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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,739 miles

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2011 GMC Sierra 1500 seat belts / air bags problems

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2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Jun 012016

Sierra 1500

  • miles

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

Takata recall. The contact owns a 2011 GMC Sierra 1500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V381000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was not yet available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #21

Sep 012016

Sierra 1500

  • miles
Dash has begun to crack all over particularly around air bag. Crack just started to appear and are getting worse. This is a common problem in GMC

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #20

Oct 152016

Sierra 1500

  • 56,660 miles
Noticed cracks in two places on the dash. The airbag cover is also popping up a little. Just noticed when getting in vehicle in the morning. Vehicle was parked.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #19

Sep 122016

Sierra 1500

  • miles

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

Takata recall. The contact owns a 2011 GMC Sierra 1500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V381000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Winthicum, MD, USA

problem #18

Mar 112015

Sierra 1500

  • 50,000 miles
Dashboard around the passenger side airbag is cracked in 2 corners

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

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problem #17

May 312016

Sierra 1500

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2011 GMC Sierra 1500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V381000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #16

Jun 052016

Sierra 1500

  • miles

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

Takata recall. The contact owns a 2011 GMC Sierra 1500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V381000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Mandeville, LA, USA

problem #15

Jul 102016

Sierra 1500

  • 47,600 miles
Takata recall GM recall Sierra airbags, with special note that I live in and purchased my vehicle in a high risk high humidity area South Carolina but are fighting basis of takata recall until they do their own testing. I called dealer and GM directly: No further info. GM keeps stating parts not available and are not addressing concern- they are fighting the reality takata airbags are defective. From GM's website: Safety & non-compliance recalls what's this? ¿GM recall #: ¿2049151 ¿NHTSA # ¿16V381 ¿date issued: ¿May 27, 2016 recall title: Passenger airbag inflators recall description: Takata corporation (¿takata¿) has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain 2007-2011 Cadillac escalade, escalade esv, escalade ext, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado 1500, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra 1500, Yukon, Yukon XL, and 2009-2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 and GMC Sierra 2500/3500 vehicles. This is based upon takata's decision that front passenger airbag inflators it supplied to GM are defective. Accordingly, GM will conduct a recall of its airbag inflators covered by takata's defect information report, unless GM is able to prove to NHTSA's satisfaction that the inflators in its vehicles do not pose an unreasonable risk to safety. Safety risk description: The propellant in some types of takata airbag inflators can degrade over time, especially after long term exposure in hot and humid regions. If the propellant degrades to a certain level, the inflators may rupture during deployment, causing serious or fatal injuries. Repair description: You will be notified when there are parts available to remedy your vehicle. You can also check the status of this recall at my.GM.com/recalls. GM considers your vehicle safe to drive. ________________________________________ recall status: Incomplete. Remedy not yet available

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #14

May 122016

Sierra 1500

  • 40,000 miles
Dashboard is cracked directly adjacent to the air bag, I am concerned that plastic pieces of dashboard will become dangerous flying objects in the event of an impact that deploys the airbag. I have been talking with GM and the local dealership for months now and they will not accept responsibility. This is a continuing safety issue experienced by GMC Sierra owners

- Pleasanton, CA, USA

problem #13

Jun 132016

Sierra 1500

  • miles
I am afraid if the airbag in the passenger side dashboard were to ever deploy, flying plastic from the dashboard will cause a safety hazard. My dash has a crack in it already and I believe it to be a design flaw on GM's part.

- Humboldt, TN, USA

problem #12

May 182016

Sierra 1500

  • 61,500 miles

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

The dashboard has major cracks around the airbag and the cluster areas. When you spend 45,000 or more on a vehicle you expect a quality product. I sold my BMW 750 li and purchased this GMC Sierra 1500 denali 2011. I have viewed multiple videos of people having the same concerns and/or issues after I purchased this vehicle this clearly a defective part that GM does not want to address. America is better than this. I know this does not matter but I will never purchase another american vehicle and have purchased a lot of vehicles domestic and foreign. Let's do the right thing!

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #11

Nov 102015

Sierra 1500

  • 100,000 miles
Cracking around the air bag with the dash which could turn to shrapnel in the even the airbag deploys.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #10

Mar 012016

Sierra 1500

  • 40,000 miles
My truck has developed a crack on the dash, starting at the top left-hand corner of the front passenger airbag. It has cracked entirely through to the dash trim piece roughly 3-4 inches away. Not only is it a tremendous eye-sore, that most of my passengers notice and comment on... but has me extremely worried about safety. If this vehicle were to be in a collision and the airbag is deployed, I am sure that fragments of plastic would be propelled through the interior of the vehicle as the airbag fired. I have contacted my local dealership, and they state it is not covered, and have quoted me a repair cost of just over $1,000. This defect in the dash piece seems to be a recurring incident in a lot of 2007-2013 GM trucks. My dash pops and creaks while driving, and I can't afford the insane replacement costs associated with this repair. GM needs to take a closer look at this situation.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #9

May 042016

Sierra 1500

  • 55,000 miles
Cracks on both the corner of the passenger air bag and on the driver's side above the instrument cluster. One on driver's side is about 6 inches long.

- Middleburg, FL, USA

problem #8

May 012014

Sierra 1500

  • miles
Cracked dash in several places, including around airbag. Concerned about safety.

- Saint Rose, LA, USA

problem #7

Sep 152015

Sierra 1500

  • 64,500 miles
My Sierra has two cracks in the dash, one in the middle and the other from the airbag to the vent. This is very common in GM trucks from 2007-2013, with the crack from the airbag to the vent being the most common. There is a facebook page dedicated to this defect with thousands of examples. I believe this could be a safety hazard if the airbag deploys and sends plastic shards throughout the cab.

- Newburg, MO, USA

problem #6

Jan 292013

Sierra 1500

  • miles
My truck has developed several cracks in the dash. One in particular on the passenger airbags which leads me to feel very unsafe. If the airbag is deployed, what's to prevent the dash from shattering and cutting the airbag rendering it useless or worse, the dash becoming shrapnel?

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #5

Jun 292015

Sierra 1500

  • 58,000 miles
Dashboard is cracked directly adjacent to the air bag, this is happening to a large number of GMC and Chevy owners, I am concerned that plastic pieces of dashboard will become dangerous flying objects in the event of an impact that deploys the airbag. I have been talking with GM and the local dealership for 3 months now and they will not accept responsibility.

- Elizabeth, CO, USA

problem #4

Aug 292014

Sierra 1500

  • 75,000 miles
I was driving down the interstate at 65 mph and heard a pop. I looked over and my dashboard had cracked right next to the airbag. On a non related instance my engine is now making a ticking noise that I will be taking to a dealer to check out.

- Elizabethtown, KY, USA

problem #3

Jul 292015

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
A crack has appeared on the top left corner of where the airbag is. Failure in this area should be a cause for concern and during airbag deployment, this weak point could be an area of projectile. A number of other vehicle owners of the same vehicle have the same issue, and this should be considered for a recall due to safety concerns....updated 03-10-16

- Katy, TX, USA

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