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Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
542,801 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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2008 Chevrolet Avalanche seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments

problem #20

Jan 012017


  • miles


Dashboard is cracking by passenger side airbag and in front of driver.

- East Moline, IL, USA

problem #19

May 032016


  • 116,977 miles
"takata recall" I have not received a recall notice nor has this problem been fixed. I had front end damage to my truck at about 40 mph and the air bags did not deploy. I was traveling on an highway. By not deploying may have been a good thing. I would like for Chevrolet to correct this asap.

- Lanham, MD, USA

problem #18

Aug 022016


  • miles
Takata recall. We took the truck to the Chevy here in madera, ca so they could replace and order my airbag inflator that needs to be changed. As soon as we received the recall letter. They didn't take no action they told me to wait. I'm concerned because we have children. I want them to be safe in our vehicle. I would like this problem fixed as soon as possible.

- Madera, CA, USA

problem #17

Jul 072015


  • 38,400 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche. When the vehicle was started, the air bag warning light illuminated. The dealer diagnosed that the air bag warning sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred twice. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 38,400.

- South Weymouth, MA, USA

problem #16

Aug 122016


  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche. The contact was notified by the dealer, after attempting to trade in the vehicle, that the vehicle was involved in NHTSA campaign number: 16V383000 (air bags); however, the parts to do the repair were unavailable. The manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Pilot Grove, MO, USA

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problem #15

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 #14

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 #13

Jul 182012


  • 98,000 miles
Recently learned this dash crack and air safety bag was a recall item.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #12

Jan 012016


  • miles
I have a small crack on the top left side dash near the air bag. I feel with this being so close to the air bag it will cause serious harm to anyone sitting inside the cabin. I take very good care of my vehicle and have no understanding on how this could happen, I think it's a bad fabrication on GM.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #11

Apr 202012


  • 9,900,000 miles
Avalanche has a cracked dash board around the airbag

- Murrells Inlet, SC, USA

problem #10

Dec 102015


  • 69,000 miles


Dash on veicle has cracked on both sides twice in three years and Chevy will not fix because out of warranty. Dash is cracked next to top airbag and if airbag is deployed it will throw pieces of sharp dash which is thick plastic all over. This has happened to hundreds of others and Chevy will not fix or help.

- Lady Lake, FL, USA

problem #9

Oct 162015


  • 105,000 miles
The dashboard is cracking. There are two major cracks that touch the passenger airbag and four major cracks over the drive side instrument console. Some cracks have been stop-drilled in an effort to keep them from spreading further. I think the cracks touching the airbag could cause shrapnel in an airbag deployment.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #8

Apr 012009


  • miles
Dashboard has cracked around airbag and above instrument panel. I have seen that this is a common problem with the dash cracking on all of GM model Avalanche, Tahoe, sububan and similar vehicles.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #7

Aug 012012

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 65,400 miles
Multiple dashboard cracks in the proximity of the passenger airbag could cause deployment failure during airbag deployment. This vehicle airbag system is compromised by these cracks. Thousands of GM trucks are affected by cheap dashboard materials that crack within a few months or years of sale. This vehicle has multiple cracks. Many websites and multiple social media sites have been actively discussing this problem yet GM is ignoring the customers. We urge NHTSA to recall these vehicles and force GM to replace these dangerous and defective dashboards. GM continues to exhibit outrageous and irresponsible behavior even after multiple recalls for so many other problems.

- Ramona, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 272014

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 81,738 miles
I was completely stopped behind another vehicle, when a Toyota Tacoma pickup hit the rear of the Avalanche, knocking it into an F250 crew cab 4 wheel drive pickup, the front end was severely damaged and the rear was severely damaged causing it to be totaled.

- Lorena, TX, USA

problem #5

May 162013

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche. The contact stated that while accelerating from a complete stop, the driver and passenger air bags failed to deploy after another vehicle crashed into the contact's passenger front and rear side. The contact sustained bruised ribs, spine, and head injuries. The passenger sustained left and right arm injuries. The vehicle was destroyed and a police report was filed. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 42,000.

- Carson, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 262008


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche. The contact state that while driving 50 mph, a drunk driver crashed into her vehicle and none of the air bags deployed. The passenger sustained injuries on her cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar, and right leg. A police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 5,000 and the current mileage was 79,000.

- Bark River , MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 192012


  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500. While driving approximately 30 mph, the air bag inadvertently deployed without impact to the vehicle. There were no personal injuries. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The malfunction was contributed to a faulty air bag sensor module. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 29,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Lancaster, NY, USA

problem #2

Mar 162011

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • 66,811 miles
Coming home from lacrosse practice with my two sons, we hit a 900 lb cow running across the main road at night. Crushed front end all the way to windshield, very violent blow. We traveling approx. 45 mph at night on a dark road. I received neck, back injuries, vision problems along with soreness in my spine and back. My first son in the front his head hit the dashboard while he was holding his head with his hands. He then was snapped back violently at his head on the back of the seat. First son has head and neck injuries and also is suffering from headaches and also blurry vision. Second son in rear, busted his lip and suffered whiplash and headaches as well. They have been advised to miss lacrosse indefinitely.

- Dickerson, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 142011

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
When the temperature reached 90*+ the airbag warning would go off. When the temperature gets cold 50*- the light would turn off to normal operation.

- Laurel, MD, USA

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