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Crashes / Fires:
12 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
17 / 0
Average Mileage:
108,028 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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2001 Chevrolet Suburban seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #14

Sep 052015


  • 132,945 miles


While travelling on the highway at approximately 50 mph, vehicle struck an adult deer - front end square hit offset to passenger side. Front passenger lights, grill, radiator supports, bumper, side fender, and hood all severely damaged. Airbags did not deploy. Damage to the vehicle ended up at $4,386.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #13

Jun 182015


  • 270,000 miles
The contact owned a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban. While driving at 55 mph uphill, the contact depressed the brake pedal and the vehicle hydroplaned. As a result, the contact crashed into the rear of a pick-up truck. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. There was one injury that required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 270,000.

- Granby, MO, USA

problem #12

Jun 152015


  • 260,000 miles
My son was driving and rear ended a man going approximately 50 mph. The front end sustained a great deal of damage, including, but not limited to, the engine being pushed back several inches. The air bags did not deploy. My son sustained minor whiplash type injuries to his neck and back.

- Granby, MO, USA

problem #11

Jan 292014

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • 160,000 miles


On January 29, 2014, my husband was driving my Suburban traveling on a snow and icy road when the Suburban begin to spin and went down an embankment. He was trapped in the vehicle between the steering wheel and windshield. He was wearing the shoulder and lap belt.the air bags did not deploy. Two other passengers in the vehicle had only minor injuries. The Tennessee traffic report I received stated: Airbag available-no deployment.

- Blaine, TN, USA

problem #10

May 122014

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 144,000 miles
I was driving on May 12 from fillmore ca to lax airport I was on freeway 5 passing valencia by the exit of freeway 14 when a white ban hit their brakes I did the same thing but I think the brake of my car did work properly and I lost control of my car so I went to the left line and a grey civic hit me on my driver side by the front tire I had my two kids with me they were so scare because I was blinding from my head my air bags never came on if you have any please call [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Fillmore, CA, USA

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problem #9

Jan 252013

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 235,000 miles
I was on my way to work on 1/25/2013. Coming through an intersection I was struck on the drivers side by an 18 wheeler. I woke up in the hospital almost a month later. Pictures of my vehicle show that my airbags did not deploy. Good thing I had my seat belt on. Md say the bruising to heart other internal injuries would have been prevented had airbags deployed.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #8

Jan 052012

Suburban 8-cyl

  • miles


My son was driving my 2001 Suburban at 45 mph. A car ran the red light and clipped the front drivers side of my Suburban causing my truck to flip, skid a 1/2 mile on it's side down the street and then hit a electric pole before it came to rest. None of my air bags deployed!!!

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #7

May 182010


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban. The contact stated that on May 18, 2010, while driving at 45 mph, the vehicle collided with an oncoming vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. The vehicle sustained extensive damages and was towed from the scene. The contact and passengers sustained injuries and were taken to the hospital. A police report was filed. The contact had not called the dealership or the manufacturer at the time of the complaint. The failure and current mileages were approximately 105,000.

- Bixby, AL, USA

problem #6

Nov 142004

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles
November 2004 I had an auto accident, I was driving home late at night after my husband and I had been out to dinner with a friend on leave from the military. We were on the way to pick our kids up from my parents and it was misting outside. I was on a 4 lane highway traveling southbound on the far inside left hand lane, the next thing I knew I was facing the police station head-on at 35 mph. I tried to correct the wheel and my husband also grabbed the wheel and tried to correct it, didn't work I think the wheel broke because we crashed into the police station. I had to kick my door open and run inside to have them call an ambulance, my husband was pinned against the wall, his face busted the passenger window out, and the dash, the radio and glove box was in our lap and the windshield shattered. We were wearing seatbelts and the front and side was totaled but the air bags did not deploy. The only working doors were the back hatch and the rear driver side door, the passenger door was caved in on my husband and he was forced across the console he had to be pulled from the auto. He was transported to the er and ended up missing weeks of work from his injuries, I refused treatment with only my knee and foot hurt. I was found not at fault and no tickects were wrote. We had been having front end problems that Chevy mechanics and other mechanics could not explain. Yes they saw and heard the problem but didn't know how or have a way to fix it, I believe that is why we crashed something with the front end. I reported to the police that my husband grabbed the wheel trying to correct it but they wrote it as he grabbed me causing the wreck; needless to say I corrected the error but they didn't correct their report. I contacted Chevy about the incident and wanted to know why my airbags didn't deploy, they called me on a Sunday but nothing was ever done.

- Pryor, OK, USA

problem #5

Dec 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
After taking my truck in for a complete fuel system cleaning service, I started to hear a rattling sound every time I turned on the ac. I took it back to the dealership (capital Chevrolet in montgomery, Alabama) thinking that they forgot to tighten up something -- only to find out I need a new ac compressor. I overheard the service technician say that there is a bulletin out on this. I called the 800# but have not gotten a response in over a week. I was told by 2 independent service mechanics that this is a major problem with that the Suburban and Tahoe!!! December 2002. Attempted to stop suddenly. Brakes locked and the car went into a terrible skid. Was unable to control the brakes by pumping. The car eventually skidded off the road into a ditch causing tremendous front-end damage. Air bags never deployed. Car was going about 25 miles/hour when brakes were applied.

- Tuskegee, AL, USA

problem #4

Feb 142004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,450 miles


Airbag warning light comes on and stays on when vehicle was at idle. Came on 1 week to the day that the ABS module short-circuited and failed resulting in a $765 reoair bill. Vehicle in operation for only 28 months with 45,000 miles on the vehicle.

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 272003


  • miles
While driving 60 mph vehicle was involved in a head on collision and air bags did not deploy.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 042003


  • miles
While driving about 65mph on the highway and without priorwarning air bag light appeared on the dashboard.

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #1

Mar 212001

(reported on)


  • miles
No deployment of the air bag during accident causing the consumer to jam his hand on the steering wheel and to injure his back. Nlm

- Pickens, MS, USA

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