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CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
26 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
24 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,134 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #37

Aug 012011

Trailblazer

  • miles

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

Since 2011 I've been having wrong reading of gas levels causing my vehicle to shutoff. Plus my passager air bag displays on when no one is sitting in seat and when someone is sitting in passager seat it occasionally flicker on and off. However I have not had a incident just yet but I'm very concerned and don't feel safe driving with my kids in this vehicle.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #36

May 012011

Trailblazer

  • 120,000 miles
As of 2011 (while driving on freeways in multiple occasions) I've been having electrical issues such as my fuel level gage would read full and vehicle would shut off cause no gas in tank, air bags sensor would show it on when no one is sitting in the passenger seat, and there are some electrical issues on driver seat controls not working, dash board gages not showing readings while vehicle is in motion (rmp, speedometer, oil, gas).

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #35

Jun 202016

Trailblazer

  • 143,000 miles
Head on collision both vehicles traveling about 30mph on impact and Trailblazer air bags did not deploy. I had my seatbelt on and was not injured.

- Dover, PA, USA

problem #34

Oct 152015

Trailblazer

  • 128,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that while driving, the service air bag warning light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 06V417000 (air bags). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 128,000.

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #33

Apr 012015

Trailblazer

  • 50,000 miles
Fuel gage is not showing the fuel level, so it looks like its empty all the time automatic air bag passenger sensing system is malfunctioning and on windshield urethane bead may not have adhered to the body in certain areas during the cure process.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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problem #32

Apr 272015

Trailblazer

  • 203,454 miles
2005 Chevy Trailblazer was driven by my granddaughter. She was trying to enter onto I-10 interstate and was going too fast on the entrance ramp. Road conditions were hazardous as it was a severe rain storm. She hydroplaned and hit a vehicle in front of her which caused her to spin into oncoming traffic. She was hit on the driver's side and the truck spun around several times before it stoppped. The airbag did not deploy!!! the police officer and the tow company driver said she was lucky to be alive. My concern is this could have been a fatal accident and the airbag failed to deploy. The Trailblazer was totaled as the axle and the engine were on the ground. The driver's side front wheel came off. I have always like Chevy vehicles but am now hesitant to purchase another one B/C of this issue with the air bag.

- Long Beach, MS, USA

problem #31

May 112015

Trailblazer

  • 178,300 miles

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

The airbags will show that they're not enabled even with a passenger sitting in the seat.then it would come on as being on but no passenger in seat. A lot of sensors have popped up in the electrical panel, on top of that the car kinda shut down on me and started going 10 miles per hour, as I was going out in traffic.

- Phenix City, AL, USA

problem #30

Mar 012015

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 128,000 miles
Odometer works then just stops going down the road and airbag light stays on now also if I plug in my cell charger the radio shuts off did not do this until issues with odometer.

- Grayson, KY, USA

problem #29

Feb 162015

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owned a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving various speeds, the vehicle slid and crashed. The driver side air bag failed to deploy. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 06V417000 (air bags). The contact sustained lacerations to the face, stitches under the eyebrows on both eyes, and an injured neck that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Elkhorn City, KY, USA

problem #28

Jan 212015

Trailblazer

  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that while driving at 25 mph, another vehicle crashed into the front passenger side of the contact's vehicle. As a result, the contact crashed into a sign and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained back injuries and the passenger sustained neck and back injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The contact was unable to confirm if the vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 122,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #27

May 072014

Trailblazer

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While making a right turn, another vehicle crashed into the front passenger side of the contact's vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and there were no injuries sustained. The vehicle was repaired. Two months later, the contact noticed moisture on the front passenger seat of the vehicle. Upon further inspection, the contact noticed that there was an unknown chemical substance leaking from the front passenger side air bag. The substance deteriorated the seat, cables, and the floor. The contact was unable to stop the leak. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #26

Nov 182014

Trailblazer

  • 172,000 miles
Hit black ice. Truck slid off the road and front end impacted the ditch causing heavy damage to the front end. Air bag failed to deploy causing injury.

- Bucyrus, , OH, USA

problem #25

Nov 012014

Trailblazer

  • 152,734 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph, the air bag light illuminated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 152,734.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #24

Aug 062014

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 132,000 miles
The roads where slightly wet and I hit a guardrail on a mountain road going approx 30mph - 35mph. Destroying the front passenger bumper, turn signal light, tire, axle, suspension, pretty much everything on the passenger side and the guardrail of course. The air bags never deployed! police report was taken, no fault or major injuries, the truck could not be driven and again the air bags did not deploy! just makes me think (if I had went through the guardrail and down the mountain into a tree) would the air bags ever work and save my life? please recall this issue!!

- Harpers Ferry, WV, USA

problem #23

Oct 282014

Trailblazer

  • 175,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that while driving 6 mph, the front driver and passenger side air bags deployed independently. As a result, the contact was unconscious and required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 175,000.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #22

Oct 112014

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
I just purchased this vehicle and was checking on recalls. I got a 877 # and tried calling but it wont go through. I just want to make sure these issues are resolved with recall so if you can let me know what I have to do I will do it. GM recall np. 06102.

- Great Falls, MT, USA

problem #21

Sep 122014

Trailblazer

  • 136,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle failed to stop when the brakes were engaged. As a result, the vehicle crashed into another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact mentioned that the rear seat belts that were restraining two children became unbuckled and ejected the children from their child safety seats. A police report was filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to an auto body shop. The approximate failure mileage was 136,000.

- New Berlingille, PA, USA

problem #20

Sep 102012

Trailblazer

  • 40 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 40 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled and veered into oncoming traffic. The driver crashed into another vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy upon impact. The driver sustained face, back, and neck injuries. The driver of the second vehicle was not injured. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The failure mileage and VIN was not available.

- Lake Wood, NJ, USA

problem #19

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.... www.motortrend.com/cars/2005/Chevrolet/Trailblazer/photos/interior/cockpit.html and here is the recall from your site www-ODI.NHTSA.dot.gov/owners/searchresults.action?searchtype=prod&prodtype=V&targetcategory=a&activetab=0&searchcriteria.model_yr=2005&searchcriteria.make=Chevrolet&searchcriteria.model=Trailblazer&searchcriteria.prod_ids=204821 report receipt date: Oct 31, 2006 NHTSA campaign number: 06V417000.

- Marana, AZ, USA

problem #18

Feb 072013

Trailblazer

  • 146,000 miles
Crashed straight into the back end of a vehicle doing 60 while I was doing atleast 80, or 85, maybe more, I don't remember. The first thing I remember seeing is realizing I'm alright despite the blood in the cockpit and on my face despite sneezing which was spreading blood. Is this a vehicle defect or what? my math says that crashing at 85mph into a vehicle doing 60 is like crashing into a brick wall at 25mph. I've had a local mechanic check it out and he says according to his obd-II computer everything is working fine (or was atleast) :) anyways, please feel free to contact me again with any more question you may have. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Stafford, CT, USA

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