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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 3
Average Mileage:
57,429 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Chevrolet Tahoe seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 162009

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 126,000 miles


2001 Chevy Tahoe; rear passenger seat belts does not retract, the seat belt has to be manual adjusted with a screw driver and doing so cracked the panel. Was only one side but over the years now it is both side. One side just will not retract at all anymore. I have read complaints from other people having the same issue thought it was just us but it must be a manufacture defect. Do not like that they do not retracting if we get in an accident and does not protect our son! thanks

- Palm Bay, FL, USA

problem #6

Feb 162013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
My son and I was in an accident Saturday February 16. My right front tire went off the road and I tried to correct it when my back right tire went off the road and I tried to correct and went to the left when my left back tire dug into the earth and caused my truck to flip over. When the truck flipped over my son was ejected from the vehicle and he was wearing his seat belt but the belt came undone. Also in the rollover no side air bags deployed when if they did it might have kept him in the vehicle. Beware is all I can say.

- Greenville, IN, USA

problem #5

Dec 032006

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles
- the vehicle owns a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated the vehicle was in a head on collision while driving 40 mph. The seat belt failed on the passenger's rear side seat belt. The seat belt assembly failed to secure the passenger during the impact. The passenger was forced into the front passenger seat. The passenger sustained minor injuries. The contact has a police report. The seat belt was replaced, and the contact also has the old seat belt. Updated 02/21/07.

- Hollis, NH, USA

problem #4

Aug 032003


  • miles


On August 3, 2003, christopher moffeit, audrey moffiet and their twin daughters, mackenzi moffiet and mallory moffeit, were involved in a motor vehicle rollover accident while traveling in their 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe. Mackenzie and her sister, mallory, were securely buckled into their child safety seats which were fastened into the backseat of the Tahoe with seatbelts. Forensic evidence indicates that the seatbelt securing mackenzi's child safety seat released during the rollover collision. Mackenzi's child safety seat was ejected from the Tahoe. As a result of the injuries she sustained, mackenzi passed away several days after the accident. Forensic evidence indicates that the seatbelts of christopher and audrey also released during the rollover collision. Both were ejected and died August 3, 2003 as a result of the injuries they sustained in said accident.

- Tyler, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 132003

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
I have had my Tahoe in the the dealer several times. Where to begin. We have had middle seat latches catch and need to be replaced, the front dash and radio bubbled up and peeled...that was replaced. A component in the steering column was replaced when the car would just up and die everytime you turned left. That was replaced. The back window latch broke while on vacation. It too was replaced. All the seat/seatbelt recalls were repaired. Then on 5/18/03 our power steering went out without any warning. They replaced it on 5/19/03 at the dealer. We took it back in on 5/30 with the complaint of it still not "feeling" right. It was hard to turn to the left. They found no problem. Then on 7/13/03 while driving with a car full of boys, then the car died and started on fire. The 2 men, both whom have backgrounds as mechanics that help me said that it the universal joint on the power steering box was rubbing against the positive battery cable. Once it rubbed thru the insulation the car caught fire. They had to disconnect the battery before they were able to tow the car because everytime the wheel moved a little it began sparking again. Also, they had to end up towing it from the front because the steering column wouldn't lock up when the ignition was off, so, they couldn't tow it from the back.

- Olathe, KS, USA

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problem #2

Jan 212003

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
NHTSA#01-V-159-000: Retractors for the 2nd and 3rd row of seats that could be cracked. Consumer has the same problem. This vehicle was not include in the recall due to the VIN#. dealer notified.

- Angleton, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 192002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Passenger side seat belt when used for an large sized adult rachets if the passenger leans forward. The passenger would then have to take the seat belt off and refasten the belt to get it fit properly. The dealership has put a seat belt extender on the passenger side to accomadate the extra length needed. The owner still feels this is not a proper fix for the seat belt.

- Southbury, CT, USA

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