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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,360 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.

2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 052016


  • 79,800 miles


On a exit ramp (concrete) going about 30 mph when both side air bags unexpectedly deployed, brake pedal went all the way to the floor, no braking, pumping the brake corrected them and stopped the car. Brakes now seem normal. Both front seat belts are now locked. The car has no damage on the body or tires. G M has opened a case for us. Waiting their call back.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #4

Sep 262015


  • 90,000 miles
I recently started having problems, one being my brake lights don't always work. I took it to a local Chevy dealer and was told it all had to do with an electrical problem as is impossible to fix. Shouldn't my vehicle be recalled? I'm a safe driver and it's a bit upsetting knowing that I don't know if and when my break lights are working. Especially when I have small children with me. We recently moved, as my husband was following me, he was the one that noticed my brake lights weren't working.

- Boyceville, WI, USA

problem #3

Oct 232014


  • 112,763 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving approximately 55 mph, a loud abnormal noise emitted from the vehicle. The vehicle veered to the left into oncoming traffic and excessive force on the brake pedal was used in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that there were parts missing from the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 112,763.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #2

Oct 032012


  • 81,567 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the brakes failed to respond and the contact crashed into another vehicle. A police report was filed. The contact was taken to the hospital where there were face, back and neck injuries reported. The vehicle was towed to an impound lot. The vehicle was not diagnosed for the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 81,567.

- Castleton , NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 292013

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 67,671 miles
My daughter traveling at approximately 55 mph, saw car in front of her stopped at a stop light. She attempted to slam on the brakes, it felt as if she was not stopping at all. She hit the stopped car, pushed both of our cars through the intersection to the other side. Her airbag did not deploy, onstar did not contact her. The reason I bought this specific car was for the onstar in case of a collision or emergency. When I contacted onstar later, they reported they did not receive notification that a collision had occurred. I contacted GM to have brake, airbag, and onstar failure investigated. Received report from GM investigator stating no failure in airbag system, that the crash was not significant enough to cause airbag deployment and onstar notification. She was traveling 45 mph upon impact (per cdr). The car was totaled - over $13,000 damage. If a crash at 45 mph, rear-ending, car totaled does not deploy airbags it seems as though something is wrong.

- Salem, OR, USA

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