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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
180,727 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Chevrolet Tahoe seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #11

Aug 082016


  • 170,000 miles


While driving for about 3 minutes on street the Tahoe started to smell like smoke, we then noticed smoke coming out of the air conditioning vents in a matter of seconds there where flames coming out from underneath the glove compartment. The car caught on fire and the air bag deployed. The dash board was completely melted from the fire, the front windshilled shattered with force towards the back of the truck.

- New Milford, CT, USA

problem #10

Nov 252015


  • 199,000 miles
The contact owned a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that while attempting to make a left turn at 10 mph, an oncoming vehicle crashed into the passenger side of the contacts vehicle. As a result, the vehicle flipped several times and the air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained minor injuries to the back and head that required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was deemed totaled. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 199,000.

- Marksville, LA, USA

problem #9

Aug 172015


  • 122,807 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. Upon starting the vehicle, there was a beeping sound and the service air bag warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 122,807.

- Grand Junction, CO, USA

problem #8

Aug 112015


  • 131,000 miles


The contact owned a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. While driving approximately 50 mph, the rear driver side wheel became detached from the vehicle and caused the contact to lose control of the vehicle. The contact crashed into a wooden pole, which crashed through the front window. The vehicle flipped over three times and landed upside down. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained broken bones and injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to the towing company. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 131,000.

- Knightdale, NC, USA

problem #7

Feb 072015

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
On February 7th the driver side airbag spontaneously deployed as my family and I were driving home from the store. We contacted GM to find out if there were any recalls on our vehicle. We were instructed there were not and we should contact GM customer service. On February 11th they had us take our vehicle to a GM dealership where they conducted and investigation to determine why. GM returned our vehicle to us on March 3rd stating the airbag deployment was caused by shorted wires in the wiring harness. Since our vehicle was returned to us we have had several more issues that were not present prior to the airbag deployment. The driver seat is stuck in one position, the rear windows will not work, the rear locks will not work, the fuel system is leaking gas, and the battery is dead, even having to be jump started when it was returned to us. General Motors refuses to do anything to correct the problems, stating these problems are not a manufacturer defect. However, when the airbag blew, while we were driving down the road, there was significant smoke inside the dash, we believe the airbag burnt/shorted the wires after it deployed. GM claim number [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Wolcott, IN, USA

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problem #6

Jul 012014


  • 88,000 miles
I have a 2005 Chevy Tahoe, which recently I have been having many problems, I was wondering if there any recall notices for this vehicle...service air bag light is on...ABS light is belts on middle section does not work correctly, it gets stuck many times...steering sometimes gets stiff.

- Montgomery, IL, USA

problem #5

May 122014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • miles


The service air bag light came on, ay this time I don't know weather or not my air bags are working I also have side air bags. So I don't know which ones not working and wasn't aware that air bag need servicing at no time. I need help on this I never owned a car that you have to service air bags without the bags being deployed.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #4

Sep 092013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 1,000,190 miles
I took my 2005 Chevy Tahoe in for a service lite. I was informed that the under dash connectors for the airbag system needed to be replaced or the airbags would not work in an accident, at a cost of just over $500. I asked what the exact problem was and was told that the connector was loose and not making connect. I then did some basic research on the web looking for recalls and such and found several reports of collisions involving 05 Tahoe where the airbags did not deploy at speeds exceeding 35mph. I was also informed that GM already had an upgraded connector set to replace the bad ones as the problem has been seen more than once. It appears to me that GM knows that a manufacturing defect is at fault, they have identified the problem and made an upgraded replacement part and have no problem charging consumers $500 to replace the parts. In the meantime people are driving the vehicles and I guess, hoping the airbag will deploy in the event of an accident, which is not the case in several crashes. I have no way to check what vehicles / model years those connectors were used on but, it seems like there is a problem here that should be looked at before more accidents become fatal. My wife was saved by her airbag being deployed in a previous accident, I am glad we did not find out the hard way this one would not have been there for her.

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

problem #3

Jan 242013


  • miles
2005 Chevy Tahoe was in an accident and hit front drivers side into dirt embankment at 35-40 mph push drivers side tire back about 3" and buckled hood and fender and the airbags didn't go off.

- Ingleside, IL, USA

problem #2

Feb 132012

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The "service stability" warning message displayed, ABS warning light, tc tire deflation, and brake failure light. The first failure occurred on or about February 13, 2012. I took the vehicle to the Chevrolet dealership immediately and the repair was completed by March 27, 2012 after 3 attempts. The computer tester was alleged to show that the ebcm had failed and was replaced. This did not clear the defect and the same warnings continued when ever the car was washed or became wet from rain. The defect was said to be in the wire that powered the ebcm in the proximity of the firewall. The wire was stated to be frayed. When the wire was replaced the problem was corrected. I am concerned that the wire may have been damaged from abrasion near the firewall combined with corrosion from road salt. This could have lead to failure of the ABS, airbags, and stability control at a time when it is most needed.

- East Amherst, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 122009


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 55 mph, the vehicle crashed into a deer but the air bags did not deploy. There was extensive damage to the vehicle. A police report was filed. The dealer stated that the vehicle could be inspected at the contact's expense. The body damage had been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 75,000. The current mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Eubank , KY, USA

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