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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
33 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
31 / 2
Average Mileage:
51,767 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer seat belts / air bags problems

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2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #34

Jun 192010


  • 134,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact was driving in rainy weather when he lost control of the vehicle and rolled over approximately fifteen feet. The air bags did not deploy. The contact was not injured. There was substantial body damage to the vehicle and it was destroyed. A police report was available. Neither the dealer or the manufacturer had been notified. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 134,000.

- Severville, TN, USA

problem #33

Jan 102010


  • 73,576 miles
The check airbag light on my 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer came on and remain. This is the second time this happen. The first time was in 2003 and Chevrolet fixed the problem. This time, I'm being charged. Are there a ten year warranty on airbag. No accident occurred.

- Goose Creeek, SC, USA

problem #32

Mar 262009


  • 93,840 miles
I was in a car accident, where I was traveling at about 35 mph. An aggressive driver speed around me and cut me off and than stomped on this brakes in front of me. Due to that I swerved to miss him clipping his right back light ad bumper with my left headlight and bumper. As I was swerving I hit a tree just about dead on with my ar. The majority of the impact occurred just about 6 inches to the left (if looking at the car) of the center of the front of the car. I hit the tree at a speed of about 28-30 mph. After initial impact I was rushed to the hospital due to unconscious and facial contusions. During the first moments after the accident, one of the first things officers, emts and witnesses said was "I can't believe the airbags didn't go off". in the recent days after the accident I have had several mechanics and such appraise the car, the one common theme they all share is that they suspect there might not be an airbag where it belongs. Or the lack there of.

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

problem #31

Jan 082009


  • 56,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving approximately 15 mph, the contact struck a patch of ice and the vehicle crashed into a light pole. The vehicle was completely destroyed and none of the air bags deployed. A police report was filed and there were no injuries. The failure and current mileages were 56,000.

- Fort Washington, MD, USA

problem #30

Oct 262008


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving approximately 35 mph on normal road conditions, the vehicle swayed across the road and across an embankment. During the massive rollover crash, the air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained severe injuries. The police and ambulance were called to the scene and a police report was filed. The vehicle was completely destroyed. Roadside assistance was called and the vehicle was towed to a collision center. The vehicle is currently being inspected by the insurance company. The contact was concerned of the safety risk involved. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 110,000.

- Farview, TX, USA

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problem #29

Aug 012007

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving 20 mph, the electronic gauges began to flash off and on. The contact also stated that the speedometer went from zero, to top speed, and then back to zero. The passenger side air bag deployed without warning as well. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, but they cannot repair the vehicle due to liability reasons. The current and failure mileages were 85,000.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #28

May 302007

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact's wife was involved in a crash with an oncoming vehicle. The vehicle at fault struck the front and rear driver side doors of the contact's vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. His wife suffered a cracked rib, cartilage damage, and internal damage. Property damage was also involved. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed. The current and failure mileages were 80,000.

- Broussard, LA, USA

problem #27

May 022007

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving 45 mph, the contact lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle flipped over and crashed into an embankment. The air bags failed to deploy and the vehicle was destroyed. The road conditions were dry. The driver sustained minor injuries. The vehicle has not been examined by the manufacturer. A police report was filed. The engine size was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 80,000.

- Milledgeville, GA, USA

problem #26

Jul 012006

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 40 mph on a gravel road, control of the vehicle was lost and it crashed into a tree head on. The air bags did not deploy. There was no prior braking and seat belts were worn. The driver sustained minor injuries. The vehicle was later towed to an independent repair shop. The dealer was alerted.

- Slaughter, LA, USA

problem #25

Oct 192006

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,578 miles
: the contact stated while parked the driver side seat belt locked up and would not retract. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer for NHTSA recall, # 04V201000 regarding seat belts. After a year, the same issue recurred. Updated 11/16/06. The air bag light illuminated. The shifter would stick when trying to move it from park to drive. The moonroof would not close

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #24

Aug 202006

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


Trailblazer rolled on straight road. Vehicle had side and front air bags that did not operate as vehicle crashed. Only protection offered was the seat belt. May have had only minor injury if equipment operated but my wife was badly hurt.

