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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,813 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.

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2009 Chevrolet Traverse seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2009 Chevrolet Traverse Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 152015


  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that the second row seat belts fractured. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the seat belts needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V266000: (seat belts). The failure mileage was approximately 110,000.

- Lanham, MD, USA

problem #8

Mar 042016


  • 125,000 miles
When putting the second row seat back into the seating position (after it was folded flat) part of the plastic on the seat belt buckle receptacle broke off and it no longer works. The buckle can just be pulled out now. There is a recall on this same issue so my vehicle's year, but Chevrolet said my vehicle isn't included.

- Philomath, OR, USA

problem #7

Dec 152014


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that the rear passenger side seat belt buckle failed to latch. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the seat belt latch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Norton Shores, MI, USA

problem #6

Jul 302014


  • 87,321 miles


While driving the vehicle slipped out of drive and by the time I got home reverse was gone. I took it to the dealership, sunshine Chevy in asheville nc, and it was only one month out of warranty. They tried to sell me a new transmission for $6,000 then after much fighting only charged a warranty deductable (never heard of such a thing) of $500. It has been five months and this new transmission is now doing the same thing! this car is a death trap. It rolls backwards when it is in drive, they have since claimed it is a design flaw and not covered under any warranty. It is like driving a straight drive, you have to keep your foot on the brake until you accelerate. I live in the mountains and it is a huge problem. There is also an seat belt recall that they have not fixed yet. I have had it in for a timing chain recall, and air bags, plus three others since purchasing this vehicle. I was told when I purchased this vehicle it had 10 years on the power train, is the transmission not a part of that" I have over 25 complaints for this same transmission issue and I am gathering more. How do we get this vehicle recalled"

- Rosman, NC, USA

problem #5

Nov 062013


  • 49,000 miles
While folding up the second row seating the middle seatbelt binds and has lead to broken cover. I am worried that it will lead to seatbelt failure because of the position of the belt placement.

- Apo, AE, USA

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problem #4

May 142014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 14V266000 (seat belts) and NHTSA campaign number: 14V118000 (air bags) exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The dealer stated that the part was not available. The manufacturer was not made aware of the delay. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact had not experienced the failure. Updated 1/21/15

- Waterford, PA, USA

problem #3

Jun 302011

Traverse 6-cyl

  • miles


The first problem is that the second row, middle seat belt gets stuck after putting the row down flat. You have to put the row up and down a few times for it to start working. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't. I read about recalls on the model of my vehicle and this issue is listed as one of the recalls. Chevrolet and GM insist that my "VIN#" is not listed under the recalls, so it has to be diagnosed and dealt with as a normal problem. This is listed as a safety hazard with the recall because it may not restrain as it should, god forbid, during an accident. The second problem is there is a leak in the cargo hold. Whenever it rains, (a little or a lot, it doesn't matter) water pools in the cargo hold. This is a safety hazard because now the vehicle smells of mold. There are many other problems as well. There is a problem with one of the tire sensors, the car shakes and the check engine light is on.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 202011


  • miles
We have a 2009 Chevy Traverse 8 passenger vehicle - the center row seat belts are the most poor design imaginable. They put the center seat belt buckle as a rigid outlet in the middle of the center seat. We have two car seats in our car & due to foster care need to be able to put in a booster seat in the middle - the car will not accept a booster seat because of the poor design. It is shocking that Chevy did not put in a belt based seat belt here instead! I have seen a lot of people complaining about this & it really needs to be addressed by Chevy!

- Santa Clarita, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 172010


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact applied the brakes while driving 35 mph and the vehicle crash into the rear end of the vehicle in front. The air bag did not deploy. The contact suffered a fractured sternum by hitting the steering wheel. The contact stated that the seat belt did not lock during the crash. The contact was taken to the hospital. The manufacturer stated that they will perform an investigation regarding the seat belt. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

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