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Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 1
Average Mileage:
38,851 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Silverado seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #15

Jan 072015


  • 141,000 miles


I was on my way home from work after working a very long day and I fell asleep at the wheel and went off the side of 225. All I remember was waking up in between trees about two feet away from sims bayou. My vehicle was totaled. No air bags deployed.

- Deer Park, TX, USA

problem #14

Dec 222014


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving approximately 15 mph, the air bags on all four doors deployed without warning. The vehicle was not involved in a crash, but the contact sustained unknown injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #13

May 162011


  • 108,000 miles
My dash has cracks near the airbag and I have a concern with safety during a collision or airbag deployment from sharp plastic exposed due to the cracks in the dash cutting the airbag or shards of plastic becoming projectiles potentially causing injury to occupants.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #12

Oct 022014


  • miles


The light on my dashboard reads check airbags and will not go off.

- Grand Isle, LA, USA

problem #11

Sep 282011


  • 36,600 miles
My dash has several cracks in it around the passenger air bag. I am concerned that if the air bag is deployed that the defected dash will become sharp projectiles and cause undue injury to me or my passenger. I have seen many others with same problem and it is a safety concern to me.

- Mchenry, MS, USA

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problem #10

Apr 132011

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The front speakers and one of the extended cab doors speakers do not work.can not hear the warning chime. Sometimes when the truck has been driven for awhile the speakers in the driver's side starts to work. As of 07/11/14 the passenger side door speakers doesn't work unless the truck has been driven for awhile.. I've contacted GM several times on this issue and get the same response, they can not help me without paying them a fee.... I tell them what is happening and they don't care. I sent an email to them on 07/12/14 and haven't heard from them yet. I afraid that the truck is going catch on fire or shut off while I'm driving or when my wife is driving with my kids in the truck.

- Pinckard, AL, USA

problem #9

Jun 022014

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 43,000 miles


Turned key to on position started truck and air bag warning would not go off. Front sensor was cracked. Replaced it on my own!!!!!!!

- Norton, KS, USA

problem #8

Feb 032014

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 59,800 miles
While driving down the road at 35 mph the air bag warning light came on. There was no air bag deployment. It has been determined that the problem is that a left front impact sensor has gone bad.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #7

Feb 182014

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
7:10 a.M. Tuesday morning, I hit black ice and lost control of my vehicle. I proceeded to slide uncontrollably across the road. I then hit a cliff with the front end of my vehicle, once I hit the the cliff my vehicle then flipped in the air and landed on the driver side of the vehicle. Once I had landed on the pavement, another vehicle came along proceeding at around 45 mph. The vehicle proceeded to hit the hood of my vehicle. The driver hit my hood directly with the front end of his vehicle. During the whole incident, I had my seatbelt on. Also it was indicated that my air bags were one and functioning correctly. The vehicle itself was totaled and I sustained whiplash, a slight concussion, severe bruises and cuts, and also received a chipped tooth from hitting the steering wheel with my face.

- Jesse, WV, USA

problem #6

Sep 302013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 72,125 miles
My truck stayed parked for 10 days while on vacation. It was running fine when I parked it. Upon returning from vacation I tried to start it and nothing! it wont even try to turn over. After having a private mechanic look at it he said the fuse block under the hood has a short in it. How can it short out just sitting there? this could be a fire hazard & a safety issue!! I have 2 small children & if I were driving & it caught on fire we all could be injured!!!!!! this should open GM's eyes to have a recall on this vehicle.

- Lewisburg, KY, USA

problem #5

Jul 232010

Silverado 8-cyl

  • miles


Railroad hyrail vehicle equipped, after market, with hyrail wheel assemblies which allow the vehicle to operate on railroad tracks. Once hyrail (flanged) wheels are retracted, the vehicle is operated over the highways and public roads like any other vehicle. On 7/23/2010, at 20th St. And us 34 in Warren county, il., railroad employee was operating a hyrail-equipped vehicle on public roadway when it was struck from behind at an unknown speed while stopped in traffic to make a left hand turn. Striking vehicle was towing a trailer and both vehicles left the roadway and struck a fence. Airbags in the hyrail-equipped vehicle did not deploy. A police report was made. Concern is that the installation of hyrail wheel assemblies might be impacting the airbag sensor. The hyrail wheel assemblies extend approx. One foot of steel framework ahead of the front and rear bumpers. The placement of these assemblies might inadvertently be affecting airbag deployment in crashes on the railroad track and on public roads.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #4

Oct 312012

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Off and on vehicle locks into anti theft mode......sat overnite at walmart..sat overnite at groc store...went to dealer 300 later not fixed they may try this or that $$$$$$$$$$$ each visit is expensive.....called customer support at GM they told me they new nothing about this happening.....googled internet a lot of people are dealing with this....called customer service back they told me not to google internet because many vehicles can break down they do not last the meantime I should return to service because they only hire top notch techs who can fix the problem.....they are not fixing it they are guessing and each time they guess the problem exits but my wallet shrinks.........this passlock even has it's own facebook page.......this is bad and dangerous and expensive....the only solution is to buy a kit and then try to find someone to install to override the system.........this is ridiculous tired of looking at service seatbelt..little car with lock on it and turning key to nothing happening all because passlock failure.

- Conway, SC, USA

problem #3

May 162012

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
The contact's son owns a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, the side air bags deployed. The vehicle was not involved in a crash. The contact stated that the failure sounded like a gun shot. The contact spoke with a dealer and was informed that the failure occurred once before, but the vehicle had not been inspected. The failure and current mileages were 59,000. Updated 6/20/12 the consumer stated the seat belts locked up and now they have to be replaced. Updated 06/22/12

- Wrangell, AK, USA

problem #2

Mar 222012


  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while stopped, the driver's side air bag deployed inside of the steering wheel and the seat belt pre-tensioner activated as if the vehicle were involved in a crash. The activating of the pre-tensioner injured the contact's shoulder during the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where the contact was informed that the air bag sensor module and pre-tensioner needed to be replaced. No repairs were performed. The failure and current mileages were 41,000.

- Hastings, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 302011

Silverado 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree. Neither the driver nor the passenger side air bags deployed. The vehicle was destroyed and the contact sustained head and back injuries. The contact did call the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 66,000. Updated 02/15/12 updated 02/24/12

- Murfreesboro, AR, USA

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