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Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 1
Average Mileage:
6,898 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 Silverado seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments

problem #9

Mar 232006

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Direct frontal impact with side of car that ran red light. Air bag did not deploy. Speed was approximately 40-50 mph.

- Reedville, VA, USA

problem #8

Aug 142005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bags did not inflate with a front end crash that pushed the motor in the dash. Son received head injuries would like to know what you are going to do about this. Pickup was a total loss. Frame was bent. Our attorney would like to push this but I would like to know what you will do for us first. I have pictures if you would like to see them.

- Lake Andes, SD, USA

problem #7

Jun 252004

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
I purchased a new Chevrolet Silverado truck on 8/15/2003. I drove it 15,000 miles and the transmission went out and was replaced. On another trip returning from denver to durango I was driving on a mountain road when the back wheels suddenly, without warning locked up. This caused the truck to go into an uncontrolled skid and I crashed into the side of the mountain. The truck bounced back into the road and almost forced other cars off the highway. The opposite side of the highway was very steep with no guardrail. Had I skidded that direction, I would have tumbled some 200 feet or more. To add to this the airbags did not deploy upon direct frontal impact with the mountain. All of this information was noted in the Colorado highway patrol accident report # 908fzeh21P. General Motors has accepted responsibility but 10+ weeks later has not replaced the totaled truck!

- Durango, CO, USA

problem #6

Aug 142004

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,900 miles


While driving 55 mph consumer's vehicle was involved in a front collision. Upon impact, dual air bags did not deploy. Driver sustained head injuries due to his head hitting the steering wheel. The Chevrolet testers came to inspect the vehicle. They concluded that the impact was not hard enough nor was the vehicle going fast enough for the air bag to deploy.

- Haw River, NC, USA

problem #5

Jan 242004

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 65 mph on the highway, the driver lost control of the vehicle, resulting in a frontal collision. The vehicle went into an embankment. Upon impact, the air bags did not deploy. The driver sustained injuries. Broken sternum, spine and ribs. The consumer was wearing his seat belt. The SDM crash down load from the crash was sent to ODI with pictures of the vehicle.

- Moundville, MO, USA

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problem #4

Jan 242004

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,778 miles
While driving 25 mph the vehicle was involved in a frontal collision. Upon impact, the front air bags did not deploy. The driver sustained neck and back injuries.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #3

Jul 102003

Silverado 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


The vehicle was in an accident and rolled over, the consumer stated she must have fallen asleep at the wheel. Neither front driver or passenger air bags deployed. Driver could not recall whether there was pre-impact braking, but assumed so since it was a natural reaction. Both passengers were wearing seat belts, and the air bag warning light was not illuminated at any time prior to the collision. Driver sustained serious injuries, such as broken ribs/ contusions and bruises. The passenger was killed. ODI spoke to consumer. The complainant was driving the vehicle and may have fell asleep at the wheel. Husband was most likely a sleep in the passenger's front seat at the time of the crash. The vehicle drifted into opposite lane. The driver upon realization of what was going on over corrected and hit a concrete drain resulting in the vehicle flipping 2 1/2 times. The passenger sustained blunt head trauma according to the death certificate. The complainant stated that the injuries to the passenger were on the top/side. The complainant did not remember the details. The passenger was belted but died instantly from the trauma. The driver did remember if she hit the steering wheel.

- Paragonah, UT, USA

problem #2

Jul 312003

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,400 miles
2003 Chevrolet Silverado ext. Cab 4X4 with onstar, wrecked. Hit trees. Truck totalled, front-end damage, side and rear end damage. Air bag did not inflate. Onstar did not work.

- Lavonia, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 052002

(reported on)


  • miles
The vehicle was involved in a frontal collision at highway speed. Upon impact the passenger side air bag did not deployed. Manufacturer has been contacted.

- Los Anglas, CA, USA

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