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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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,803 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.

2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments

problem #8

Mar 152005

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,400 miles

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

On black top with no shoulders, the eye witness states: Got close to the right shoulder and over corrected and went off the left shoulder, the vehicle flipped and went into a steep ditch and rolled about 5 times, came down on drivers side rear tail light first time, when stopped rolling on the passenger side. Consumer was hanging by the seat belt. The lap belt held but shoulder harness did not. The consumer hit multiple things inside the cab of the vehicle. Consumer suffered several injuries.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #7

Jan 112005

Trailblazer

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
While stopping at a light consumer's vehicle was rear ended and pushed head on into another vehicle. Upon impact, the dual airbags deployed. However. Passenger's side seat belt did not hold. As a result the passenger hit her head on the dashboard. Vehicle was considered a total loss.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #6

Nov 152003

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
Normal usage of front seat passenger seat belt. While using the belt in a normal way, the retractors will lock in a retracting mode and will not allow any movement of the passenger. Belt must be released, fully retracted and re attached for a comfortable ride. Trips to the dealer and hearing about "the design of the belt to do this when fully extended" have not prevented the recurrence of this scenario. It cannot be demonstrated on demand and because of that the dealer stated he cannot look into something he cannot witness. The problem is infrequent but does happen non-the-less.

- Clinton, MA, USA

problem #5

Sep 112002

Trailblazer

  • 25 miles

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

The seat belts in the front do not retract, and the shoulder belt coming across too high. Dealer changed the seat belts twice, but the problem had not been resolved.

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #4

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

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problem #3

Aug 032002

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dont know where to start. Squeaking noise when going over bumps (sounds like it is coming from suspension). Metal grinding noise in brakes, ticking noise from engine, seat belt and airbag lights have come on for no reason, rear latch has come open while driving, tail lights and brake lights burning out freqently, transmission was slipping on take off, no cause found in the several times it has been taken in for this. Now my transmission is out. Just happened yesturday. Don't feel like I can blame the dealership after reading all the complaints. I think the fault lies on the shoulders of GM.

- Harrisonville, MO, USA

problem #2

Sep 022003

(reported on)

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • miles
Consumer states passenger's side seat belt fits too tightly, passenger unable to move. Dealer replaced seat, but problem was not resolved. Dealer brought in a 2003 Trailblazer. The seat belts did the same thing. The height of the seat belt isn't adjustable and cuts across your throat, depending on you size (driver and passenger side). Consumer had to purchase special seat belt adjusters to make the belts wearable and more importantly-safe. Consumer had recently discovered the tightness of the rear seat belts.

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #1

Oct 182002

(reported on)

Trailblazer

  • miles
Consumer states that the passenger side seat belt will lock up on the them when driving.consumer does not like the design of the retractor.

- Flint, MI, USA

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