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2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 252001

Silverado 2500 4WD

  • miles


The 3-point safety belt cuts into my shoulder and causes severe pain even when the vehickle is not moving. The safety belt cannot be adjusted to correct tis problem. This problem was not noticed a the time vehicle was purchased due to teh short duration of the test drive, and the heavy coat that was worn at the time. If the safety belt causes pain and discomfornt after shor durations of wear, it is obvious that it would cause severe injuries due to the design in the event of an accident. The manufacturer says that the seat belt is operating as it was designed to and that it is my fault that I am taller than their design criteria. The dealer did not identify any height restriction accosiated with the safety of this vehickle when it wa spurchased. This is a serious safety defect that the manufacturer refuses to correct. The only way to drive this vehickle more than 10 miles without being subjected to pain and suffering is to drive without being buckled up. So do I buckle up and continue to indure the pain, or do I break the law and not buckle up. Not wearing the seat belt puts me at the same or greater risk of injury in the event of an accident as well as is breaking the law.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #2

Jan 252001

Silverado 2500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer has taken vehicle to dealer on several occasions to adjust seatbelt for consumer's height. Shoulder belt fits below consumer's shoulder. Dealer does not have remedy to repair seatbelt.

- Newman, GA, USA

problem #1

Jan 252001

Silverado 2500 4WD

  • miles
After purchasing the vehicle, I found that the safety bely system was causing pain in my shoulder. This is a result of a serious safety defect in the design of the passanger restraint system which prevents the shoulder belt portion of the seat belt from being adjusted so that the driver and/orpassanger can properly bukle the seat belt. This design present serious and potentialy life threatening consequences for the driver and occupents in the event of an accident. The design also makes it impossible for the driver to comply with state seat belt laws which require the driver and passangers to be properly buckled up while driving. This design also subjects passenger who are above average in height to paiful downward pressure on their shoulder and colar bone while wearing the safety belt. The safety belt cannot be adjusted an any way or form. The vehickle has been take to the dealer for repairs, and the problem was forwarded to the manufaturer. The report back was that the seat belt systems is working acording to their design and that it is not their problem is is mine because I am above avegare in height and do not meet the criteria they designed for. They stated that they will make no effort to correct the safety problem, which they admitted existed, unless there was a recall on the item. If the seat belt cannot be adjusted so that the driver and/or passanger can properly and safly buckle up, how can this design meet federal safety requirements. Is it not the reponcibility of NHTSA to protect the public from such obviously flagrant violations and safety hazards. Why is it that NHTSA refuses to take corrective action to force the manufacturer to correct this serious safety defect? is NHTSA waiting for someone to be killed or permanantly disabled before they act. If this is the case, then NHTSA is itself assuming partial liability for failure to protect the public from the safety defects that are known to exist with this and other similar designs.

- Newnan, GA, USA

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