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: This might be the Tahoe sweet spot. The 2013 has a great safety rating (as long as you don't roll it over), tons of room and few complaints. What it doesn't have is the interior accessory problems of the older or newer generations.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,516 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.

2013 Chevrolet Tahoe seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 202016


  • miles


The dashboard has cracked next to the passenger side airbag decreasing structural integrity of the dash and increasing the risk of plastic shards being ejected at the passenger during airbag deployment. Manufacturer is aware of the issue and refuses to replace dashboard. Vehicle is on 3 years old

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #6

May 072015


  • 37,000 miles
The dashboard has cracked next to the passenger side airbag decreasing structural integrity of the dash and increasing the risk of plastic shards being ejected at the passenger during airbag deployment. This is a well documented defect affecting multiple models and years that share the same dashboard design. The manufacturer is aware of the issue and refuses to voluntarily address the problem.

- Shepherdsville, KY, USA

problem #5

Oct 012015


  • 40,000 miles
Cracked dash dash is cracked in the area of the passenger side airbag. This poses a safety concern in the event of an airbag deployment as fragments of broken dash would become projectiles within the cab of the vehicle

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #4

Nov 142015


  • 40,000 miles


2013 Chevy Tahoe, defective cracked dashboard. Safety issue could result in defective or unsafe deployment of air bag, not cosmetic according to several other reports. Driver side, behind cluster.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 252016


  • 44,000 miles
Dash is cracking around passenger airbag. Vehicle is garage kept and a sun visor used when parked in the sun. This vehicle has never been in a collision and none of the air bags have ever deployed in this vehicle. The crack seems cosmetic but given the location, I am concerned about the integrity of the air bag assembly

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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problem #2

Aug 022014


  • 66,613 miles
This vehicle was purchased from mac haik Chevrolet in houston, tx. Only one key was provided during the vehicle purchase. The other key was promised in an "we owe you" statement, but never received. At some point in time, it is believed the 2nd key was used to access this vehicle at undisclosed location(s) and or time(s) in addition to onstar app access. The vehicle began to make rubbing sounds when turning corners and losing a little power. In July 2014, I noticed my vehicle seemed to shake when going over speed bumps in a manner inconsistent with the way it normally went over speed bumps most times after vehicle delivery. In addition to, the engine seemed to be idling too high at no speed and in a manner inconsistent with the way it performed most times after vehicle delivery. Also, the dashboard is cracked around the airbag. In August 2014, I went back to the dealer for inspection of these problems. I was informed repairs were made to the front differential of the vehicle and the transmission was overfilled. I was provided a statement of the work, but I felt the verbal explanation for the work was too vague being my vehicle was in the shop for approx. 2 weeks. On or about October 1, 2015 I contacted the General Motors Chevrolet customer representative at the phone number listed on as (800) 222-1020. In this phone conversation, I was informed repairs were not done to the front differential, but to the rear differential and or powertrain. No warranty repair information was on file for any such repairs to the front powertrain. I contacted upper management with the dealership and there was no assistance provided to me in proactively resolving this discrepancy. I believe this vehicle may be hazardous based on the discrepancy of repairs and supplemental death insurance for me being attached to this vehicles VIN without my knowledge.

- Rosharon, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 112014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, another vehicle crashed into the front passenger side of the contact's vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The driver and the four passengers in the vehicle sustained whiplash that did not require medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed, but the body damages were repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Nacogdoches, TX, USA

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