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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1996 Chevrolet Suburban seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1996 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #7

May 272006

Suburban

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

From: David B parker comments: In a crash on 5/27/06 where another driver pulled out in front of me and I hit him at approximately 45 mph or slightly below the driver's side airbag in my 1996 Chevy. Suburban 1500 lt. If this is a known problem, please add this to your database; if not you may want to investigate other such models. I do have photos of the aftermath of the crash but was not able to attach them here.

- Berkey, OH, USA

problem #6

Jan 012001

Suburban 4WD

  • miles
Original battery leaked acid, replacement battery leaked as well. Acid corroded airbag sensor and wiring, causing airbag system failure.

- Mapleton, UT, USA

problem #5

Jan 031999

Suburban 4WD

  • miles
The battery leaked/sprayed acid onto the engine and right front side components of the Suburban. The air bag sensor had to be replaced, but the rest of the components were just cleaned off (this included brake hydraulic cables and lines, brakes, air conditioning hoses, radiator, etc.). the dealer/manufacturer said they don't cover the battery because it is not made by them althought I think the company is owned by them. We had to buy a new battery and pay for all the damage to the car and still don't know what the long term affects of this corrosive acid will be. It left a huge orange puddle in our garage floor which we can't get rid of. We took video and pictures of the damage to the car, battery and garage. The cracked front transaxle casing was only diagnosed after they had replaced the seal on the front axle twice since it was always leaking fluid. The rear differential had the seal replaced 2 or 3 times but it still leaks. The fuel pumped failed on our car leaving us stranded. We were told that the truck needs to keep a 1/4 tank of gas at all times in the tank so that this does not happen. The air conditioner has never really worked well on this model, it appears that it is undersized to handle the thermal load. We also had to have the spot welds on the door jams filed because many sharp burrs existed which were a safety hazard.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #4

Nov 151996

(reported on)

Suburban

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

During vehicle collision no deployment of air bag, resulting in injuries to chest, from hitting steering wheel.

- Choctaw, OK, USA

problem #3

Dec 241996

Suburban 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Other: Airbag warning light illuminated.

- Newport Beach, CA, USA

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problem #2

Jan 021997

(reported on)

Suburban

  • miles
The engine is noisy and vibrates, battery has been replaced three times, brake lines and pump have been replaced, emergency brake cable corroded, and air bag warning light is on.

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #1

Oct 061996

Suburban 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Seat belt failed/no deployment of airbag during collision, resulting in injuries

- Choctaw, OK, USA

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