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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,500 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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1998 Chevrolet Venture seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Chevrolet Venture Owner Comments

problem #14

Jan 042016

Venture

  • 136,000 miles

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

Van was traveling at approx 65 mph..Ford quad cab truck pulled out in front of me..I locked the brakes, some skid marks down the highway, and completely broadsided the truck. Damage to truck was on driver side door, and front corner panel. Several of trucks airbags deployed. Impact was at a high speed. Injuries to myself and passenger, neck, shoulder, knee, wrist, ankle, not fatal, thank goodness. Passenger of truck, injuries unknown. Truck was at fault in accident.

- Vicksburg, MS, USA

problem #13

Sep 052006

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles
: the contact stated after pulling into a parking space and straightening the steering wheel, the steering wheel rack and pinion fractured without warning. Soon after, the airbag light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop who confirmed the steering rack and pinion fracture. The repair shop also determined due to the unique fracture of the rack and pinion and the illumination of the airbag warning light, the airbag should have deployed. The manufacturer was not alerted.

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

problem #12

Sep 112003

Venture

  • 60,000 miles
Airbag light stayed on for a while. This was an indication that the front passenger side air bag may or may not deploy. Dealer was contacted.

- San Dimas, CA, USA

problem #11

Oct 062003

Venture

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles

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

My 1998 Chevrolet Venture was in an accident sustaining major damage. There was a direct hit to the right headlamp with the pole and the van ended up landing on the driver's side skidding on the road. None of the 4 airbags deployed. Has there been a recall on them or has there been any other complaints about this vehicle?

- Strasburg, VA, USA

problem #10

Sep 032003

Venture

  • miles
Without prior warning while vehicle was sitting at a stop light. Another vehicle hit consumer's vehicle from behind on a 45 mph impact. Upon impact, driver side and passenger side airbags did not deploy.

- Russellville, KY, USA

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problem #9

Mar 032003

Venture

  • miles
The vehicle was parked in the driveway with the key removed when smoke began emitting from the passenger door area filled the interior cabin. The passenger side air bag then deployed without warning.

- Newberry, FL, USA

problem #8

May 072002

(reported on)

Venture

  • miles

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

Air bag light intermittently comes on. When light comes on, air bag system is shut down so if there is an accident, air bag will not deploy. Van is going in for the 6th time to have this fixed. This has been an on going problem since 1 month after purchase. GMC will not buy back van and this is a major safety issue as van is uncomfortable to drive with fear of the air bag not deploying in case of an accident. Looking into filing lemon law as safety is #1 priority, GMC doesn't seem to care. ****dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12-12-02 cut over to artemis****761634

- Fairport, NY, USA

problem #7

Jan 302003

Venture

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The "pretensioner" of the seatbelt system on my 1998 Chevrolet Venture has failed now for the third time. According to the dealer this means the restraint system will not function properly in the event of a crash. The alert light that warns of trouble in the air bag system seems to revert to normal after a couple of weeks, but when the dealer uses the proper test equipment it can be determined the unit has failed. It seems likely that many Venture are being used with failed pretensioners and their owners are unaware of the issue since all indications from the alert light is that the air bag system is functioning properly. This is the third time this issue has happened on my vehicle in less than five years and Chevrolet customer assistance is refusing to address the issue.

- New Canaan, CT, USA

problem #6

Oct 082002

Venture

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Passenger side front and side impact at 35 mph, neither front nor side air bag deployed. Vehicle was totalled.

- Frankfort, KY, USA

problem #5

Apr 022001

Venture

  • miles
While driving, consumer crashed into a semi tractor trailer who failed to yield while making a left hand turn, the air bags did not experience deployment, causing consumer to sustain several injuries, consumer continues to have complications because of this accident, consumer was informed that the air bags acted as they should by not deploying.

- Eaton, IN, USA

problem #4

Jun 052000

Venture

  • miles

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

Airbag light stays on.

- Tappan, NY, USA

problem #3

Apr 142000

Venture

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling East approximately 35-40mph, another vehicle traveling West, entered eastbound lane. Both vehicles collided head-on on driver's side. Upon impact, neither air bag deployed. Driver's seat belt was intact, but driver suffered minor injuries. Children, in rear, sustained some bruises from seat belts, but no treatment. Vehicle was totaled.

- Kearney, NE, USA

problem #2

Aug 031998

(reported on)

Venture

  • miles
Intermittent operation of windshield wipers. In addition, all electronics on dashboard goes on and off/headlights go off by themselves every 10 seconds/driver's controls for door locks failed/evaporative emission canister vend solenoid valve assembly failed prior to manufacturer's recall/poor idling and vehicle is sluggish/driver's information center fails to work properly, and air bag wires are still exposed to rear passengers' feet.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #1

Apr 031998

(reported on)

Venture

  • miles
Windshield wipers intermittently go off by themselves when hitting a normal bump in the road, and when the front/rear heater or air conditioner controls are used. In addition, driver's information message center in the extended overhead console has never worked properly. Temperature gauge increases at least 1/8 to 1/4 inches and stayes there. Air bag wires are still exposed to rea rpassenger's seat. Drover's/passengers door locks failed. Headlights go off by themselves every 10 seconds. Finally, evaporative emission canister failed prior to recall. 780180 dup of 533715; posted on 09-07-1999.

- Riverside, CA, USA

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