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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,689 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.

2008 Chevrolet Corvette seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments

problem #17

Mar 162016


  • miles


Airbag light is on. Connector under drivers seat wiring is too short and wire bundle pulled with seat movement. Bundle frayed and one wire pulled out. The seat moves in and out every time I get into and out of the car. Owned the car since new and dealer had removed the seat for service several years ago, possibly reinstalled incorrectly.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #16

Jan 122016


  • 15,600 miles
Airbag readiness red warning light on dash stays lit. Cause appears to be faulty or loose wiring/connector underneath seat.

- Redwood City, CA, USA

problem #15

Jan 142016


  • 28,000 miles
Air bag light on instrument panel goes on and off. Came on yesterday then went off again. Seems like this may be caused by the seat moving to different positions. I contacted other people with this same style vehicle and they are having the same problem. All the dealer wants to do is change parts for a lot of money. With as many complaints they are getting this should be corrected. Light came on when car was started. The car has a memory seat that moves back when the driver exits the vehicle..

- Bay City, MI, USA

problem #14

Sep 122015


  • miles


Airbag sign stays on for no reason. When the car is in motion.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #13

Nov 182014


  • miles
The driver owned a 2008 Chevrolet Corvette. While driving at approximately 65 mph, the driver crashed into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. During the crash, the driver was ejected from the vehicle and suffered trauma to the head, a fractured right ankle, and various traumas to the body that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The cause of the failure was not determined. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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problem #12

Nov 182014


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owned a 2008 Chevrolet Corvette. While driving at approximately 63 mph, the contact's vehicle crashed into another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy and the vehicle caught fire. The contact sustained a broken ankle, and internal and external injuries to the face and head that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #11

Sep 142014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 39,240 miles


Driving along at 45mph and the airbag indicator light came on. It has been coming on intermediately for a while now...

- Ridgefield, NJ, USA

problem #10

Aug 052011

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
Starting on or around August 2011 my air bag light comes on. It has come on and off intermittently since then. The fix is to jiggle the connector under the seat and then zip tie it. That normally last about 6 months or more but it always comes back. I am concerned that my air bag will not deploy in a severe frontal impact. The dealer is well aware of this problem and says it is something I am going live with. The problem I have with that is I am afraid it might be something I am going to have to die with.

- Tarpon Springs, FL, USA

problem #9

Jul 012014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 39,500 miles
Driver's side air bag dash warning light illuminated.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #8

Jun 132013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 37,045 miles
The air bag readiness light stays on intermittently with the frequency increasing. As of today, 08/15/14 it is on constantly. I have no idea if this is just a warning failure or if there is really a problem with the air bag system.

- Canaan Valley, WV, USA

problem #7

Jul 072014


  • 21,000 miles


I keep getting a red light on the dash saying the air bag is not active. I have found that by wiggling the connector under the driver's seat the light goes out. I suspect there is a bad connector and it never fails while I am at the dealership. The Chevy dealership says their is no recall and they want at least $125 to strait checking. The Chevy dealership says their is no recall and they want at least $125 to strait checking but they don't know of a fix.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #6

Jun 252014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
Started my car after getting off work. Looked at my gauges before pulling out only to notice that my airbag indicator light staying lit. Turned the car on and off but the light continued to stay lit. Drove home with airbag light on. Upon further investigation on the internet.... there are a multitude of people with the same issues. The airbag light staying on appears to be caused via a faulty harness connection located under the seat. Seems that Buick's (a GM built model car) have had the same issues but were recalled for the exact same thing. The fact that the airbag light is on means that the airbags will not deploy in an accident causing them to be useless and may lead to severe/fatal injury. Chevy is well aware regarding this issue because they have other model vehicles with the same seat harness configuration where recalls have been performed but has not done a recall on this safety feature on the Corvette. This issue poses a sever safety hazard that requires immediate attention.

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #5

Aug 312009

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 10,626 miles
Air bag warning light came on. Fixed under warranty. Problem recurred on 10-2-12. Fixed by dealer. Now coming on intermittently. Could be very serious issue if it not just an errant code problem.

- Adams Center, NY, USA

problem #4

Jun 022014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
The air bag light has gone on.....and off for many miles.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #3

Jan 162013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 79,047 miles
Air bag warning light comes on intermittently.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 112013


  • 87,250 miles
The air bag comes on at some higher speeds or hard acceleration.

- Corsicana, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 232013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 47,400 miles
The airbag readiness light comes on. This problem has previously been repaired by the dealer. A search of the Corvette forum indicates this is a common problem with the 2005 to 2013 Corvette.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

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