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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,922 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments

problem #20

Nov 212016


  • miles


On November 21, 2016 I noticed 2 cracks in my dash. One crack approximately 6" long over the instrument cluster and one crack approximate 2" long on the passenger side near the airbag. I am the 2nd owner of this vehicle which I purchased in may of 2012. I have kept it in my garage and installed a dash cover just after purchase. At the time I noticed the cracks, it had 66,800 miles. I average 5000 miles per year.

- Gold Canyon, AZ, USA

problem #19

Oct 012016


  • 88,000 miles
Dashboard is beginning to crack above the steering wheel & above the passenger air bag. Seen while vehicle is stopped, but appears to be growing as truck is driven. Date of discovery is approximate - vehicle was purchased used from riverside Chevrolet in wetumpka, al.

- Wetumpka, AL, USA

problem #18

Nov 102016


  • 22,000 miles
Cracked dash out of nowhere. The truck has 22000 garage kept miles and is basically used only for pleasure.dash cracked over speedometer and around air bag. Who knows what happens if airbag would be deployed, what pcs of dash go flying.

- Manheim, PA, USA

problem #17

Oct 152016


  • 21,750 miles


2008 Chevy Avalanche dash cracked in two places.truck is always garage kept and driven slightly with only 22000 mi on it. Don't know when happened, all of a sudden noticed the cracks.this truck does not bake in the sun. Truck is like new condition, except with ugly dash cracks, one crack over odometer 5"long and another at the air bag, which makes me wonder what would happen to dash pc if airbag would deploy.

- Manheim, PA, USA

problem #16

Nov 252015


  • 94,000 miles
The dash has cracked in 2 places, left and right side on the top. Appears to be from being stressed or torque. I'm original owner and never place anything on the dash to cause these cracks. Pictures attached. Concerned about air bag deployment and dash flying off in my face.

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

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problem #15

Jun 012016


  • 68,000 miles
Dash panel has cracked by passenger air bag and on driver side above instrument cluster.

- East Moline, IL, USA

problem #14

Apr 202015


  • 146,000 miles


My dash cracked by passenger side airbag and now I have a huge crack above the instrument panel. I know there are hundreds of complaints about the dash cracking. I am along with others are very concerned if we are in accident the pieces of from broken/cracked will cause bodily injuries. To get repaired GM wants consumers to take on expense of fixing their faulty material & construction of dash. What are we "GM" vehicle owners to do? can't sell it or trade bc we would money due this issue. Help!!

- Castor, LA, USA

problem #13

Aug 282016


  • miles
Dashboard cracked. Safety hazard. This is my second 2008 Avalanche. My first one had a dashboard that cracked also. GM replaced it. I got in an accident and bought another 2008 Avalanche. Now the dashboard has cracked in this truck. GM is refusing to fix it. I have four kids. This is a safety hazard. This needs to be recalled!!!! thank you

- La Verne, CA, USA

problem #12

Jul 212016


  • 126,701 miles
I own a 2008 Chevy Avalanche that has the dashboard cracking by the airbag and above the dashboard cluster which is going to resul in someone getting seriously injured or even lost of a life (deaf). While driving on a rough road a section of the dash broke from being cracked striking me in my face next to my left eye. If not have reacted in urgent moment the dashboard piece that broke from the dash would have struck me in the eye and could have caused me to loose my eye. I contacted GM coporate office about the problem and was told not there problem. U guys really need to recall this defect urgent as possible because the next owner with a cracked dashboard might not be as lucky as I where may loose there eye or even there life. It's a shame that GM don't care N it seems after looking at all the complaints that's been received here NHTSA doesn't care if someone get seriously injured or lost of life either. So much for our government.

- Magee, MS, USA

problem #11

Jul 162014


  • 78,000 miles
Plastic dashboard is cracking several places. Most of the cracks are around the passenger airbag. The cracks form sharp edges in the plastic. I fear that these sharp objects could become projectiles in a crash.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #10

Jan 012008


  • miles


Dashboard is cracked by airbag which can cause very serious harm to the body with fragments from the dash if airbag if ever deployed. It also can result in deaf due to this problem. GM need to fix this soon and urgent!

