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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
138,200 miles

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2002 GMC Sierra 1500 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 GMC Sierra 1500 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 262016

Sierra 1500

  • 200,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 GMC Sierra 1500. While driving 55 mph, the contact's son crashed into the rear of the preceding vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The driver sustained a concussion, a neck injury, nose bruising, and back injuries due to the seat belt tightening. Medical attention was received. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a towing company. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and no repairs were made to the vehicle. The failure mileage was 200,000.

- Mcpherson, KS, USA

problem #4

Jan 242013

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 155,000 miles
While driving down the highway in the far right lane. Going about 60 miles a hour we hit a patch of black ice. The vehicle started to fishtail. The driver kept the vehicle from spinning out and doing a 360. We crossed over 3 lanes of traffic, without hitting another vehicle. When the truck finally griped on to the road we had no way of avoiding the center median, a concret wall divider. Upon impact neither the driverside or the passengerside airbags deployed. We hit the wall at a 70 degree angle so it was pretty much head on. Why didn't the airbags deploy"?????" from reading other posts on other sites it sounds like this happens a lot. Why isn't there a recall. Apparently there is something wrong and it's unsafe. ## VIN passed ## GMC, Sierra, 1500, 2002 ##

- Pinckney, MI, USA

problem #3

Feb 032012

Sierra 1500

  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 GMC Sierra 1500. While driving approximately 65 mph, the contact crashed into a concrete wall head first. The air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained injuries to the ribs, shoulder and right knee. The passenger sustained injuries to the right knee and lacerations to the neck from the seat belt. The contact and the passenger were transported to the hospital via ambulance. The police reported to the scene and a report was filed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The manufacturer had the vehicle inspected by an engineer. The contact stated the manufacturer did not explain the cause of the air bag failure. The vehicle was destroyed and not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 103,000.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 032012

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
We were traveling West bound on george bush turnpike in plano, Texas at the N central expressway exit a vehicle traveling in the lane to our right came into my lane cutting me off and I swerved to miss said vehicle and corrected to the left and corrected back to the right to miss a vehicle coming up on my left. It had been raining and the roads were slick, we went into a skid and into a concert barrier traveling around 60 to 65 miles an hour. No other vehicle was involved. Myself and my passenger were both injured. We received substantial seatbelt trauma to our upper torso and myself as the drive sustained a broken knee cap and my passenger received deep bruising to her upper torso and shoulder and deep bruise and tissue trauma to her knee.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 292007

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles
This vehicle was involved in a single vehicle accident hitting a gaurdrail and concrete divider. The 2002 GMC sierra1 1500 ext. Cab truck has been totaled by the insurance company. There was extensive damage to the front end, hood, side panel, bed, and bumper, driver side tire, etc. The air bag failed to deploy. It also appeared the seat belt jammed upon impact as opposed to locking as it is supposed to. Even though the injuries were not severe, she hit her head on the steering wheel, and had sustained problems from the excessive impact among other things. Someone should check into why the air bag did not deploy as well as the seat belt.

- Granbury, TX, USA

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