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Print this page Notes: Carrying the not-so-proud traditions of its 2002 predecessor, the 2003 has a handful of instrument panel malfunctions that can leave you guessing your speed, engine temperature or how much gas is left in the tank.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
30 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
36 / 1
Average Mileage:
83,255 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.

2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #18

Sep 262013

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 111,996 miles


Driving approximately 40 to 43 mph when another vehicle turned directly in front of me. Total frontal damage buckling up hood on my car as I hit other vehicle in front-end passenger side. Their airbag deployed but mine didn't, even with total front end damage to my car. Had seatbelt on, but due to impact still pulled my whole body forward (like crash test dummy). This was a very hard crash totaling my car.

- Charlestown, IN, USA

problem #17

Jul 042013

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
While traveling in slow traffic, the car in front of my wife stopped. By the time she noticed they stopped it was too late and she hit the back of their Ford Explorer moving at around 20-30mph. The front end of our Trailblazer was crushed. My daughter and wife were wearing their seat belts. The officers and paramedics on the scene were shocked that the airbags did not come out with the amount of front end damage. They had to cut the battery wires to prevent the airbag from coming out later when she cleaned out the Trailblazer. An example of how much damage was taken to the front end, the corner fenders were pushed back so far they couldn't open wither front door. The fenders were crushed into the doors keeping them shut. I would think with an impact like that the airbags would have came out, it was a square hit meaning even damage across the front end.

- Southaven, MS, USA

problem #16

May 072010


  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that he crashed into a light pole while driving at unknown speeds and the air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained injuries but was not transported to the hospital. The police was notified of the crashed and a report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 170,000.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #15

Sep 032011


  • 95,600 miles


My wife and I were involved in a head on collision (hit by a drunk driver) our air bags did not deploy, I sustained a C7 fracture, scalped by the rear view mirror (22 stitches to hold my scalp) 6 stitches on my nose and bruised knees. My wife has a broken nose all the bones in her right foot broken and bruised knees.

- Crown Point, IN, USA

problem #14

Jan 232011


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Blazer. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 to 50 mph in the rain he crashed head on into another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. There were no air bag warning indications prior to the crash. The driver sustained a concussion and injuries to his neck, knee, and feet. A police report was filed. The driver was transported to the hospital by ambulance. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure could not be diagnosed since the insurance company deemed the vehicle as being destroyed. The failure and current mileage was approximately 130,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 5/2/11 updated 1/11/11

- Hodge Springs, AR, USA

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problem #13

Oct 242010


  • 123,000 miles
The 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer I have owned since I purchased it brand new in 2003 was involved in an accident on 10/24/2010. My kids were driving when another vehicle sideswiped them, causing them to leave the road. When they reentered the road, the vehicle hit them again causing the Trailblazer to flip over a guardrail and rollover several times; landing on its roof. There were four vehicle occupants (including the driver). Neither driver, passenger side nor side airbags deployed during the accident.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #12

Jun 032008


  • miles


2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. S10 comeback fwd ltr to potus re complaint against GM regarding defective airbag, involve in car accident and the airbag did not deploy. The consumer stated another vehicle hit a deer, crossed the center lane and hit their vehicle head on. The consumer stated the seat belts did not restrain them. Updated phone number 05/28/10.

- Stottville, NY, USA

problem #11

Dec 262009

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving 45-50 mph in inclement weather, the contact crashed into a retainer wall. She stated that other passing vehicles pushed her vehicle into the retainer wall. The air bag did not deploy. She was also injured when the crash occurred. The manufacturer stated that they would take pictures of the vehicle. The vehicle has not been repaired. A police report was filed. The failure and the current mileages were 82,000. The consumer stated it was a hit and run accident. Updated 04/07/10.

- Benton, MO, USA

problem #10

Dec 262009


  • 82 miles
Had car accident was hit by another vehicle and hit a retaining wall going about 45 miles an hour and air bag did not deploy 2003 trail Blazer.

- Belton, MO, USA

problem #9

May 282008


  • 99,000 miles
The airbag did not deploy in a front-end collision that will most likely total the vehicle. The other vehicle's did deploy.

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #8

Feb 082008

Trailblazer 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • 71,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving 32 mph, the contact crashed into a building. The vehicle was destroyed. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained injuries to her mouth and eye. The ambulance arrived on the scene and transported the contact to the hospital. A police report was filed. Chevrolet has not been notified. The VIN, engine size, and number of cylinders were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 71,000.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #7

Nov 102007

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving 40 mph, the contact swerved to avoid an animal and crashed into a tree. The front air bags failed to deploy. The vehicle is currently at a tow yard and will be towed to the insurance company for investigation. The manufacturer filed a report and the contact is awaiting a call back. The current and failure mileages were 60,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #6

Nov 222006

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
2003 Chevy Trailblazer air bags never came out after having impact into two trees forcing the driver into the steering wheel. Nothing at this time has been corrected to repair the SUV. GM need to be alerted of this failure to correct the problem!

- Havelock, NC, USA

problem #5

Oct 142006

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
My 2003 Chevy Trailblazer was hit by another vehicle that ran a stop sign and struck the drivers side. This caused the front wheel and axel to break, caused the car to loose control, and flip end over end landing upside down. None of the front or side air bags worked.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #4

Jun 032003


  • miles
The brakes malfunctioned causing a rollover crash. The airbags did not deploy.

- Holualoa, HI, USA

problem #3

Jan 162004


  • miles
Losing control of my vehicle on icy pavement, vehicle slid off of the road, head-on into a tree. Drivers side and passenger side air bags failed to deploy. Serious injuries occured, which may have been lessened if the safety features we pay for actually work. Er doctors and state police were terribly annoyed, since there have been several reports of same failure in design. No response from dealer or manufacturer, as of yet !!!

- Pine Bush, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 142003

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
The air bag did not deploy after being hit by another vehicle on the driver's side. Minor muscular injuries were sustained. The consumer contacted the manufacturer who stated that unless one was hit directly in the center, the air bags would not deploy.

- West Islip, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 252003

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Traveling 55 mph when another vehicle crossed the road causing me to hit the side of his vehicle head on. No air bags deployed.

- Brandon, MS, USA

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