- Magee, MS, USA

problem #9

May 222016


  • 53,996 miles
Takata recall dash cracked over instrument panel and at air-bag on passenger side of vehicle. As far as I know the truck was stationary as it is garage kept. I noticed crack when I heard rattle shortly after leaving my driveway. Concerned about airbag deploying and throwing shrapnel on me.

- Smyrna, TN, USA

problem #8

Jun 012015


  • 69,000 miles
I am concerned as all other GM owners of a cracked dashboard. My dash is crack in front of the driver seat and by the passenger airbag causing great concern. If the dashboard would shatter during the deployment of the passenger airbag, injury or serious injury could occur from projectile plastic. Also, the cracked plastic could puncture of tear the deployed airbag and deflate the protective abilities of this device.

- Midland, GA, USA

problem #7

Oct 032015


  • miles
Bought used in the beginning of September 2015 and a month later noticed two cracks in my dashboard (one by the passenger side air bag and the other over the gauge cluster). In November I contacted Chevrolet customer service after reading many have had similar problems and they had a dealership look at it at their expense but told me it would take over $1,000 to repair. I feel that if this is a common problem, GM should be responsible for because if I were to get in an accident the dashboard can become pieces of shrapnel and interfere with the airbag deployment.

- Ruther Glen, VA, USA

problem #6

Jan 012016


  • miles
I just noticed that there are 2 cracks in dashboard of my 2008 Chevy Avalanche. One above the instrument panel, and the other on the passenger side. As reported numerous times here I am concerned that the cracked plastic could be dangerous and potentially damage the airbags on deployment.

- Clover, SC, USA

problem #5

Oct 012014


  • 82,000 miles
My dashboard on my Chevy Avalanche has been cracked for awhile. I was getting in my truck on the way to work one morning and noticed my dashboard had cracked. Once arriving to work in casual conversation with my coworkers, I mentioned that my dash was cracked. Among the people I was speaking with, 2 of them had the same problem. At the end of my work day I called Chevrolet and was told there was nothing they could do about it, I also called on the following day and spoke with someone else and they apologized and told me same thing, nothing that they can do about it.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #4

Oct 032015


  • miles
The dashboard on my Chevrolet Avalanche is cracked and broken in several places. I believe this to be a serious hazard. Is there a fix for this problem from GM?

- Collierville, TN, USA

problem #3

Jun 122013


  • 28,000 miles
I too noticed a small crack on the driver's side dash just above instruments. In a very short time, the crack grew to about 8 inches. Now my still, very nice truck makes all kinds of noise from the dash being so loose. I see many complaints about this very same problem but yet GM still doesn't want to fix a well known problem. Now my resale value is going to be far lower. Please can anyone help? many of us have this same problem with our Chevy Avalanche trucks, which cost about $40,000 new. GM should be accountable for selling cheaply made dashboards in an expensive truck.

- Kapaau, HI, USA

problem #2

May 232014


  • 51,000 miles
I noticed a small crack on the drivers side just above instruments. In a very short time the crack grew to about 8 inches. So now my still very nice truck makes all kinds of noise from the dash being so loose. I see many complaints about this very same problem but yet GM still doesn't want to fix a well known problem. Now my resale value is going to be lower. Please can anyone help so many of us that have this problem with there truck that are by no means cheap. GM should be accountable for selling cheaply made dashboards in an expensive truck.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 252011

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The chrome on the interior front door handles is cracking and has caused minor razor like cuts. The problem is identical to oid id NO10429541. The local Chevrolet dealer immediately recognized the problem, but indicated the tsb only applied to model year 2007. I believe this should be expanded to cover all affected years and models. Consumer cancelled request 04/13/12

- Denver, CO, USA

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