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Print this page Notes: The 2002-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer is known for many things, but perhaps it is most famous for its faulty fuel gauge.

This gauge flip-flops more than a politician during election season. Some report that the gauge says "empty" after a fill-up, while others report the gauge says "full" when they're running on fumes. Either way, there's one thing everyone seems to agree on: the darn thing is just wrong.

Following hundreds of complaints and a few accidents allegedly caused by the malfunction, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into the issue in May 2011. Unfortunately for frustrated owners, no recall has been announced.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
18 / 1
Average Mileage:
48,375 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.

2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments

problem #14

Jan 092014

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 21,000 miles


I have after market seats in my 2005 Chevy Trailblazer, I've seen a recall on your site so I called GM and they ran my VIN to check if it involves my vehicle, however they state it doesn't involve mine. I have stated that my service air bag light keeps coming on "blinking" and I do have the leather seats. This is the website with the cloth seats.... and here is the recall from your site report receipt date: Oct 31, 2006 NHTSA campaign number: 06V417000.

- Marana, AZ, USA

problem #13

Apr 292010


  • 81,000 miles
I was in an accident where another driver pulled out in front of me crossing oncoming traffic. I hit him broadside doing approximately 30-35 miles per hour. My front end was nearly shoved all the way up to the windshield. My 2005 Trailblazer was totaled. My airbag did not deploy and if it wasn't for my seatbelt I would have went through the windshield the impact was so hard. I sustained a hurt shoulder and arm and probably wouldn't had such a painful injury if the airbag had of deployed.

- Otto, NC, USA

problem #12

May 272007


  • 1 miles
According to NHTSA campaign id number: 06V417000 and GM recall no. 06102 my vehicle should be included in this recall. When I tried calling the number listed 1-877-477-1022 it is a non working number. When I contacted Chevy customer service the person I spoke with was rather rude and not helpful.

- Nicholasville, KY, USA

problem #11

Apr 132009


  • 158,000 miles


Lost control of car on narrow road under normal driving conditions. Collision into two trees head on. Driver side airbag never deployed.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #10

Jan 122009


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact was the passenger in a vehicle traveling 35 mph on icy road conditions. Another vehicle pulled out in front of them and crashed into the vehicle. The vehicle was destroyed and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact was transported to the hospital by ambulance. Her neck was snapped backwards. The seat belt properly restrained her at the time of the crash. A police report was filed and the other driver received a citation. The dealer was unable to determine why the air bags failed. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Newport, WA, USA

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problem #9

Dec 162008


  • 58,000 miles
My daughter had an accident on 12/16/2008. She has(had) a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer ls, 2 wheel drive SUV. While driving on the Ohio turnpike during a snow storm she lost control and had a head on crash with a cement retaining wall while traveling between 25 to 35 miles per hour. The air bag did not deploy during the accident and she slammed hard into the steering wheel resulting in a concussion, chest injuries, sore wrist, dizziness, and still has ringing in one ear. She did have her safety belt on at the time of the accident and always wears it. We are baffled as to why the air bag did not come out as it would have save her much pain. The car is a total wreck as described by the Pontiac dealer that her insurance company towed the SUV to for repairs. The Trailblazer sustained much damage such as a bent frame, broken transmission, all of the motor mounts and the transmission mounts broke loose from the frame, bent steering wheel, and all parts from the engine forward are either gone or bent beyond repair. With this violent of a crash no one has been able to tell us why the air bags did not deploy. We bought this SUV used from a Chevy dealer in July of 2005 and it had around 8000 miles on it at that time. I would like to know if there is some way of checking the functionally of this air bag to see if there may be a possible problem with it. Her crash was head on and in my opinion violent enough to activate the driver side air bag. Any suggestions as to what we should do?

- Northwood, OH, USA

problem #8

Sep 072005


  • 76,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving approximately 45 mph, the contact crashed into another vehicle, which resulted in a three car pile up. The front end of her vehicle went underneath the preceding vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. She was unable to receive assistance from on star due to the air bag failure. There were no prior failures with her vehicle. The contact and three children in safety seats sustained minor injuries. A police report was filed. The current and failure mileages were 76,000.

- Ware, MA, USA

problem #7

Aug 252008


  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving 60 mph, the contact struck the guardrail. The vehicle was destroyed and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact has pictures of the vehicle. She was transported to the hospital and is currently in pain. A police report was filed. The air bags were not serviced prior to the crash. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 44,000.

- Ashippun, WI, USA

problem #6

Feb 102008


  • 36,000 miles
Why air bags did not deploy.

- Whitehouse, OH, USA

problem #5

Oct 062007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was driving on an elevated interstate and lost control of the vehicle. I hit the guardrail in a direct frontal impact. The entire front of the car was crushed about 40 inches. The car is totaled but the airbags did not deploy. I suffered some injuries on my head even though I had my seatbelt on.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #4

Jan 082007

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles


- the contact's 2005 Chevy Trailblazer was purchased used on August 13, 2005 from berglund Chevrolet of Virginia, with 13000 miles. The vehicle was involved in an accident on January 8th, 2007 were there was one fatality and five people were injured. A second vehicle, a Buick lasabre, failed to stop at stop sign while making a left hand turn. The contact's vehicle struck the second vehicle directly on the driver's side. The contact's vehicle was traveling at 50 mph. The driver of the second vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. The contact's vehicle passenger and driver side air bags never deployed, even though there were passengers in all seats. Six state troopers were on the scene and no one was sited.

- Natural Bridge Station, VA, USA

problem #3

Dec 122006

Trailblazer 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
: the contact stated although there were no previous problems with the airbags, there was a NHTSA recall, #06V417000 on the vehicle regarding the airbags and repurchase of the vehicle. The dealer and manufacturer were alerted, and confirmed the vehicle was subject for repurchase, but have not done so at this time.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #2

Nov 172006

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
: the contact stated a NHTSA recall letter was received # 06V417000 regarding the air bags: Frontal. The manufacturer's hotline was contacted who recommended that all documents relating to the vehicle be faxed to the manufacturer. The contact received confirmation that the paperwork was received and was directed to take the vehicle to the dealer for a vehicle exchange. When the vehicle was taken to the dealer they were unaware of how to handle the recall of the entire vehicle. The dealer and the manufacturer have been in conference regarding how to handle this recall for a while and there was an expiration on how the vehicle can be held.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #1

Nov 202005

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,250 miles
The contact's boy friend was traveling at 78 mph when he lost control of the vehicle, and it was involved in a frontal impact. The vehicle rolled over six times. Upon impact, the air bags did not deploy. The contact and passenger sustained injuries. Manufacturer was not contacted.

- Roseville , MI, USA

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