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Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 1
Average Mileage:
108,859 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #38

Aug 312014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 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 #37

Aug 052014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 6,300 miles
Service airbag light came on. Took it to dealer said impact sensor was bad and airbags would not work if in a frontend crash. Truck has only 73000 miles on it. Cost $350 to $400 to fix. Dealer said they had a lot of this problem. Why have there been a recall.

- Defiance, OH, USA

problem #36

Aug 232014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 82,400 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. While the vehicle was idling at a stop sign, the service air bag warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 82,400.

- Avondale, AZ, USA

problem #35

Aug 012014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


Air bag light stays on.

- Pawtucket, RI, USA

problem #34

Aug 182014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 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 #33

Mar 012013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 120,000 miles
One day after sitting in a parking lot the "check air bag" message came on with air bag light. The past winter had been particularly wet and cold for Ohio. After research online, I found that the front driver side air bag sensor was deformed and causing the problem. Apparently the design can allow water into the sensor, but not drain out. Hence, the water froze inside the sensor, expanded and damaged the sensor, rendering the air bag system inoperable. Part number 15103522. Further research revealed that the part has been replaced by another part number - 10370149. Unsure if this new part corrects the lack of drainage or not but according to the online research, it just might. Contacted Chevy authorized service and they are not willing to replace the part at their cost since there has not been an official recall. I was put on hold for 5 minutes waiting to learn of the part price, at which point I hung up. There are numerous online reports of this problem and being that it is a life safety issue, one might think that Chevy would be interested in not incurring more lawsuits than they already have against them.

- Canal Winchester, OH, USA

problem #32

Apr 132011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 49,000 miles


Red check airbag light is on constantly. All repair shops indicate that there have been many more, and the expense for repair would run from $450 to $1,000. It seems that GM already knows about this malfunction, since there are many other reports. Since the light is on, the airbag will not work in the event of a crash. It would seem that GM would repair these immediately unless they want another ignition switch catastrophe. It shouldn't take someone dying as a result of this malfunction to get GM to act. As of now, my airbag will not inflate in the event of a crash.

- Byron Center, MI, USA

problem #31

Jun 192013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 100,000 miles
Air bag light just came on an had it see a dealer told me I had both sensors in the front of the truck bad and wanted to charge me around $850 to replace them I didn't have that kind on money to spend they told me it wouldn't effect the running of my truck but if I get in a wreck my air bags probably will not work is this not a safety problem GM should take care of they thousands of trucks like mine with the air bag light on an not air bag want work if they wreck I can only hope that they are a recall on this before anymore people get hurt or kill that could be prevented if GM would do what's right and fix the problem.

- Winchester, KY, USA

problem #30

Mar 192014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
Vehicle has service airbag light and message on the dic indicating a faulty air bag safety system. Upon further diagnostic it has been determined that the driver side front airbag impact sensor is faulty disabling the airbag safety system. This part is $250 from the dealer and as a safety item is known to be faulty too soon.

- Nottingham, MD, USA

problem #29

Feb 202014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 176,000 miles
I bought a 2005 Silverado from my mother, and she bought the truck off of a used dealer lot purchasing for 12,500 four years ago. Since then the truck has had an air bag sensor replaced and it once again showing the air bag needs serviced, which can be very dangerous to truck owners in situations of a crash. Was told they go out commonly. The truck has also had an ABS issue since it was purchased on the lot, we sent it back to be fixed, and the issue was never solved, it has been looked at by three technicians. This is also a public safety hazard if the ABS causes the brakes to fail. The truck also has numerous electrical issues, such as the gear selector does not illuminate, in which case someone may not be able to determine what gear they are in and cause an incident, the headlight, tail light, brake light, and marker lights are always blowing bulbs, the dash cluster doesn't always want to illuminate either, this could cause a crash especially at dark when you cannot see the RPM, speedo, oil press, temp, or any other gage present.

- Felicity, OH, USA

problem #28

Oct 132011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 6-cyl

  • 99,021 miles


Upon starting the truck, everything was fine. I let idle for about 2 to 3 minutes to warm up. After it was warmed up, I looked down onto the dash and noticed the warning text "service air bag". also the airbag light on the left side of the dash was illuminated, to this date I have yet to fix the issue. After research online, it seems that I am not the only one with this problem. This does not affect the function of the truck however if I do get into an accident, the air bags will not deploy. I guess I am willing to take that risk as a trip to the dealer to fix the air bag issue will result in a bill of over $200.

- Mountain Top, PA, USA

problem #27

Jun 112013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 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 #26

Jun 212013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 81,900 miles
Service airbag light on.

- Absecon, NJ, USA

problem #25

Jul 012013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 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 #24

Jun 112013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 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 #23

Mar 012013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 74,320 miles
Service airbag light comes on when vehicle is started and comes and goes throughout the drive. After discussing with friends found out there are approx. 5-10 other vehicles of the same model and around the same mileage in my area with the problem. If you search the web, there are a lot of trucks with the same problem. Not an isolated incident!!! the problem is expensive to fix and sounds like a money maker for the dealerships!!

- Ogden, UT, USA

problem #22

Mar 142013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 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 #21

Feb 172012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 135,000 miles
I have had a problem with the safety airbags being non operational in my truck for a while now..dealership is wanting to charge in excess of $300 for the repair. I have been reading on multiple forums that this is a common problem with the Chevrolet SUV/trucks model year 2003-2011. Due to the front impact sensors going out on the vehicle and yet Chevrolet/GM has not done a safety recall on these. I was told by a dealer that if one of these sensors goes out that the airbag system will not deploy is in a crash.

- Mulberry, FL, USA

problem #20

Nov 152012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 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 #19

Oct 232012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 6-cyl

  • 85,191 miles
Air bag light has come on due to a faulty impact sensor, a part which will cost approximately $200 to replace. Even though I would consider this a major safety issue, I cannot afford repairs.

- Roscoe, IL, USA

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