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Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 3
Average Mileage:
75,156 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments

problem #13

May 222019

Silverado 3500

  • 282,000 miles


Takata inflators: My 2006 Chevy 3500 driver side airbag deployed overnight while the truck was locked, not running, and had no keys in it in my driveway. This is unacceptable! the truck was not in an accident. Thankfully I wasn┐T driving down the road when it deployed, or I could have been killed. 2006 should be included in the recall. My truck was manufactured 5/2006 and the recall includes trucks made 12/2006 and newer. What can be done by Chevy to pay for my repair? additionally, the night before the air bag deployed on its own the passenger side rear window fell into the door. Again it was parked in the driveway locked not running, keys not in it!

- Suring, WI, USA

problem #12

Mar 162012

Silverado 3500

  • 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 3/16/12 a bnsf employee was operating the hyrail vehicle on hwy 34 near trenton, ne. A semi pulled out in from of him, causing him to rear end the semi at about 65 mph. Delayed airbag deployment led to him having extensive injuries, including lacerations to his forehead, collapsed lungs, spine fractures and rib fractures. 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.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #11

Mar 222010

Silverado 3500

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving at 25 mph, another vehicle failed to yield. As a result, the contact crashed into the passenger side of another vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained hip and pelvic injuries on the right side that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Greenville, AL, USA

problem #10

Nov 112014

Silverado 3500

  • 144,897 miles


My air bag light came on for no reason and it is not on the recall list. Is there another list for recalls. I have never had a accident or my air bag has never been deployed. Can you tell me if this will be fix though the recall. I'm concerned with driving it without no air bags.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #9

Aug 012008

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • miles
The air bag light has been constantly on and and I do not know if the drivers side air bag will deploy in a crash.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

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problem #8

Jul 262014

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
The service airbag light came on. Called dealer told me warranty was over. I thought it is a national warranty on airbags because of the being a safety hazard for them to work properly. Updated 4/24/2015

- Towanda, PA, USA

problem #7

Jun 022014

Silverado 3500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 174,789 miles


Started the vehicle fasten seat belt exited the carport started to leave my yard had to stop a go back in house turned the vehicle off removed the key went back in the house came back got in the vehicle fasten seat belt started the vehicle put it in drive and the service air bag light flashed several time we out and came back and will not go back out it will flash several time go out and come back on and stay.

- High Springs, FL, USA

problem #6

Nov 102006

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
My 16 yr old son and 12 yr old son were coming home from school on 11/10/2006, my 16 yr old was driving, he took drivers ed and passed the class with an a+. and when he took his driving part of the test he past with a perfect score the first time. He also raced gokarts, so he knew how to control vehicles and prevent wrecks. When the wreck happened, the truck just went up an embankment, and went throw the air and hit a tree and pealed the roof back like it was a tin can. There was no skid marks, the tire tracks went straight up the bank, like the steering wheel was locked. And not one air bag opened. They were less than a 1/4 of a mile from home. I was at the bus stop waiting on my daughter, I heard the wreck and the alarm from the truck was going off. I went to the site and the alarm was still going off, and the steering wheel was locked. My 12yr old died on site, my 16 yr old died 4 days later. I have known something caused the wreck, but not sure what until now. Now I know with all my heart the switch locked the steering and also made the air bags not work.

- Leesville, SC, USA

problem #5

Feb 062008

Silverado 3500

  • miles
The contact owned a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 3500. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, another vehicle crashed into the contact's vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy and the seat belt ripped. The contact sustained back, shoulder, chest, and wrist injuries. The driver of the second vehicle was fatally injured. The vehicle was destroyed and was not diagnosed to determine the cause of the air bag failure. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage and VIN was not available.

- Swartz Creek, MI, USA

problem #4

Oct 092012

Silverado 3500

  • 76,000 miles
The module on the front bumper has become defected and therefore the air bags will not go off during a collision.

- Rye, NH, USA

problem #3

Jul 292012

Silverado 3500

  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the anti-theft alarm sounded while the vehicle was parked. The contact discovered that the alarm was triggered by the front air bags deploying independently. The contact stated that the failure caused the radio and the interior lights to also fail. The vehicle was no longer operable and was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The failure and the current mileages were 80,000.

- North Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #2

Jul 282010

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 66,337 miles
My 2006 Silverado 2500 hd air bag did not deploy during my accident on July 28, 2010. I tried sending all information in the mail but, you just sent it back to me. Coping that was sent to me from General Motors of their explanation of they are not the ones responsible for this because they didn't make this product. Not to mention that onstar didn't come on as they show on their tv ads'. if I had not regain conscience. Don't know when they would have found me there where I went off the road just 4 miles from my home. Don't know if anyone would have thought of calling onstar about looking for my truck. If GM vehicles are so safe and lead us to believe how" safe and reliable their vehicles are. Then why? they are not standing behind their parts now. The vehicle was total and the only thing that saved me was my seat belt. Even doe I was still badly injured from my neck to my tail bone. GM doesn't care to own up to no kind of responsibility for anything. I'm still afraid to drive my 2010 camaro because it has the same equipment as the 2006 pickup that I totaled. I drive it whenever I have no choice. When the Dodge truck isn't here. Every other week when my husband needs it. I've sent you all the pictures and some of the letters that GM's [xxx] has sent to me but, you didn't even open it all you did was send it back unopened. What's up with this????????????" my name is: [xxx], my address is:[xxx]; [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Burnsville, NC, USA

problem #1

Jun 162007

Silverado 3500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the air bag indicator has remained illuminated for over one year. She found that if the air bag indicator is illuminated, the air bags will not deploy. The dealer has previously repaired the vehicle, but the failure persists. The contact discovered online that there were a couple of consumers with the same issue. The vehicle will be repaired, but the dealer does not know if they will perform the repair. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 43,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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