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CarComplaints.com Notes: The Trailblazer emerged from an "upscale trim line" of the Blazer, but there's nothing upscale about its transmission problems or its wonky, unpredictable headlights.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
34 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
32 / 2
Average Mileage:
54,280 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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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 3)

problem #55

Oct 052016

Trailblazer

  • 190,000 miles

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

I was involved in a motor vehicle accident while driving my 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer down a country road. I tried to avoid hitting an animal in the road and went onto the right shoulder when my right rear tire hit a pothole/asphalt and the tire blew. The vehicle started to tip to the left and then rolled approximately 13 times without one air bag deploying. I sustained multiple injures and surgery is now required.

- Burlington, NC, USA

problem #54

Aug 292016

Trailblazer

  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving approximately 25 mph, the contact's vehicle crashed into a bus and sustained significant damage to the front end. The air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was towed. The driver sustained injuries to the neck, head, torso, and a dislocated finger. Medical attention was required. A police report was filed. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 122,000.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #53

May 262016

Trailblazer

  • 180,000 miles
Driving approximately 30 miles per hour, woman pulled out in front of me to turn onto the freeway. A vehicle next to me honked their horn and missed hitting her but I hit her on the passenger rear panel of her car, damaging her vehicle and bending the rear tire at an angle. The airbag did not deploy and was on. I was traveling on a city street, going westbound, the other driver was turning to go northbound.

- Porterville, CA, USA

problem #52

Mar 232010

Trailblazer

  • 81,099 miles

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

N/a

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #51

Jan 092016

Trailblazer

  • 115,000 miles
The vehicle was involved in a head on crash into a telephone pole and the air bags did not deploy. The front seat passenger was injured and the driver struck the steering wheel and died at the hospital from internal injuries. We are trying to determine why the airbags did not deploy. The passenger was not wearing a seat belt and it also appears that the deceased driver was not wearing a seat belt.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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problem #50

Nov 212014

Trailblazer

  • 81,375 miles
I purchased a used 2002 Chevy Trailblazer, (with the loan company and car lot),I could not get the loan without having the car sales company put an anti-theft device in, when they did that, all of the features stopped working, .not able to lock, open with remote, seat-belt and airbag light stay on etc etc etc diagnoses (body control module $950. Currently using the vehicle.

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #49

Oct 042014

Trailblazer

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving approximately 10 mph on an incline during inclement weather conditions, the contact's vehicle veered into another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. A police report was filed. The contact suffered a head concussion that required medical attention. The failure mileage was not provided.

- Cincinnati , OH, USA

problem #48

Oct 152014

Trailblazer

  • miles
The contact owned a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving approximately 15 mph on a rainy road, the contact crashed into another vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained a head injury that required medical attention. The driver and passenger of the other vehicle sustained unknown injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage and VIN were unavailable.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #47

Jul 082015

Trailblazer

  • 186,000 miles
Car was parked, unattended, in parking lot. I started veh with a aftermarket installed, professionally, remote start. As I approached my veh, about ten-15 feet away, I heard a loud pop, and looked around saw nothing. I opened my driver door and discovered my driver air bag had exploded, smoke still in the interior. No accident, car was parked, unattended. No injuries, no other damage.

- Keenesburg, CO, USA

problem #46

Aug 072005

Trailblazer

  • miles
Unknown reason loss of control of vehicle. Vehicle inadvertently went to the right side of road, vehicle rolled over several times. My brother was ejected and vehicle rolled over on him. No airbags had deployed.

- Nekoosa, WI, USA

problem #45

Apr 202015

Trailblazer

  • 95,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving at approximately 5 mph and coming to a stop, the vehicle traveled from one side of the road to the other side. The contact attempted to control the steering wheel, but found it difficult to manuever. Also, while the brake pedal was depressed, the vehicle accelerated, crossed over a railroad track, and crashed into an iron fence and a telephone pole. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained injuries to the right knee and whiplash that required medical attention. In addition, the passenger sustained bruises, whiplash, and back injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed from the scene. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 95,000.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #44

Mar 102008

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
I struck a vehicle that broadside when he ran a stop sign. I was going approximately 30 to 35 mph when I struck his vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. I was taken away in an ambulance and had damage to my cervical spine, stomach and mid spine. I did inquire where I had the vehicle repaired, about $8K in damages, about why the airbags didn't deploy. They said they didn't know but checked and said the airbag system was functioning? I see many such "stories" about Trailblazer airbags not deploying on this site. It really be nice to see something done about this situation. This vehicle has been in several wrecks and the airbags have never deployed!!!!! note, I have written to Chevrolet/GM about this issue but don't really expect them to respond! some support from the NHTSA would really be appreciated and is needed before anyone else get hurt when the airbags don't deploy!

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #43

Oct 072011

Trailblazer

  • 62,776 miles
Went off road through empty lot going airborne landing nose first in yard, striking three trees, continuing North bound into another yard striking two more trees and a deck.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #42

Sep 092001

Trailblazer

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminated intermittently while driving. The failure recurred intermittently over twelve years. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who repaired the air bag sensor on several occasions. However, the failure continued to occur. The contact also stated that the gear shift broke and he was unable to shift into the proper gear. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who replaced the shift cable. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #41

May 102014

Trailblazer

  • miles
I was driving and a guy in a car came over in my lane and hit me head on causing me to flip my vehicle 4 times, my airbags didn't come out and the guy that hit me was under the influence, my vehicle was totaled.

- Montevallo, AL, USA

problem #40

Dec 012002

Trailblazer

  • 10,000 miles
GM ignition switch recall needs to be expanded. My mother purchased a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer new. Approximately 5,000 miles into ownership, the car would "drop" various electrical components while driving down the road. For instance, while driving, the engine would continue to run, but the wipers would stop working, HVAC would turn off, air bag and ABS warning lights would illuminate, etc. Dealer had no idea how to fix. Eventually they replaced the ignition switch and the problem was solved. To my knowledge, GM never issued a recall, but I'm sure the issue is not isolated. These switches were unreliable across several vehicle lines, please investigate gmt 360 platform well.

- Lumberton, TX, USA

problem #39

Apr 262012

Trailblazer

  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, the driver and passenger side air bags deployed without warning. The contact and passenger sustained bruises and minor contusions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who was unable to determine why the air bags deployed erroneously. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who sent an engineer to inspect the vehicle and then offered to buy the vehicle back. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 140,000.

- Duncanville, AL, USA

problem #38

Jun 062011

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Pretty said to know that Chevrolet makes all this makes all this money and wont reopen their recalls when they didn't replace parts on vehicles to begin with maybe next time should have went foreign instead of american for all these years.

- Louisviile, KY, USA

problem #37

Mar 062007

Trailblazer

  • 152,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving approximately 70 mph in rainy weather, the contact drove over a puddle of water and lost control of the vehicle. She then engaged the brakes and the vehicle swerved abnormally. The vehicle spun around and crashed into the outer median. The air bags did not deploy and the contact sustained a shoulder injury. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure mileage was 152,000.

- Monroe, NC, USA

problem #36

Jan 212011

Trailblazer

  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. Both front air bags deployed upon starting the vehicle. Both the driver and passenger seated in the front seat were injured. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed. The failure and current mileages were unavailable.

- Little Rock , AR, USA

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