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Crashes / Fires:
13 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
13 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,766 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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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 seat belts / air bags problems

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Owner Comments

problem #13

Jan 092018

Silverado 1500

  • 80,000 miles


Vehicle was traveling down a state highway when it went off the road, down a short embankment, hit at least 2 trees before coming to rest. The collision was a frontal collision and the vehicle was a total loss. The airbag, however, did not deploy during the accieent.

- West Plains, MO, USA

problem #12

Oct 212013

Silverado 1500

  • 103,000 miles
Driving on roadway and hit a concrete mail box air bags didn't deploy had surgery on my left arm broken left leg fibula had a bowel blockage hit a illegal construction mail box made of concrete blocks and rebar airbags didn't deploy

- Cocoa, FL, USA

problem #11

Jan 162015

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
I T-boned a mini van that failed to to yield on a turn at 35 mph, my airbags did not deploy.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #10

Jul 262014

Silverado 1500

  • miles


I own a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The brakes failed while attempting to stop the vehicle in a 35mph zone. The brakes initially worked and then the pedal went to the floor. I could feel the ABS engage but not stop hitting a vehicle in front of me. When I exited the vehicle I could smell the brake fluid and observed fluid leaking from multiple locations. The air bags did not deploy. The driver of the vehicle sustained injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle is currently being repaired by the manufactures dealer.

- Rockaway, NJ, USA

problem #9

Aug 022014

Silverado 1500

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owned a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that the brakes failed while driving downhill. As a result, the vehicle was crashed into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. The driver was injured and the vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified. The speed was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Swanton, MD, USA

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problem #8

Jun 022014

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
After exiting the off ramp of I264 in portsmouth, Virginia I sped up to approximately 35 mph and approached the next stop light. Upon applying pressure to the brake pedal no resistance was noted and the slowing of the vehicle was found negligible. I rear ended a vehicle in front of me at approximately 25 mph. Both cars involved in the accident were pulled into the median out of traffic. As I exited the vehicle I noticed fluid dripping from the truck frame at the forward hinge of the driver side door. The dripping fluid was brake fluid. I suspect a ruptured brake fluid line or tube had ruptured which caused the loss of braking power. There was no warning given by the vehicle's computer to warn of low brake fluid because the reservoir was still at the normal level. I believe corrosion of the brake lines was accelerated due to the use of salt treatments on the roads during the winter snow storms that have fallen in the past three years. Luckily nobody was seriously hurt and luckily this did not happen when I was exiting the interstate at a much higher rate of speed. Also the air bag did not deploy upon impact. These are two serious safety issues incurred in once incident to a truck which has less than 70K miles and 12 years old.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #7

Sep 272010

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • miles


On September 27, 2010 while driving a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup my husband ran off the road and his truck crashed in a ravine. His airbag did not deploy causing him a severe brain injury known as a dai. He spent 84 days in the hospital and had to learn to do everything again. He may never fully recover from this accident completely. Had his airbag deployed I believe his injury would have not been nearly as serious. He was driving down the interstate. Thankfully there were no other vehicles involved.

- Nesbit, MS, USA

problem #6

Nov 292007

Silverado 1500

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving approximately 45 mph on normal road conditions, a vehicle crashed into the front of the driver side. The contact was transported to the hospital after sustaining injuries to the head, neck and lip. The ambulance and police arrived and a police report was filed. The air bags failed to deploy with the massive level of impact. There were no warning light indicators illuminated on the instrument panel after the crash. The front end of the vehicle sustained severe damage. The vehicle was towed to a collision center and the vehicle was repaired. The contact had concerns of the safety risk involved. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 55,000.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #5

Feb 032009

Silverado 1500

  • 78,000 miles
I hit someone almost directly head on going about 50 mph and my airbags did not go off.

- Wasilla, AK, USA

problem #4

Oct 132008

Silverado 1500

  • 61,752 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving 30 mph, the contact struck a deer and swerved into a ditch. His chest slammed into the steering wheel and was injured. The air bags failed to deploy and the seat belt did not retract. The driver's side bumper was crushed into the front grill all the way across to the passenger side of the vehicle. The contact called the insurance agent, but no police report was filed. He was the only occupant in the vehicle and the seat belt was worn properly at the time of the crash. There was no maintenance performed on the air bags or seat belt prior to the failures. The contact filed a complaint with GM concerning his air bags and seat belt (complaint number 71-670143505). GM is not taking responsibility for the air bag failure. In addition, no one came out to inspect the vehicle. The failure mileage was 61,752.

- Auburn, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 292003

Silverado 1500

  • 1,200 miles


While driving vehicle was in a frontal collision, but none of the air bags deployed upon impact. The driver was not injured because they were wearing there seat belts.

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #2

Nov 192002

Silverado 1500

  • miles
Consumer states that when hit at 55 mph in the front center of the vehicle the air bag did not deploy causing minor injuries to the consumer. Dealer notified.

- Morrisville, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 262002

Silverado 1500

  • miles
This vehicle was involved in a head-on collision while traveling at 50 mph. Both the driver side and passenger side air bags did not deploy.

- Odenville, AL, USA

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