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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,799 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Suburban seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #13

Dec 052016


  • 127,000 miles


One morning came out to start my 2005 Suburban and the service airbag message popped on along with the airbag light. Took it to my service center and was told it was a front impact sensor. Was also told this is a common problem on these vehicles. After doing some research online I have found this to be a very common problem rendering the airbag system inop. I believe GM needs to step up and fix the issue with the sensors as not everyone has $400 to fix a faulty sensor. The odometer on my Suburban is 127,000 miles, so by no means driven hard.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #12

Aug 072016


  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 4X4 flex fuel, 5.3L. This vehicle's instrument cluster does not work. Tachometer pegs and sticks. The speedometer is stuck at zero. This is a very serious safety concern that General Motors/GM should do a free recall for as many owners of this vehicle have the same problems. My ABS sensor light comes on and off numerous times a day, and cluster states service air bag. General Motors should also fix this for free under a recall as others have the same issue with this vehicle. My third major complaint, is the vehicle starting problem/hard start. It takes two turns of the engine for the vehicle to turn on and stay running. I have researched this on various search engines, forums, and including General Motors should address this issues as well under a recall. GM installed faulty fuel pumps or fuel pumps with faulty components in them. A vehicle should start with one try. I should not have to get the fuel pressure going in the on position, or crank it twice for my truck to start.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #11

Mar 052016


  • 150,000 miles
I turned my 2005 Suburban on and the air bag light came on. I took it in to the Chevy/GM dealer who said, "the right, front, air bag sensor was the cause." It would cost $375 to fix it. I did not get it fixed at that time. It is dangerous because the air bags are inoperable. The problem occurred at about 150,000 miles. From what I have seen this is a huge problem that needs to be address by the company.

- New Ulm, MN, USA

problem #10

May 012013


  • 87,000 miles


Air bag sensor failure rendering the airbags inoperable.

- Millstadt, IL, USA

problem #9

Jan 012013


  • 60,000 miles
Air bag sensor has failed causing the airbags to be rendered inoperable.

- Orlando, FL, USA

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problem #8

May 292014

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 86,489 miles
Had to replace second faulty impact sensor for air bag on my vehicle. This is located in front of vehicle. The first replacement of the other sensor was July 26, 2013. This vehicle was never in a crash and had not damage to the front of the vehicle. When the air bag comes on they tell me my air bags no longer work. My family has a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe that has never had this problem. I am sure there is a lot of people who would not have this item fixed.

- Jackson Center, PA, USA

problem #7

May 232014


  • 75,000 miles


The front airbag sensor has failed and the airbags are no longer operable. This appears to be an issue with the year and model of Chevy truck. This should be a recall item due to its impact on safety. Given the low mileage there is no legitimate reason for this part to fail.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #6

Nov 042009


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban. The contact stated that the air bag warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic and the air bag sensor was replaced however, the failure later recurred. The vehicle was not further repaired and manufacturer was not made award of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 75000.

- Portage, MI, USA

problem #5

Dec 062011


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, she crashed into the rear of a trash truck. Upon impact, the air bags did not deploy. The driver sustained injuries to the left arm and left leg. The police were contacted and a report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where they deemed the vehicle as being destroyed. The manufacturer was contacted and after diagnosing the vehicle, they advised her that the vehicle was not traveling fast enough at the time of impact for the airbags to deploy. The failure mileage was approximately 80,000.

- Hot Springs, AR, USA

problem #4

Feb 232012


  • miles
Check air bag light is on. This has happened before and after a few weeks the light may go off. Dealer could not find a problem. There needs to be a recall on this. Thousands of people having the same problem.

- Leclaire, IA, USA

problem #3

Oct 102008

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban 1500. Upon purchasing the vehicle in October of 2008, the air bag warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The dealer failed to repair the air bags at the time of purchase. The contact could not have the vehicle registered in the state of Texas with the warning indicator illuminated. The dealer denied all liability for the repairs to the air bag. The failure mileage was 80,000 and current mileage was 85,000. Updated 05/18/09. Updated 05/20/09.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #2

Jul 262006


  • 10,900 miles
The airbag system has stopped working 6 times since I bought my brand new Suburban. The service air bag light comes on which means the system will not work if in an accident. The have attempted to fix it six times. Now GM stated that they will not do anything further and their solution is for me to buy a new car when my car is only 2.5 years old and only has 36,000 miles on it.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #1

Sep 112006

Suburban 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
Vehicle was in shop one time all ready because air bag light came on. Took in for service they said loose ground all fixed. Then on 9/11/2006 I was involved in an accident. A driver failed to yield while making a left turn. I hit him broad side at 45 miles per hour. Smashed front end of my vehicle, smashed the side of his vehicle in buckling his dash and his vehicle flipped on its side. My air bags did not deploy on the vehicle. I contacted GM and they said everything is ok, they sent out a person to investigate and he states that everything is ok. But at the scene of the accident every police officer did not believe me when I told them the air bags did not deploy, nor did the paramedic, they had to go look for themselves and see because they thought that they should have gone off. I have pictures of both vehicles if you should need them. I feel there is a safety defect.

- Allen Park, MI, USA

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