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Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 3
Average Mileage:
5,071 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.

2002 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #7

May 012005

S-10 Pickup

  • miles


Defective air bags on 2002 Chevrolet S10 truck. Consumer feels that the air bags are defective. During three different accidents the air bags did not deploy. The consumer stated the last accident totaled the vehicle.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #6

May 032007

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The truck was in a head-on collision with a large tree at freeway speeds. Vehicle was hit in center of bumper with sufficient force to push engine into bulkhead and distorting dashboard and interior. Vehicle was totaled. My father was killed in the accident. Police reported he was not wearing a seat belt. Our concern was why wasn't the air bad deployed during crash. The air bag warning light was not illuminated shortly before the crash.

- Scotts Valley, CA, USA

problem #5

May 082005

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,500 miles
Hit and killed two horses, the consumer hit them with the front end of her vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. The consumer was wearing a seat belt but still hit the windshield, the steering wheel and console. She suffered several major injuries. The consumer has not spoken with the manufacturer or dealer to find out why the air bags did not deploy. The consumer planned to contact the manufacturer and dealer.

- Lindrith, NM, USA

problem #4

Jul 092003

S-10 Pickup

  • 3,000 miles


Vehicle was involved in a collision while driving at 35 mph. Vehicle was hit on the front and the passenger sides. Upon impact, none of the air bags deployed, and driver's side seat belt failed to retract. As a result, consumer hit the steering wheel and sustained a concussion. Vehicle sustained extensive damage. Manufacturer's investigator after inspecting the air bags indicated the reason that they didn't deploy was because they weren't hit right.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #3

Jul 052002

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Car was a total loss. No airbags. Demolished beyond belief. Large amount of plastic used in making car. Very bothered by this accident, and am seeking information to see if this is something that has happened to other small pick-up trucks. Concerned for teenagers/people's safety.

- Fresno, CA, USA

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problem #2

Jul 152002

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was involved in a frontal collision at 35mph. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy, resulting in driver sustaining injury.

- Georgetown, DE, USA

problem #1

Apr 092002

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
While trying to slow down consumer's vehicle ran into another vehicle head-on, and none of the air bags came out.

- Paylos Hills, IL, USA

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