NHTSA — Latches/Locks/Linkages: Tailgate: Latch Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
333 miles

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2003 Buick Rendezvous accessories - exterior problems

accessories - exterior problem

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2003 Buick Rendezvous Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 202005


  • miles


The rear hatch does not stay open. It is a big danger to kids, adults, etc. We can not use the rear of the vehicle at all because we are worried about it crashing down on someone - you need someone to hold it open while the other loads or unload items (eg groceries) in or out of it. Very dangerous.

- Valrico, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 012003

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Transmission failure- replaced 12/04, wheel hub bearing failure-replaced 06/05, heating/ac problems since new 09/03, brake problems since new, window regulators replaced 2X's, hatch latch failure-multiple, parking brake failure 07/04-present, overheating 07/04-present

- Lineboro, MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 192003

Rendezvous 6-cyl

  • miles
The consumer was driving on the freeway at highway speed, when the vehicle was hit buy another vehicle on the passenger side rear quarter panel. The rear liftgate latch tore from the fiber glass liftgate. The liftgate opened and an 8 year old occupant was ejected from the vehicle. Build date May 2003 attorney for client.

- Houston , TX, USA

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