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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,750 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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1996 Chevrolet Blazer electrical problems

electrical problem

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1996 Chevrolet Blazer Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 312006

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 174,000 miles


: the contact stated shortly after the vehicle was parked, flames were noticed dropping to the ground under the front end of the vehicle. Grey smoke was also observed coming from under the hood. The vehicle burned completely, and was considered a total loss. There was a police report and a fire department report processed at the scene. The heat from the fire melted the rear end of another vehicle parked in front of it, and did moderate damage to a third vehicle parked alongside the second vehicle. Updated 12/01/06.

- Sevierville, TN, USA

problem #7

Jun 162001


  • miles
While parked a fire started on right side of vehicle. Local fire department arrived to extinguish fire. They believed that fire was caused by an electrical short. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Riversdale, IL, USA

problem #6

Sep 202001

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
I am seriously concerned about enguine fires on these vehicles. We also lost a 1995 Blazer to a fire approximately 6 months ago. I have learned of many similar losses to others through informal contact with car owners, mostly by mentioning this in conversation and finding out that there was a friend or relative with a similar problem. This should be investigated. I am extremely thankful that during both fires my 3 and 5 year olds were not in the car and strapped into their car seats. The smoke was horrible and filled the car quickly. This could have been disasterous.

- Jermyn, PA, USA

problem #5

Nov 222000

Blazer 4WD

  • miles


While driving at 50 mph heard a muffled pop looked out driver side view mirror to see flames shooting out left rear of car. Turned around to see entire rear of car engulfed in flames. Pulled over, flames at rear tire, got family out and in 5 minutes entire car was totally engulfed in flames. Have contacted GM who refused to give me any idea of what a problem cause was. Help.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #4

Apr 012000

(reported on)

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
Operating tilt steering causes wires in harness to bend or crimp causing wire to break and therefore loss of headlights, also shorts out other circuts in harness.could possibly cause a fire.

- Meadville, PA, USA

problem #3

Oct 231999

Blazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving driver felt hesitation in the engine. Soon after, there was smoke and flames shooting out from under the hood. Dealer has not seen vehicle.

- Cumberland, MD, USA

problem #2

Feb 121999

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
No summary

- Pawhuska, OK, USA

problem #1

Nov 061996

Blazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Electrical short under the hood caused a fire while vehicle was parked. Will provide more information.

- Farmington, PA, USA

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