CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
32 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
38 / 1
Average Mileage:
85,967 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #40

Nov 292016

Trailblazer

  • 160,000 miles

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

The contact owned a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving 40 mph in wet weather, the vehicle hydroplaned, drove off a cliff, and crashed into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained chest, knee, and arm injuries that required medical attention. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to a towing Agency where it was deemed destroyed. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Auburn, PA, USA

problem #39

Nov 222016

Trailblazer

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owned a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving approximately 78 mph, a tire blew out. The contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. The air bags failed to deploy. The driver sustained an injured left shoulder and neck, and a head abrasion, which required medical attention. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- Temple, TX, USA

problem #38

Jun 072016

Trailblazer

  • miles
My headlights go off and on my airbag light stays on my seat belt light stqays on my dash board light are out

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #37

May 202016

Trailblazer

  • 190,000 miles

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

Air bag light on instrument panel has come on.

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #36

May 032016

Trailblazer

  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving 25 to 35 mph, an animal appeared in the road. The contact swerved and crashed into a telephone pole. The air bags deployed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The manufacturer was not aware of the failure. A police report was not filed. The contact sustained head, neck, and chest injuries that required medical attention. The failure mileage was 135,000.....updated 06/15/16

- Oakley, CA, USA

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problem #35

Feb 032016

Trailblazer

  • 186,000 miles
The contact owned a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle slid on black ice and crashed into a ditch. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained a cut to the head and a severe back injury that required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 186,000.

- Streator, IL, USA

problem #34

Jun 202014

Trailblazer

  • 60,000 miles

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

Air bag and seat belt light stay

- Southold, NY, USA

problem #33

Oct 292015

Trailblazer

  • 141,000 miles
The contact owned a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving approximately 20 mph uphill, a vehicle traveling downhill crashed head on into the contact's vehicle. The frontal air bags did not deploy. The passenger sustained whiplash and bruises to the elbow, chest, and stomach that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The passenger was also injured and taken to the hospital, but was released the same day. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was invalid. The approximate failure mileage was 141,000.

- Shadyside, OH, USA

problem #32

Oct 152015

Trailblazer

  • 71,000 miles
My 2003 Trailblazer was sitting still and when I started up the service air bag light came on and stayed on.this happened on 10/15/2015 @ 4:00 pm.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #31

Feb 122013

Trailblazer

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While the vehicle was parked, the air bags deployed without warning. The vehicle was driven to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. Updated 7/16/15

- Northlake, IL, USA

problem #30

May 122015

Trailblazer

  • 116,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer equipped with bf goodrich rugged trail T/a tires, size: P245/65ri7. While driving at 65 mph, the contact heard a vibration coming from the tires. The contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a pole. The vehicle rolled over multiple times and the air bags failed to deploy. In addition, the contact noticed that the threads from the rear driver side tire had separated. The contact sustained head, shoulder, elbow, and hip injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The vehicle and tire manufacturers were not notified of the failure. The vehicle failure mileage was 116,000 and the tire failure mileage was 40,000. The dot number was unavailable.

- Jacksonville, GA, USA

problem #29

May 062013

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
The contact owned a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that while driving at 50 mph during inclement weather conditions, the contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into an embankment. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained spine injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000. Updated 5/11/15

- Wilcox, PA, USA

problem #28

Jun 062013

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle hydroplaned and lost control causing the contact to crash into an embankment. The vehicle flipped over several times and landed on its side. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000. Updated 5/11/2015

- Wilcox, PA, USA

problem #27

Jan 242015

Trailblazer

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle slid on ice and crashed into a cement wall. The air bags did not deploy and the seat belt did not restrain the contact. The contact sustained chest, neck, and knee injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was driven to the contact's residence. The vehicle was then taken to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #26

Nov 012012

Trailblazer

  • 100,000 miles
Air bag light came on and has remained on since it started. I have had it looked at however they indicated there were no recalls and the expense was going to be over $1000 to repair, which I don't have. Given the recent recalls on air bags, and additional information I found recently on your site, this seems to be an issue that may warrant recall/repair from the manufacturer and not out of pocket expense for the consumer.

- Grand Ledge, MI, USA

problem #25

Oct 262002

Trailblazer

  • miles
2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. Consumer stated her husband was involved in an accident, and the air bags did not deploy. Consequently, he died from his injuries. Updated 02/09/15.

- East Rockaway, NY, USA

problem #24

Nov 232014

Trailblazer

  • 170,000 miles
The contact owned a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving approximately 70 mph, a deer jumped in front of the vehicle causing the contact to crash. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained a neck and back injury that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 170,000.

- Colon , MI, USA

problem #23

Nov 042014

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 263,000 miles
Driver side: Side airbag deployed without warning or cause while sitting at stoplight. Airbag struck recent left shoulder surgery causing pain in recovering area. Also caused left ear ringing for a couple hours. Mechanic and Chevrolet have never heard of such a thing happening.

- Boulder, CO, USA

problem #22

Jun 152014

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
Driver 55 miles on North I-35 freeway engine lost power and driver had no power steering no power brakes hit right side wall and hit left side wall on freeway front tire blew out and safety belt pulled out of holder and driver was thrown all over auto driver had contacted GM motors and they said the auto was not on recall list and was safe auto had one previous problem as above loss of power but engine pick up power and ran this accident was just like the GM recall on the switch the driver injury severe and may never walk again driver has had two surgeries and still in the hospital since 6 15 2014 this needs to be on the GM report for defect auto list.

- Burleson , TX, USA

problem #21

Aug 082006

Trailblazer

  • miles
Airbags did not deploy during accident. Vehicle went through a guard rail, sustained front end damage.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

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