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Crashes / Fires:
11 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
13 / 2
Average Mileage:
68,861 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Dec 262015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 105,647 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. As soon as the vehicle was started, the driver's seat heated up automatically. When the vehicle was turned off, the seat heater activated on high. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminated and remained on for the past two weeks. The failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 105,647.

- Ceder Hill, TN, USA

problem #23

Mar 222010

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving at 25 mph, another vehicle failed to yield. As a result, the contact crashed into the passenger side of another vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained hip and pelvic injuries on the right side that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Greenville, AL, USA

problem #22

Feb 092015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 15 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and failed to respond. As a result, the contact crashed into a tree and the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the brake line was rusted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Saugerties, NY, USA

problem #21

Nov 112014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 144,897 miles


My air bag light came on for no reason and it is not on the recall list. Is there another list for recalls. I have never had a accident or my air bag has never been deployed. Can you tell me if this will be fix though the recall. I'm concerned with driving it without no air bags.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #20

Oct 052006

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that the driver side air bag warning light illuminated. The contact mentioned that the failure was previously repaired in 2007 but the repairs were unknown. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 6,000. Updated 02/04/15 updated 10/6/2015

- Citrus Heights, CA, USA

problem #19

Aug 012008

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • miles
The air bag light has been constantly on and and I do not know if the drivers side air bag will deploy in a crash.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #18

Jul 262014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


The service airbag light came on. Called dealer told me warranty was over. I thought it is a national warranty on airbags because of the being a safety hazard for them to work properly. Updated 4/24/2015

- Towanda, PA, USA

problem #17

Oct 072011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, he crashed into a stoped vehicle on the highway and the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact and two passengers in the second vehicle were transported to a hospital for treatment of injuries. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 85,000.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #16

May 202014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 136,000 miles
The air bag service light and is lit as well as the service center saying it needs service, also has the same brake problems the 2007 and up Silverado where recalled for with the failure of the front ABS sensors. The ABS problem could cause an accident at low speed because everytime you stop the ABS system activates and pulses until stopped at 15 to 20 mph and increases stopping distance. The air bag light is because of a sensor failure in the front end area and requires replacement. From what I read on the internet these are well known safety issues with the model trucks. The other problems with the premature failure of brake lines that have corroded, and the check engine light being on for the ever well known problem of the vacuum solenoid near the full tank. These are constant problems with this yr and other models at GM. They should be recalled.

- Glen Aubrey, NY, USA

problem #15

Jun 022014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl Diesel

  • 174,789 miles
Started the vehicle fasten seat belt exited the carport started to leave my yard had to stop a go back in house turned the vehicle off removed the key went back in the house came back got in the vehicle fasten seat belt started the vehicle put it in drive and the service air bag light flashed several time we out and came back and will not go back out it will flash several time go out and come back on and stay.

- High Springs, FL, USA

problem #14

Mar 032014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 115,000 miles


"service air bag" check engine light on when starting 2006 Silverado; GM dealers diagnosed airbag sensor malfunctioning requires replacement. This safety issue has been reported in 2009 at by others. Called, emailed and twitted GM since 14 May 2014. After 13 phone tags with 4 GM customer care specialists and 2 dealer service reps (include manager) and 5 days, a verbal word from GM "your vehicle is way belong GM's responsibility"...we are 'ticked" around by GM and the dealer with a case # and don't see this safety concern is being addressed by GM. @ GM also has electrical heating/cooling issues with this vehicle. @please be warned that if you are driving a GM vehicle, seriously consider you, your family and anyone else safety on the road! let's not place ours and anyone else on the line again for GM! #sadly after we, the american public have bailed out GM..... :(

- High Ridge, MO, USA

problem #13

Nov 102006

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
My 16 yr old son and 12 yr old son were coming home from school on 11/10/2006, my 16 yr old was driving, he took drivers ed and passed the class with an a+. and when he took his driving part of the test he past with a perfect score the first time. He also raced gokarts, so he knew how to control vehicles and prevent wrecks. When the wreck happened, the truck just went up an embankment, and went throw the air and hit a tree and pealed the roof back like it was a tin can. There was no skid marks, the tire tracks went straight up the bank, like the steering wheel was locked. And not one air bag opened. They were less than a 1/4 of a mile from home. I was at the bus stop waiting on my daughter, I heard the wreck and the alarm from the truck was going off. I went to the site and the alarm was still going off, and the steering wheel was locked. My 12yr old died on site, my 16 yr old died 4 days later. I have known something caused the wreck, but not sure what until now. Now I know with all my heart the switch locked the steering and also made the air bags not work.

