Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.

Print this page


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,444 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.

2009 Chevrolet Tahoe seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #18

Jul 012016


  • miles


I don't understand why GM can put the replacement of takata air bags off and put my family in danger. I understand other car manufactures have already started replacing the defective air bags. Don't they know there is a danger. The statement from GM to me is it is safe to drive my car. If so why do they have a recall at all?

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #17

Jul 082016


  • 110,000 miles
Dashboard on the passenger side has crack and may be hazardous if air bag deploys. This happened while stationary. Other people have told me their Tahoe has the same crack in the exact same place

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #16

Jul 012015


  • 80,000 miles
The dashboard has cracked and repositioned itself. These cracks occurred over a period of 3 weeks until the dash repositioned itself. These cracks occurred in the normal course of driving and parking the vehicle. This repositioning is a direct result of the cracks. The passenger airbag appears to be affected by this condition posing a safety risk to any front seat passenger. These risks include improper deployment of airbag preventing proper passenger protection in a collision and pieces of the dash becoming sharp plastic projectiles if the airbag does deploy causing serious bodily injury and possibly death.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #15

Aug 012016


  • miles


Takata recall. The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V381000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- College Station, TX, USA

problem #14

Jan 012016


  • 90,000 miles
While driving my vehicle I started to hear this cracking sound in which I noticed that the crack was coming across my dashboard. It started on the passenger front side from the airbag and came all the way across to the driver side and up towards steering wheel. Now it just flaps while driving as it is open and exposed and I am very concerned in regards to airbag safety at this point. My Tahoe is in excellent condition might I add. Ironically my sister has the exact same car as me and she has the exact same crack in her dashboard as well starting and ending in the same place.

- Slidell, LA, USA

Search for these popular complaint phrases...

problem #13

Jun 242015


  • 78,000 miles
The dash has cracked in several places. What is alarming is there are cracks around the passenger airbag and if it ever deploys I'm afraid there will be exploding pieces of the dash going everywhere. The passenger seat belt gets tight and will not release until fully retracted.

- Kempner, TX, USA

problem #12

Jun 012015


  • miles


Cracks on dash and corner of passenger side airbag on dash

- Raeford, NC, USA

problem #11

Apr 182016


  • 124,000 miles
Vehicle was moving at normal speed and the dash cracked by the front passenger airbag

- Fort Knox, KY, USA

problem #10

Dec 032015

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
My 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe has developed numerous cracks in the dashboard including around the passenger airbag. My biggest concern is that is I get into an accident, are pieces of the dash going to be shot at/into passenger and/or driver/ I have tried to get GM/Chevrolet to replace and their option was for me to spend $800 to replace their dashboard that has material defects. That does not seem acceptable and I am sure is not practical considering I have read there are thousands of people with the same issue. Can the NHTSA help?

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #9

Nov 012012


  • 80,000 miles
Dashboard is cracking in multiple places, pieces falling off inside dash and rattling. 2 places on dash where passenger airbag deploys. This has happened over the past 3 years and keeps getting worse. Afraid of airbag deployment on passenger side with the cracks on the deployment area and possibly having shards of hard dash pieces flying and hitting/hurting someone else or myself.

- Henderson, TX, USA

problem #8

Oct 012015


  • 108,000 miles


The dash on my Tahoe has broken right next to the passenger air bag. It has actually broken a piece of in the air bag. It is my understanding that this is a common problem with these vehicles as the dash is not structurally sound. My fear is that if the air bag is deployed that shards of plastic will be embedded in the passenger. This is the only defect on the dash and it appears to have happened at the weakest point.

- Clyde, TX, USA

problem #7

Sep 092015


  • miles
The dash board is cracked in three different spots and one is right at the passenger air bag. The dealership will not fix cause it's not under warranty. I feel like this is a safety hazard and GM needs to fix this issue.

- Liberty Hill, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 012014


  • 32,000 miles
My dash has been cracking and I have a crack in between the passenger airbag. I'm very concerned about this problem. I'm afraid that the airbag can deploy and enger my passenger in there face. I've tried to address this issue with the dealership, but I've gotten no help, especially now since my warranty has expired. I really hope I can get some help with this major problem and concern I have with my dash.

- Sun Valley, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 232015


  • 75,000 miles
Vehicle dash cracked on the passenger side. A straight crack in the dash going from the air vent/defroster to the passenger air bag. A complete crack in the dash exists 2-4 inches long.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 052014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Crack in dashboard near passenger airbag.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 012013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
I noticed a crack in my dashboard going to my air bag on the passenger side. The crack in the dashboard could possibly alter the deployment of the passenger airbag and has compromised the integrity of the dashboard as a whole. There have since developed two additional, larger cracks in the dashboard, furthering the dashboard integrity problem. I have reported this to Chevy and GM and they both refuse to accept that this is an ongoing problem. Several hundred people have reported this problem (and countless, unknown people have not reported it, or don't know how to, or where to report it, or who to report it to.) both GM and Chevy refuse to put anything in writing and will only discuss the issue over the phone and have told customers they will not replaced the defective dashboards for free. This is a safety issue and it is an ongoing issue with GM trucks (1500, Tahoe, Suburban, Yukon, etc.)

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 122012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
Cracks in the dashboard of my 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe have been appearing over the past 7 months. GM and Chevrolet refuse to acknowledge a fleetwide problem and will only pay for partial repairs. One of the cracks is in approximation to the passenger side airbag and how the airbag deployment will affect the dashboard (and vica versa) is unknown and worrisome. GM and Chevrolet refuse to pay for a defective part replacement on their vehicles for this issue that affects hundreds, if not thousands of their vehicles.

- Titsuville, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 012010


  • 98,000 miles
The first thing that happened is our right front door lock actuator went out and we just thought it was broken and have not had it fixed and then the service air bag warning light has been coming on for several thousand miles. Then the truck would not start and we replaced the battery but even after doing that there are times when the truck electrical system just goes dead and we can open the hood shake the wires or just wait and it starts working again. Then in the last few thousand miles the " warning light" comes on and a bell starts ringing and then the drive train does not operate correctly. I was on a project and my wife told me all this and she parked the truck and started driving my truck. When I got home I took it to allen samuels Chevrolet and they worked on it and said that the computer showed the air bags and stabilitrac showed something had happened and they reset it or something. I didn't get down the road 10 miles and the "service air bag warning light" came back on. They then wanted $112.50 an hour to try and find out what was wrong. I took it home and a few days later I was driving it and came to a stop and the door locks started going up and down quickly, the stabilitrac light came on, and the truck would not go over about 2 - 3 mph per hour. I pulled over to the side of the road and after a mile or two everything started working again. When we got home I parked the Tahoe and turned it off and the whole electrical system went dead. We couldn't lock the doors. This has happened several times. I have called Chevrolet and they have said they would pay for 1/2 of the problem but you call the dealer and they will not give you a price, they just say it may be this and it may be that. It could cost thousands of dollars. All of these electrical problems are safety issues and could cost one or both of our lives or someone else. "???"

- Robstown, TX, USA

Not what you are looking for?