicle in front of me and crashed into the back of the vehicle. For me this amounted to a front end collision. The front of the Corvette was damaged, but that was all. The pier and roof were not damaged. I had the seat belt properly fastened and on impact the shoulder strap did not hold. I was thrown over the air bag and into the windshield actually breaking the windshield with my head, which caused me head and neck injuries. On impact I sustained a fractured cervical spine, for which I have suffered severe pain and may still have to have surgery at this point in time. I have lost valuable work time and have been confined to the house since then. I have pictures of the rod that actually is sticking out of the inside of the vehicle, which is supposed to hold the hardware secure. Obviously, this is why the shoulder strap did not hold. I now have tons of medical bills and am unable to work. I would be happy to make these pictures available to you.

- Salisbury, MD, USA

problem #2

Jun 262010


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that while driving 80 mph, the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a road sign. The fuel tank hit the curb and began leaking which caused the vehicle to burst into flames. The seatbelt locked and the driver could not get out and he died as a result. The fire department and private investigator discovered that the pin in the seatbelt jammed which caused the seatbelt failure. The manufacturer had not been notified. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 53,000.

- Kaaawa, HI, USA

problem #1

Apr 192010

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 32,200 miles
2003 Corvette Z-06 had defective seat belt ( unable to click it in) causing safety issue due to air bags on car and it is illegal to operate vehicle in Florida without working seat belt. When attempted to get replacement, was told this was on back order with 4 people ahead of me waiting for this part. Unable to find replacement through Chevrolet or GM. It took nearly 3 weeks to obtain a replacement and was unable to use car for this time.

- Venice, FL, USA

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