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.

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Print this page Notes: It's roomy, but very poor gas mileage for its class.

The EPA estimates 14MPG around town, but you'd be lucky to break double digits if you like A/C or have any hills in your town.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,218 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.

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2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #11

Oct 192016


  • 43,396 miles


Dash I was cleaning the vehicle I noticed that a crack had formed on the passenger side right above the airbag

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #10

Aug 152016


  • 100,000 miles
My dash board is cracked in two locations, one above the passenger seat airbag. I am concerned that it will cause injury if the air bag is inflated. The vehicle is in excellent condition and has been in no accidents. The dashboard material is defective and has failed.

- Montgomery, TX, USA

problem #9

Mar 012016


  • 42,000 miles
There is a large crack in dashboard above the steering wheel. The vehicle is garage kept and we have found this is a common problem with our model. We feel that in a collision the dash could splinter and sharp edges could cause injuries to driver and passengers. The manufacturer believes this would not happen. However, how can they account for an infinite number of variables in an accident? we were offered a discount for a repair at the dealership, yet the amount was still near $600. It is a safety issue and we shouldn't incur any costs!

- Beckley, WV, USA

problem #8

Sep 032016


  • 35,000 miles


Vehicle was stationary and I noticed a crack in the dash board right on the passenger side air bag. Thru some research I came across a pending class action lawsuit for this issue affecting thousands of GM customers. This vehicle has only 35,000 miles on it.

- Cramerton, NC, USA

problem #7

Aug 312016


  • miles
2 cracks around front passenger side airbag dash board. Happened within the past month.

- Bells, TN, USA

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problem #6

Aug 012016


  • 69,000 miles
Rear door are not draining. The drain holes are plugged due to the outside. The rear doors fill up with water.

- Kingston, NY, USA

problem #5

Jul 062016


  • 91,000 miles


The dashboard on the driver's side above the odometer has cracked, as well as the dashboard on the passenger's side on left hand corner of the airbag. The vehicle is well taken care of and never taken off road. I noticed the cracks when I got into my vehicle one morning. The cracks just seemed to appear overnight.

- Scottsboro, AL, USA

problem #4

Dec 202015


  • 59,000 miles
Dash board on drive and passengerside are crack

- Sylmar, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 142016


  • 42,000 miles
Two cracks in the dashboard, one major crack above the instrument panel and the other with the passenger airbag. Vehicle only has 42K miles on it and has been meticulously taken care of. Larger crack above instrument panel is spreading, can hear it cracking when driving or staring up the car.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #2

Mar 052016


  • 75,000 miles
One morning I came out to find a 1/4 inch crack in the dashboard in front of the instrument panel. After a couple days it grew to about an inch. I keep the truck in showroom condition and am shocked to find how common this is on $64,000 trucks within 1-3 years of ownership. It's unacceptable. My 1998 Tahoe interior was perfect and it had 300,000 miles. The crack appeared overnight.

- Newburyport, MA, USA

problem #1

Aug 092014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
While turning left (Tahoe) with a protected green arrow at an X-shaped intersection, vehicle (Kia sedan) at fault failed to yield and entered the intersection at speeds upwards of 40 mph from the left of the Tahoe. Front-impact collision occurred; due to the shape of the intersection and the velocity of the impact, Tahoe struck passenger side of Kia sedan. Trajectory of impact caused directional changes in upwards of 90* for both vehicles; the force of the primary accident described above also caused mentioned vehicles to collide with left rear of another vehicle (Honda sedan), causing near 360* rotation of the Honda sedan. Due to the force of impact, front & side airbags deployed on both the Kia sedan and the Honda sedan, but failed to deploy on the Tahoe. Scene indicated that the Kia sedan made no attempt to brake or decrease speed prior to collision; posted speed limit at intersection is 40 mph. Force was such that after the collision, Tahoe transmission was in drive, but remained at a complete stop. Damage sustained on the Tahoe include front-end body damage, engine damage (vehicle required towing and was inoperable), and frame damage, at a minimum. In addition, engine service lights as well as onstar vehicle diagnostic reports indicate that the airbag system, antilock braking system, and the stabilitrak stability control system also sustained damage and require attention. Multiple first-responders commented on the oddity that, given the damage sustained by the Tahoe and the velocity at impact, the airbags deployed on all vehicles but the Tahoe.

- The Colony, TX, USA

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