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Print this page Notes: The 2009 Silverado has no defect trends, which is a very good sign now that it's more than a few years old.

A couple model years back, the 2007 Silverado has an oil consumption defect at low mileage (~50k miles) — so far there's only a very few reports of the same problem with the 2009 Silverado.

The 2009 Silverado received poor side impact ratings on models not equipped with the optional side air bags.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,267 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.

2009 Chevrolet Silverado body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2009 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 152014

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the passenger side dashboard cracked where the air bag was located. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the dashboard needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 19,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 4/13/15

- Paris, KY, USA

problem #5

Oct 132014

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,600 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while having the annual service performed, the technician notified that contact that the front bumper was exposed to water causing a shortage in the sensor. The failure caused the air bag light to illuminate and it would prevent the air bag from deploying during a crash. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 76,600. Updated 12/9/14 the consumer stated the left front crash sensor had water damage. The vehicle was repaired. Updated 6/1/2015

- Detour, MI, USA

problem #4

Jul 152014

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Dash board cracked at passenger side airbag, concerned about safety of passenger if bag deploys improperly due to this compromised dash.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #3

Apr 072010

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 10,000 miles


My Chevy truck is a C1500.I also have a crack in the dash above my passenger side air bag on the dash.I noticed it when my truck only had 10,000 miles on it. It's not from the sun because my truck stays in the seems there are many of us that has this issue.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #2

Aug 012014

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
While driving down the highway, heard a noise and then noticed the dash above the airbag had developed an obvious crack that is approximately 1 inch long. Upon closer inspection of the dash, noticed that there is also a hairline crack in the dash above the airbag approximately 4 inches to the right of the first noticed crack.

- Belle Chasse, LA, USA

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problem #1

Oct 012013


  • miles
Cpsc:I13B0038A. 2009 Chevrolet Silverado. Consumer stated the dashboard recently cracked after a recent cold snap of weather. GM offered the consumer a 50% discount, off the $1,000 it would cost to repair it. However, thy would not admit it was a design flaw.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

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