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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,600 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 Suburban seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 122005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban. The rotors have been replaced 3 times. The contact had to apply pressure to the brakes in order to stop the vehicles regardless of the driving conditions. The dealer stated that the rotors were corroded at 13,000 miles and replaced them. The failure repeated itself at 18,000 miles. The current mileage was 25,000. The consumer stated wants to be reimbursed for defect repairs and any future repairs due to the defect. The dealer stated recall on seatbelts. Updated 06/26/07

- Shrub Oak, NY, USA

problem #4

Jan 142006

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
1.speedometer faied S daily. It will read 90 mph when I have just began accelerating. Other times it will read 10 mph when I am driving with traffic on the freeway. Problem has not been corrected, dealership advised it was not covered under a recall although they have received numerous complaints. 2. second row middle seat belt failed to retract. Second middle seatbelt fastener got stuck and unable to unfasten seat belt without force. Has not been corrected. 3. paint on radio controls & dashboard is peeling off - paint was originally grey and now some areas are black and other clear with the bright light shining through when the radio is in use. 4. brakes squeek excessively, replaced brakes & pads noise ceased for a month and then began again. 5. rear access door rattles constantly 6. rear access door plastic molding on inside of door cracked 7. front passenger seat belt plastic cover cracked and broke off 8. left rear passenger door light casing cracked and fell off 9. steering makes an abnormal noise when turning.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 292005

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 5 year old child was buckled into the seat belt, he was playing with the seat belt put his legs through the seat belt, he unbuckled the seat belt to untangle and rebuckle, when he unfastened the seat belt the slack went back into the holder, the seat belt being locked would not move until it was completely released, there was no way to release completely since it was around his waist and no way for him to get out, there was not enough slack for him to move, as our fingers would not even fit in between the seat belt and his waist. We had to cut the seat belt to get him out. ****there needs to be a release button so that the seat belts release if this occurs again.*****

- Albany, GA, USA

problem #2

May 122003

(reported on)


  • miles
The rear seat belt locked and had to be cut to release a child from the seat belt.

- Butte, MT, USA

problem #1

Jan 022003

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
The middle position in the 2nd row of seats in a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban Z71 is unsafe for a child safety seat. There is a leather loop (intended to hold the shoulder belt in place when not in use) that alters the path of the seat belt when the child seat is installed. Overtime through wear and tear or in the event of an accident this leather strap may break. This would introduce more slack in the belt and make the seat unsafe.

- Decatur, IN, USA

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