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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
19 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
22 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,744 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Feb 142011

Trailblazer

  • 106,425 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While parked, the front driver side air bag deployed while the contact was in the seat. The vehicle not taken to the dealer for diagnostics. The contact left a message for the manufacturer but had not received a callback. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 106,425.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #24

Jan 072010

Trailblazer

  • 127,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) I was traveling southbound on ky hwy 1531 (eastwood fisherville rd). When I approached a sharp curve in the roadway, I observed a Honda Odyssey minivan traveling northbound too fast for the icy, snowy road conditions. The minivan driver lost control of her vehicle and struck my 2002 Trailblazer head-on in the southbound lane. At the time of impact, my Trailblazer was completely stopped with my right foot pressed firmly on the brake pedal. The Honda Odyssey airbags fully deployed. My Trailblazers airbags did not deploy. Both vehicles were total loss. My Trailblazer was towed to GM repair shop bauchman Chevrolet in louisville ky. It remains stored in its original post-accident condition. I have retained ownership title of this vehicle. GM repair shop noted extensive frame damage and broken airbag sensor. This is the second front end injury crash involving this Trailblazer where the airbags failed to deploy. See also ODI case # 10314629. GM was notified of incident and again I opened an investigation with GM as to why the airbags failed to deploy. As of this date (2/26/2010) GM investigators have not inspected the vehicle. (GM case [xxx] ). I suffered low back injuries as a result of this accident. This injury occurred 8 weeks after spinal Fusion surgery. I have been in physical therapy since the accident for joint damage in the sacral illium area.

- Fisherville, KY, USA

problem #23

Sep 222006

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 71,047 miles
I was traveling at approx 44 mph southbound on blankenbaker ln (louisville ky) when vehicle 1 failed to yield right of way at intersection and made a left hand turn eastbound into the path of my vehicle. I struck vehicle 1 (a 1991 Cadillac brougham) essentially driving through the passenger side of the vehicle. Both vehicles sustained severe front end damage. Specifically, my 2002 Trailblazer sustained over $8000 in damage the airbags did not deploy. I fractured my sternum and bruised my heart as a result of this accident. All repairs were made by GM repair shop (bauchman Chevrolet, louisville ky). I initiated an investigation with GM as to why the airbags failed to deploy. After 10 month investigation, GM ruled that accident was a non-deployable event stating that my vehicle did not stop suddenly enough to trigger airbag deployment but continued to travel after impact becoming lodged on highway divider. See also accident of Jan 7, 2010, where same vehicle was struck head-on while at rest. Both vehicles were a total loss. Again, airbags failed to deploy and GM shop found broken airbag sensor and severe frame damage.

- Fisherville, KY, USA

problem #22

Nov 202009

Trailblazer

  • 83,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Hit head on by another car totaling my car, airbags did not deploy.

- Mount Pleasant, NC, USA

problem #21

Nov 232008

Trailblazer

  • 125,000 miles
I drove to the airport I got there early and my son was sleeping so my cousin and I decided to take a little nap as well. It was thanksgiving week. It was very cold outside so we started the car to warm it up after about an hour, then my son woke up so we decided to start getting everything ready to get on the shuttle. Remember we are parked in a parking lot and have not moved for over an hour. We got my son out of his seat brought him to the front seat with us, I was getting his diaper bag ready and my cousin was changing his diaper and putting his shoes on for me. When she was done my son wanted me and as soon as he got to the middle console, out of no where the front airbags deployed, on both sides drivers and passengers side! luckily none of us were hurt and my son was where he was or he would have been severely injured he was only 18 months at the time of the incident! as soon as I got home I called General Motors myself and reported the incident and they made an appointment with me to investigate what could have made this happen. They said they found nothing, so obviously there was a default somewhere. I have been trying to get help for months now and I am getting no where. I could trade it in but without airbags I am losing a couple thousand dollars. Both sides are still all open and not fixed I do not have the money to fix them, I do not and did not want to sue, I would just be happy with a trade in so I can have a safe vehicle for my family and myself.

- Charleston, IL, USA

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problem #20

Dec 292006

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that the driver side air bag deployed without warning when she started the vehicle. The dealer stated that there was an electrical short in the steering column and they replaced the steering column and the air bag. The current mileage was 85,298 and failure mileage was 84,000. Updated 02-01-08. Updated 02/01/08

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #19

Sep 282002

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When my car was within the manufacturer's warranty, the seat belt and air bag light would come on intermittently. Dealer could not duplicate. Now the lights come on and or blink continuously. Service bulletin seems to match 02V222000. Dealer says no recalls match complaint. Mechanic says there are no codes. The module that controls the seat belt and airbags has malfunctioned. Two other modules have been replaced under extended warranty, will not cover anything related to safety. Parts and labor are $500 alone!