- Leesville, SC, USA

problem #12

Jul 262013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 100,000 miles
TL * the contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated while driving approximately 45 mph, the front passenger air bags failed to deploy during a front end crash. The contact, the passenger, and the back seat passenger were taken to the hospital where there were no injuries reported. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic where there was no diagnostic test performed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure and current mileage was 100,000.

- Corsicana, TX, USA

problem #11

Apr 012013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
Rotten brake lines. I looked at the brake lines while changing my oil. My truck has 47K on it. I called GM. They told me that I had to bring it to a dealer. I did. They confirmed that the brake lines are bad and need to be replaced. $1500 also the transmission cooling lines are leaking. I have been through almost all of the brake problems listed on this web cite. ABS light comes on, twice, 2nd time I replaced the left hub bearing assembly. The 1st time the dealer replaced the front ABS sensors. Air bag light comes on, I replaced a bad front air bag sensor, right side. This truck is turning into a money pit!!!!! this new (rotten lines) issue is a safety issue as was the ABS issue. GM needs to do a full recall and replace the brake lines before someone gets killed.

- Putnam Valley, NY, USA

problem #10

Oct 092012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 76,000 miles
The module on the front bumper has become defected and therefore the air bags will not go off during a collision.

- Rye, NH, USA

problem #9

Jul 292012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the anti-theft alarm sounded while the vehicle was parked. The contact discovered that the alarm was triggered by the front air bags deploying independently. The contact stated that the failure caused the radio and the interior lights to also fail. The vehicle was no longer operable and was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The failure and the current mileages were 80,000.

- North Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #8

Jul 282010

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 66,337 miles
My 2006 Silverado 2500 hd air bag did not deploy during my accident on July 28, 2010. I tried sending all information in the mail but, you just sent it back to me. Coping that was sent to me from General Motors of their explanation of they are not the ones responsible for this because they didn't make this product. Not to mention that onstar didn't come on as they show on their tv ads'. if I had not regain conscience. Don't know when they would have found me there where I went off the road just 4 miles from my home. Don't know if anyone would have thought of calling onstar about looking for my truck. If GM vehicles are so safe and lead us to believe how" safe and reliable their vehicles are. Then why? they are not standing behind their parts now. The vehicle was total and the only thing that saved me was my seat belt. Even doe I was still badly injured from my neck to my tail bone. GM doesn't care to own up to no kind of responsibility for anything. I'm still afraid to drive my 2010 camaro because it has the same equipment as the 2006 pickup that I totaled. I drive it whenever I have no choice. When the Dodge truck isn't here. Every other week when my husband needs it. I've sent you all the pictures and some of the letters that GM's [xxx] has sent to me but, you didn't even open it all you did was send it back unopened. What's up with this????????????" my name is: [xxx], my address is:[xxx]; [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Burnsville, NC, USA

problem #7

Apr 152011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Involved in a head on collision with a 15' high rock berm at 50 mph. After hitting the rocks the truck lifted and flipped onto the passenger side. Four of five occupants sustained minor injuries. The airbags failed to deploy during collision.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #6

Aug 012010

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 65,000 miles
Drivers side rear axle and tire came off the vehicle, causing 2006 Silverado to wreck. Air bag did not deploy. We were on the entrance ramp to I-95 when suddenly truck turned toward concrete guard rail. After hitting rail head on and skidding across entrance ramp hitting rail ( several times) vehicle came to a complete stop. Tire and axel were (left rear-driver side) gone. Truck is totaled. Air bag did not deploy.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 162007

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the air bag indicator has remained illuminated for over one year. She found that if the air bag indicator is illuminated, the air bags will not deploy. The dealer has previously repaired the vehicle, but the failure persists. The contact discovered online that there were a couple of consumers with the same issue. The vehicle will be repaired, but the dealer does not know if they will perform the repair. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 43,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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