- Angier, NC, USA

problem #23

May 152006

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
: the contact stated while traveling 35 mph with prior braking, the vehicle veered off the road and slid into a ditch. There was front end damage; the frame rail and hood bent. The airbags did not deploy when this occurred. The contact was not in the vehicle and the driver was unaware of what caused the vehicle to veer off the road. The driver sustained head trauma and the seat belt was not worn. There was a police report taken at the scene. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop, but has not been inspected by a mechanic. Updated 06/16/06.

- Trimble, TN, USA

problem #22

Oct 072005

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
On Friday, October 7, 2005, our client was driving her 2002 Chevrolet trail Blazer in springfield, Illinois. Soon after turning a corner from ninth street West onto cook street at approximately fifteen miles per hour, all airbags in the entire vehicle discharged at one time. Our client was pummeled about. The vehicle had not been struck or in an accident at said time. Our client had merely just completed turning the corner. A service air bag warning had turned on in the vehicle the previous day, and she had already planned to have the vehicle taken in at the local Chevrolet dealership in springfield, Illinois. General Motors was contacted but denied any responsibility since the vehicle was just past the warranty date. Eventually, the local dealership replaced all of the air bags but still was unable to confirm what was the actual cause of same.

- Springfiedl, IL, USA

problem #21

Sep 152005

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer's vehicle was involved in an accident on September 15, 2005. Upon impact, none of the air bags deployed. Back in September of 2002 consumer's was involved in a head on collision with this same vehicle, and the air bags never deployed at that time either. Had the vehicle repaired at the GMC dealership.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #20

Jun 112005

Trailblazer 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,500 miles
While driving 60 mph in a rain storm on Ohio turnpike in newton falls, consumer felt like vehicle was coming off the ground. Steering got loose and then it got hard to turn. He swerved toward a semi-truck, then over corrected and hit a concrete barrier wall. He rolled once completely and ended up on the driver's side, facing the traffic. The air bags didn't deploy. Vehicle was towed, and insurance company told him to get in contact with GM to find out why the air bags didn't deploy.

- Elyria, OH, USA

problem #19

Jan 162004

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer was ejected from the vehicle after it over turned twice as a result of defective steering. While driving the consumer noticed that the vehicle was going off the road to the right. The consumer overcorrected the steering wheel and the car subsequently went too far over to the left with the right side front and rear wheels in the air. The consumer then corrected to the right and the left side tires came off the road. The vehicle then went into a skid off the right side of the road and struck an embankment. The vehicle struck an embankment and the consumer's chest hit the steering wheel. The impact bent the steering wheel and rendered the consumer unconscious. The vehicle the overturned 1-2 times and the consumer was ejected from the vehicle. The consumer sustained rib fractures, joint separation, upper and lower back injuries.

- Mansfield, OH, USA

problem #18

Aug 082004

Trailblazer 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
While attempting to change from the outside (slow) lane on interstate 35 a speeding car attempted to pass me. I swerved back into my lane, note; this was not a severe steering maneuver. The 2002 Trailblazer immediately rocked and went into a roll. The vehicle was totaled by the insurance carrier. 1. none of the air bags deployed, front nor side. 2. the locked drivers side door opened up on impact. 3. the SUV roll occurred with out severe over steering.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #17

Apr 252004


  • miles
Front driver's side seat belt shoulder restraint did not lock (retractor) when vehicle was involved in rear end collision with a tractor trailer at 45 mph. Also, none of the airbags deployed.

- Riverhead, NY, USA

problem #16

Apr 062004

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,532 miles
While driving 40 mph, the engine light illuminated, then the vehicle stalled. This caused the consumer to lose control of the vehicle, hitting a wall. The consumer had the vehicle towed. The dealership tried to repair the vehicle 7 times, but did not resolve the problem. The air bag also failed to deploy during the accident. The PCM failed due to a circuit inside, fluid leaked from the power steering hose, the engine revved high and was loud when the vehicle was started, the consumer saw sparks under the hood fuse block at the same time the gauges fluctuated and shorted, the right rear tail lights were inoperative, and the fuel gauge made a whirring sound when the vehicle was started.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #15

Dec 302003

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving 50 mph the truck was involved in a side impact accident. The passenger side air bag failed to deploy upon impact. Please provide any additional information.

- Rochelle Park, NJ, USA

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