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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,000 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Suburban seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #3

May 072001

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles


1)front passenger seat belt locks up. No one would wear seat belt due to problem. Mechanism replaced by dealer 4 times, still not working. Dealer aded an extension to seat belt and that prevents it from locking. 2)parking brake never held vehicle, started to go all the way to the floor. Dealer states thats normal. Took in at 15,000 and 25,000 miles with same problem. At 37,000 miles they want to charge me $800 to replace rear rotors and brake pads. Refused to pay them for repair, took it to a tire repair shop and paid $630. Rotors were falling apart. This is a very dangerous situation it seems the parking brake stays on even when release. 3) sudden loss of power steering and all lights on dash go on while driving at any speed. Headlights also dim off and on. Alternator wiring replaced. Two months later same thing, wiring replaced. Leave dealer and happens agian on the way home. Now alternator and wiring replaced.

- Rochelle Park, NJ, USA

problem #2

Sep 192001

Suburban 4WD

  • miles
The front passenger seatbelt will lock up for no apparent reason while driving on any road surface, at any speed and all conditions preventing the person from moving freely about in the seat. The seatbelt must be unbuckled, let retract all the way back into the seat, then pulled out and buckled. The situation could happen as often as 5 minutes or one hour. The danger is having to undo the seatbelt while the vehicle is in motion. The dealer replaced it twice and the problem still exists. They said it is GM's problem and there is no fix at this time. I can't believe something can't be done, this is a serious safety situation. I called Chevy and was tol there is nothing they can do, the new style seatbelt that is in the top of the seat has a design problem.

- Canton, MA, USA

problem #1

Sep 012001

(reported on)


  • miles
Length of seat belt stem with latch will not allow child safety seats to be secured tightly in center positions. Belt engage plate at a 90 degree angle and does not keep the belt from loosening. Belt seems to tighten but when seat is pulled becomes loose. Could cause person to believe seat is secure when it is not.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

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