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Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 1
Average Mileage:
29,519 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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2003 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 252008

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet S-10. While driving approximately 45 mph on a dirt road, the contact drove over a patch of wet grass and lost control of the vehicle. He attempted to regain control of the vehicle, struck a tree, and the vehicle flipped over. The air bags failed to deploy and the vehicle was completely destroyed. The contact sustained three broken ribs and bruises. A police report was filed. The failure and current mileages were 50,000. Updated 07/22/08 updated 07/24/08

- Reagan, TN, USA

problem #5

Oct 252007

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet S-10. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle crashed into a telephone pole after the brake pedal was depressed. The air bags failed to deploy. The road conditions were wet. A police report was filed. The dealer stated that the air bags did not deploy because the crash did not occur on an air bag sensor; however, they felt that the air bags should have still deployed due to the impact. The contact sustained a strained neck, bruised and swollen larynx, bruised muscles, and a herniated disk due to the seat belt. As of October 29, 2007, the dealer had not repaired the vehicle. The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 67,000.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #4

Jan 022007

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,672 miles
- the contact called regarding the 2005 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck. The contacts vehicle was involved in a front end collision and neither the seat belt pretensioner nor the air bag deployed. The contact was traveling at 30 mph. The vehicle struck the contacts vehicle in front. The contact received minor injuries. There was a police report. The vehicle was towed away. The failure mileage was 23672. The consumer has provided a police report from the accident and the invoices for the damage as a result of the crash. Update 4/23/07

- Talbott, TN, USA

problem #3

Aug 232005

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


My husband was involved in a car accident in the brooklyn battery tunnel on 8/23/05. The front of his vehicle hit into the rear of another car. His airbag never deployed. My husband died at the scene of the accident. Although he did have his seat belt on, his head did break the windshield. Geico car insurance totaled the vehicle. I want to be sure that this does not happen to anyone else.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 122003

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,442 miles
My son was driving my Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck on interstate highway 75 going South around exit for 9 mile road. He met with an accident with the vehicle in front of it a Jeep Cherokee. The truck was towed by Michigan state police. My insurance company inspected the vehicle and totaled it. The front end of the truck was very badly damaged. My complaint is that both the airbags of the truck did not engage. According to the police officer and my insurance inspector said the airbags should have engaged. I called GM and filed a complaint on 07-14-2003. Complaint number 1-118887130. Was called by mike dimare of the GM customer complaints center. He requested me to fax the repair estimate and the photos to him which was done on 07-17-2003. Just wanted to let your offices know that this incidence has scared my 16 year son so much that he does not want to get in a GM vehicle at all.

- Flint, MI, USA

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problem #1

Jun 152003

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Consumer states that while driving at 40 mph vehicle was in a collision. Consumer states that drivers air bag did not deploy. Dealer notified.

- Pen Argyl, PA, USA

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