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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,799 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Jan 062014

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • 50,250 miles


SRS warning came on. Had fault code. Called Chevy dealer and they said I would need a new airbag. I researched and found that GM does know about this and even put out a tsb. It is a connector to the airbag itself located in the left kick panel. The fix is to clean the connector or replace it. No new airbag is needed but it did reoccur about a year later. Recleaned and ok again. This is a safety item and should be a recall. Since GM knew it I must assume that NHTSA knew it also. I can see where a lot of people would not fix this and just drive like this since a lot of technicians think you need a new airbag when it is in fact poor wiring by GM.

- Brentwood, CA, USA

problem #21

Oct 242014

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 161,378 miles
When I got in the truck to go to work, airbag warning light along with the dic notification where on. With a osb II reader, got a code or "B0104 front right senor replace". replaced the senor at owners expense. With new part installed the warning light and dic message cleared.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #20

Oct 082014

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
Check airbag light stays on.. do I need to disengage? please advise.

- Rapid City, SD, USA

problem #19

Oct 012014


  • 77,000 miles


For no apparent reason, the air bag warning lights on vehicle came on when starting the vehicle. Vehicle has not been involved in any accident. Vehicle was taken in for repair and repair shop said the front sensors for no apparent reason had gone defective disabling the air bags on vehicle. Sensors had to be replaced and I was told parts were only available from a Chevrolet dealership. After repair I checked online and found numerous other owners of Chevrolet vehicles have experienced the same problem. I am concerned with the safety issue of disabled air bags when this part goes defective for no reason.

- Colorado City, CO, USA

problem #18

Aug 032007

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • 22,775 miles
Service air bag warning light has been on since 2007, when vehicle was still under warranty. Has been to bob grimm Chevrolet in morton, il for this same problem approx 9 times. I no longer live in the vicinity of this dealer, and wouldn't want them working on it again since they have been unable to repair multiple times. Written communication to GM all the way up to CEO has not resolved this issue. Jack schmitt Chevrolet in O'fallon, il did a diagnostic and reported the air bag in my vehicle is used. Nobody has ever worked on the truck regarding the air bag except bob grimm Chevrolet. My understanding is when this light is on, the air bag will not deploy, endangering my life.

- Troy, IL, USA

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problem #17

Jul 032012

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • 72,568 miles
While driving down the road my service air bag light when on, was told air bags and safety products would not work unless fixed, $500 later done 2yrs later 08/22/14 light is on again"? 30,000 more miles" I never off road and keep my stuff very nice.

- Grant, MI, USA

problem #16

Aug 312014

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • 64,535 miles


As I was driving the "service air bag" warning appeared in the information center of the dash and the air bag light started to blink. There was no reason for the warning light. I re-set the information center and the warning reappeared. Very disappointing as there are only 64,537 miles on the vehicle. I checked on the internet to see if there was a recall for this problem for my vehicle, as the miles are very low on my vehicle. Of course there was none for my vehicle. It appears this is a common problem with GM vehicles and an extra expense to the owners. I'm very disappointed at this point. I could not locate any recalls for my vehicle VIN, but there were other recalls involving the air bags with other GM vehicles. I'm lost for words.

- Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #15

Aug 012014

Silverado 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Air bag light stays on.

- Pawtucket, RI, USA

problem #14

Aug 182014


  • 35,300 miles
Turned key on and light saying service airbag came on. Local mechanic said he read that there was going to be a recall on it.

- Marion, IN, USA

problem #13

Jun 112013


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the air bag sensor light was illuminated. The vehicle was diagnosed by an independent mechanic that determined a sensor inside the front bumper was the cause of the defect. The contact also reported that the driver's side rear brake line was rusted and ruptured, which caused the rear brakes to become inoperable. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired for the problem. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 72,000.

- Mars, PA, USA

problem #12

Jun 212013


  • 81,900 miles


Service airbag light on.

- Absecon, NJ, USA

problem #11

Jul 012013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
My air bag sensor malfunctioned. This is a part that should be guaranteed by General Motors. Instead I paid over $500 dollars to have it repaired at a dealership. 64K miles / 8 years and the air bag sensor needs to be replaced? I searched online and noticed many others are having this problem. GM got a government bailout and should be required to pay for this repair.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #10

Jun 112013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 53,005 miles
Upon starting the truck for the first time on 6-11-2013 the "service air bag" light came on and has stayed on. There is no reason for the failure other than poor craftsmanship.

- Jamestown, PA, USA

problem #9

Mar 142013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 159,250 miles
Upon starting truck in morning, "service air bag" message came on. Took to dealer who said the L front impact sensor failed and needs to be replaced $400+. cost seems excessive and the safety system failure, if that is what it really is, should not be my responsibility.

- East Wenatchee, WA, USA

problem #8

Nov 152012


  • 167,520 miles
I was driving the vehicle at normal speeds and I have had this vehicle for about 6 months and never have had a problem with it. All the sudden I get a message that says "service air bag". I took the truck to the dealer and they diagnosed it and they said that the truck needs a new front drivers side impact sensor that went bad. This truck has never been in an accident and the airbags have never been deployed. They told me that if this repair does not get done, if I have an accident the airbags wouldn't deploy.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #7

Sep 062012

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Service air bag light was activated without any reason.

- Pueblo West, CO, USA

problem #6

Jul 042011

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
I was driving 75 mph with my cruise control on, and the speedometer dropped to 35 mph. Shortly after, about 10 miles, the air bag light came on. The speedometer reset after turning off the ignition switch and worked properly. This happened again two more times, and the speedometer failed completely. The air bag light remained on and is still on at 123,000 miles. Diagnostic check showed number 1 air bag sensor fault. Replaced sensor. Air bag light still on. I sent the speedometer head to a private mechanic in Minnesota, and it now works fine.

- Bellevue, MI, USA

problem #5

Mar 012012

Silverado 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
2005 Chevy Silverado CK1500. Consumer writes in regards to disabling the switch for the drivers' airbag or if she can obtain a waiver so that the dealership can disable the driver's airbag the consumer stated she has to have the seat up all the way, in order to reach the pedals; particularly the clutch. The consumer stated there is no way she can back further than the recommended 10 inches from the steering wheel, due to her height.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 132011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the wiring for the air bag sensor under the passenger seat was failing. The VIN was available. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 50,000.

- Levittown, PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 272006

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,100 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle was involved in an accident on dry roads. Two vehicles collided in front of the contact, causing an emergency braking situation. The contact collided with the rear of the second vehicle, and the air bags did not deploy. The contact was injured in the accident. An independent repair shop was consulted and they were unable to duplicate the problem.

- Apopka, FL, USA

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