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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,333 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Express seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Chevrolet Express Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 162016


  • 0 miles


Vehicle had an electronically failed frontal crash sensor.I purchased a new part from GM.the part was installed and the connector would not fit in.I checked the alighnment of slots and the configuration matched the old one. Upon further investigation I noticed the mold of the plastic was distorted.checking the origin of this part (made in singapore).my thoughts are that if there not testing the fit, how can we be sure that in the event of a crash it would even send the signal to deploy the air bag.even though the SDM unit checks the resistance value and ok's the part as being good.also I am an ase certified master tech with 34 years experience.I just am upset that the profit margin should play a role in vehicle passenger safety.

- Highland Park, NJ, USA

problem #2

Mar 312014

Express 8-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
While driving down the road at approximately 50 mph all warning lights on the dash lit up, the speedometer ceased to function, the radio cut out, the airbags were reporting as nonfunctional, the ABS system was reporting nonfunctional. Took vehicle to local mechanic who said the problem appeared to be caused by corrosion on the ABS sensor as well as corrosion on the power distribution cables into the fuse box. According to the mechanic GM was aware of the problem, as technical bulletins dating back to around 2005 were issued. He also stated should it happen at the time of an accident the air bags would likely fail to deploy, and the problem in general could lead to the possibility of a vehicle fire. According to him the entire problem could have been avoided by the manufacturer if they had made sure the cables were wrapped in shrink tube-thus eliminating the introduction of moisture to the electrical wires.

- Karthaus, PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 172013

Express 8-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
On July 17, 2013 I crashed my 2008 roadtrek 190 popular (Chevrolet Express 3500 chassis) in a roadside ditch. Fortunately no one was hurt but the driver-side airbag did not deploy. Neither did the passenger-side airbag but it may have been turned off. In any event, the seriousness of the crash suggests that there may have been a malfunction of the airbag. I have no intent to seek any damages from roadtrek or GM as I did not sustain any significant injury and was adequately restrained by my seatbelt. I am letting you know just in case this might be a problem on some of these vehicles. Contact me via email if you want photos or the location of the vehicle.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

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