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #18

Oct 312006

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,000 miles
I drive a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer 4WD and my son was driving the vehicle on halloween night. He was driving the speed limit of 30 mph and swerved to avoid a possum in the road, he overcorrected and lost control of the car causing the car to colide with a tree at the front panel and driver's side door. Upon impact the air bag did not inflate and the car immediately caught fire. Luckily my son was able to crawl out the passenger side window but this could have been a terrible situation. We would like to know why the airbag did not inflate and why the car would have caught on fire with a driver's side impact?

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #17

Jun 142006

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles
After returning from a business trip. I started my car at the airport, and the second that I turned the ignition the drivers side airbag deployed. I took the car into the dealer the next day to get it fixed. After looking at it dealer said the repairs would cost $1500, and that because the car is out of warranty GM would not be able to pay for the repairs. After calling the GM customer service line, they told me the same thing, that I should take my complaint to the BBB. After that conversation I decided to pay to have the repairs made, and then have the BBB arbitrate the situation. But on the following Tuesday June 20, 2006. The dealer called and said that GM would not provide him with needed technical support to diagnose why the airbag deployed for no reason. He said that until I agree not to sue them over this, they will not provide the needed information to help fix my car. I do not feel this is right.

- Hubertus, WI, USA

problem #16

Nov 082005

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated vehicle went off the road and hit trees at 50-55 mph. Upon impact, the airbags did not deploy. The vehicle was totaled. The front end collapsed, the engine was in the firewall, and the body was pushed off of the frame. The contact sustained minor bruises and abrasions. A police report was taken at the scene. The dealership stated they have never heard of this happening.

- Troy, NC, USA

problem #15

May 242005

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Air bag did not deploy in a off center frontal collision. While traveling about 35-40 mph consumer's vehicle hit the rear of another vehicle. It was at a garage near the accident site. No one looked at the vehicle but the rescue services were surprised that the airbags did not deploy. Intermittently the SRS light would come on. Took vehicle to dealer and it was repaired in July 2004.

- East Berlin, PA, USA

problem #14

Apr 222005

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
While driving 55-60 mph, vehicle hit an SUV that drove into lane. Vehicle then hit by tractor trailer. Vehicle crashed with great force into highway divider and lost front left wheel, causing vehicle to continue to crash along divider. Both front airbags and both side airbags failed to deploy. Passenger in vehicle sustained fractures to orbital bones and maxillary bone in skull. Major reconstructive surgery was required. The vehicle was determined to be a total loss.

- Lake Ronkonkoma, NY, USA

problem #13

Feb 092005

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
During a 30 mph vehicle frontal collision front air bags did not deploy. Consumer sustained minor injuries. The vehicle was towed. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem....problem wa sdiscussed with the dealer in detail but did not know how to resolve problem.

- Kendallville, IN, USA

problem #12

Dec 122004

Trailblazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision while driving between 50-55mph. Upon impact, the air bags failed to deploy. As a result, driver sustained chest injuries when it impacted the steering wheel.

- Harrison Township, MI, USA

problem #11

Dec 162004

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,500 miles
While braking at 30-35 mph, the vehicle continued to roll and hit the rear bumper of SUV truck and the air bags did deploy, but the air bag light illuminated after the crash, the consumer received injury to the face, but refused medical treatment. The dealer was not notified.

- Wonder Lake, IL, USA

problem #10

Aug 242004

Trailblazer

  • 45,320 miles
The anti lock brakes failed when braking, causing a rear end collision. Upon impact, front air bags did not deploy. Vehicle was towed. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Lookout, CA, USA

problem #9

Mar 082004

Trailblazer

  • miles
While driving 15 mph and without warning vehicle skidded on black ice. Driver applied the brakes, and pedal went the floor. Driver lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree. Upon impact, both air bags did not deploy. Driver and passenger sustained minor injuries, and were transported by ambulance to the hospital. Vehicle was totaled.

- Phoenixville, PA, USA

problem #8

Sep 012003

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer lost steering and hit a tree head on. In addition, the seat belt failed to lock causing injuries to the consumer (driver). (lawyer on behalf of client rebecca doyle). The airbag also burned/injured the passenger. The vehicle experienced electrical problems with the brake lights, tail lights, fuel gauge, left seat belt, dash (computer readout) and the brakes pulled.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #7

Oct 222003

(reported on)

Trailblazer

  • miles
While consumer was driving 25-28 mph vehicle was T-boned from another vehicle at estimated speed of 30 mph. Upon impact, frontal air bags failed to deploy.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #6

Apr 022003

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was hit twice in a side and frontal collision while traveling approximately 30mph. Neither the frontal or side air bags deployed.

- Southfield, MI, USA

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