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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
15 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
18 / 4
Average Mileage:
100,250 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Tahoe seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #18

Jun 072011

Tahoe

  • 73,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owned a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe. While driving at approximately 45 mph, the contact crashed into a guard rail. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained a fractured collar bone, several broken ribs, head trauma, brain bleeding, and strokes. The contact was placed into a medically induced coma and on a respiratory machine, but later died. The vehicle was towed to a savage yard. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 73,000.

- Cheney, WA, USA

problem #17

Mar 102015

Tahoe

  • 200,999 miles
The contact owned a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact crashed into another vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. In addition, the contact stated that the seat belt restraint failed to operate. The contact sustained a fractured rib and contusion to the sternum that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 200,999.

- Riceboro, GA, USA

problem #16

Nov 072014

Tahoe

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, another vehicle crashed into the contact's vehicle causing the vehcle to spin and become uncontrollable. In addition, another vehicle crashed into the vehicle causing it to roll over several times before crashing into a guard rail. The air bags failed to deploy. The driver sustained critical injuries and the front passenger sustained fatal injuries. Both the contact and front passenger required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Dexter City , OH, USA

problem #15

Jun 072011

Tahoe

  • 72,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that the driver crashed into a guard rail and the air bags failed to deploy. The driver sustained massive head trauma, broken ribs and bleeding from the brain, resulting in a fatality. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact was unaware if the vehicle was diagnosed of the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 72,000.

- Cheney, WA, USA

problem #14

Jul 262014

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 200,000 miles
Hit a tree on entire pass side and no airbags deployed.

- Atoka, OK, USA

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problem #13

Jun 072011

Tahoe

  • 73,000 miles
TL - the contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that while the driver was driving at 45 mph and attempted to avoid a crash with another vehicle. As a result, the driver crashed into a guardrail and the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact was taken to a hospital and sustained injuries to the ribs, the collar bones, a brain trauma and a collapsed lung. The driver suffered from fatal injuries. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 73,000.

- Cheney, WA, USA

problem #12

Aug 232014

Tahoe

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe. While driving approximately 40 mph, the contact lost control of the vehicle while proceeding around another vehicle. The contact crashed the front passenger side of the vehicle into a ditch. The vehicle flipped over multiple times and landed upside down. The radio was ejected from the vehicle and the steering wheel fractured. The contact was pulled out of the vehicle by another individual. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained a sprained shoulder and memory loss that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a junk facility. The vehicle was not diagnosed and the manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Dillwyn, VA, USA

problem #11

Jul 252014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
2002 Tahoe lt was traveling South on two lane road when right front tire hit soft shoulder. Car left road and traveled about 200 feet before hitting a power pole. Car struck pole just behind left front tire. Impact sheared the pole off and the car rolled onto driver's side, then slid about another thirty to fifty feet. No airbags deployed. Driver struck face on steering wheel, cutting forehead and received other facial injuries. Left leg was broken in four places and driver was pinned in car for one an one half hours. The vehicle was a total loss.

- Silverdale, WA, USA

problem #10

Jul 082014

Tahoe

  • 285,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe. While driving 45 mph, the contact's vehicle was rear ended by another vehicle. And crashed into a guard rail. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and the vehicle was destroyed. The contact's head struck the steering wheel and he was transported to the hospital by ambulance. The contact sustained spinal cord and neck injuries. The doctor X-rayed the contact and diagnosed him with burning paresthegic, hyper-esthesia, and central cord syndrome. The contact was released from the hospital two days after the crash. The failure mileage was 285,000.

- Port Arthur, TX, USA

problem #9

Apr 012009

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
In 2009 my ignition switch would not work.I would try 3 or 4 times to start the car and it would finally start. It occurred driving for about 1 hour over bumpy roads. I had weseloh Chevrolet diagnose it but they couldn't identify the problem. Finally they installed a new ignition switch and charged me 425.oo and it still shuts off. Now I fin D out they knew about this in 2003.my car is unsafe.they installe another defective ignition switch. The dealership is in carlsbad California.their phone number is[xxx] please help. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #8

Feb 142013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 198,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Traffic stopped in front of me unexpectedly, I swerved to avoid car in front of me and hit concrete wall. Air bags did not work. My face hit steering wheel, causing injury to nose and mouth.

- Collierville, TN, USA

problem #7

Apr 082012

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 236,000 miles
Rear ended a vehicle going approx. 70 mph and had extensive front end damage however the air bags failed to deploy. Driver hit head on steering wheel and passenger suffered sever head injury.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #6

Aug 132007

Tahoe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My daughter was driving my 2002 Chevy Tahoe when it was side swiped by another car. The car went out of control and rolled three times landing on it's hood. The front or side airbags did not deploy.

- Prosper, TX, USA

problem #5

Mar 202007

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On March 20. 2007 I recieved a letter from onstar telling me that a safety feature that I purchased new with my 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe will not be operable after December 31, 2007. I will no longer have the onstar system to call 911 automatically in case air bag deployment. I understand that there about 2 million owners of GM cars that will have the same problem.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 092006

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 55 mph, the front driver side tire had a blow out, causing the vehicle to hit both guard rails with the front end. The airbags did not deploy. Although the seatbelt was worn, the contact sustained a concussion. There was a police report taken at the scene. The vehicle was towed to an auto body shop, where it was deemed a total loss by the insurance company.

- Belleville, IL, USA

problem #3

Dec 092002

Tahoe 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
12-09-02 front/.side impact. No airbags deployed. 05-24-03 side impact preceeding rollover. No airbags deployed. Seat belt did not restrain driver. Onstar was not notified of accident for safety. Major injuries incurred.

- Rosedale, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 232004

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
On januray 23. 2004, I was rear-ended on the freeway. I was going about 65-70 mph. A person hit me from the rear, he was travelling around 100-110 mph. I lost control of my Tahoe, I went sideways, then I shot forward and hit the center divider( on the center right side of my car) at about 65 mph or faster, I was shot backwards into a guard rail and came off of that and then the Tahoe rolled on to its side, skid for about 30 feet and then it finally stopped. My air bags(front nor side) never depolyed. I feel that if they had my wife nor I would have been injured. I know that they are designed to deploy when you hit sometime like a brick wall at about 10-15 mph. What do you call hitting a cement divider at over 65 mph.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 102002

Tahoe

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The truck hit a wall head on between 33-35 mph. The air bags failed to deploy upon impact allowing the driver to hit the windshield with his head shattering it. General Motors sent someone to diagnose the trucks' condition which the consumer was told "exceptible standards".

- Hopkinton, MA, USA

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