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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,335 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1996 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup body / paint problems

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1996 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 292005

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 94,629 miles


: the contact stated while kneeling on the tailgate both cables broke. The contact sustained minor injuries. The vehicle was taken to the dealership and the cables were replaced. There is a NHTSA recall, # 06V066000, regarding the tailgate cables. The vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall; however it is not included in the recall due to the VIN. Updated 3/28/2006 -

- Eaton Rapids, MI, USA

problem #4

Jun 102002

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 77,000 miles
Normal use prior to the failure; was loading a riding lawnmower into my Chevy S-10 pickup when both tailgate cables failed, injuring my friend. I had to have the dealer replace the straps, as the part is not available outside the dealership. Cost was over $300!

- Utica, OH, USA

problem #3

Oct 302004

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles
Failure of tailgate cable which holds up the tailgate. The cable just snapped into two peices. It broke in the middle. Sudden unexpected failure !!!

- Seymour, IN, USA

problem #2

Jul 252004

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 150,045 miles
The cables that hold the tailgate in the open position fail and break, allowing the tailgate to drop below the normal position. This is the third time the cables have broken. They were replaced in the past with parts from the Chevy dealer. A friend with the same truck has also had the cables break. If someone was standing or sitting on the tailgate when it drops unexpctedly, serious injury could result.

- Brookeville, MD, USA

problem #1

Aug 272000

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Cable that supports tailgate snapped & fell down. Consumer & child were siiting in the rear when it happened, but no one was hurt. Consumer will contact manufacturer.

- Marysville, OH, USA

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