Print this page Notes: Engines shouldn't need a new quart of oil every 500-1000 miles, but for thousands of Suburban owners that's exactly what's happening. Engine oil consumption on aluminum block engines with Active Fuel Management (AFM) is out of control and owners are left looking for answers.

The most likely culprit is an uncovered AFM valve which, in many cases, can be covered under warranty. The problem is the issues don't stop there and many owners have been told by GM just to buy a new engine. Take one guess who they want to pick up the tab.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,175 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2007 Chevrolet Suburban seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2007 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 092015


  • 150,000 miles


I purchased my 2007 Chevrolet Suburban brand new in 2007. I think the mileage is somewhere around 150,000 but not sure because the odometer cluster went out on the vehicle several years ago. Also, my door handles are starting to peel apart which are cutting my hands and my children's hands. One incident it sliced my hand open very similar sever paper cut but worse. The handles were already replaced once on my Suburban back in 2009 by GM and at GM's cost. The main issue about this email is the seatbelts and the dashboard. There are four passenger seatbelts that do not work hardly at all. Sometimes they will snap in/buckle and there are a lot of times that they do not. The crack in my dashboard is right next to the airbag. It really concerns me as far as being a safety issue. I do have five small children that are constantly with me in my car. I just want this dashed fixed at no charge being that it is a defect. I have signed a petition with thousands of other GM owners with the same exact issue....cracked dashboard and most of them in the same exact place.. I'm just asking for this to be replaced and corrected.

- Orange, TX, USA

problem #6

Jan 012012


  • miles
The door handles have cut three members of my family because the metal is peeling off of the plastic. Seat belts are falling apart and at least 3 of them do not latch at all. This is very dangerous. There definitely should be a recall especially for the seat belts. Air bag light is constantly on and the dealer of course wants to "fix" it and states that if there is a crash that it may not work properly.........this after I had the top half of the engine rebuilt due to oil consumption problem. Then there is the tire pressure monitor which apparently has issues after having new tires put on my car. Nothing but problems with this hunk of junk. Will never buy another Chevy vehicle.

- Mount Airy, MD, USA

problem #5

Aug 022010

Suburban 8-cyl

  • miles
A few months ago, the seat belt in the second row (left side, behind the driver's seat) of my 2007 Chevrolet Suburban completely fell apart. On March 6, 2012, the passenger side seat belt stopped working and will not lock. On March 7, 2012, the driver's side seat belt stopped working and will not lock. Due to seat belt laws in our state and three children that have to be in seat belts, I am in a dilemma.

- Rupert, WV, USA

problem #4

May 272007


  • 40,043 miles


We have a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban the second row middle seatbelt just unraveled, 2 weeks later the 3rd row middle seatbelt unraveled. We took the car to the dealership explaining 3 yrs ago we had a GMC Yukon and we were in a severe crash. The Yukon was only 3 yrs old at the time and the front middle seatbelt failed and the second row middle seatbelt failed seriously injuring our family. They refuse to address the question are these the same seatbelts I don't believe this is a coincidence. Can someone look into it.

- Yucca Valley, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 102009


  • 0 miles
The rear (third row) seat belts randomly lock under non-emergent conditions. The tension on the belt becomes extreme such that the cannot release the belt and requires assistance, resulting in a potentially dangerous situation where the occupant may not be able to egress in an emergency. The situation is made worse by passengers in the third row seat who are adults and/or may be overweight. The manufacturer has modified the third row seat belts in apparent recognition of the problem, but has not chosen to correct the problem in earlier vehicle designs.

- Westminster, CA, USA

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problem #2

Feb 012009


  • 42,185 miles
Both front seat female seatbelt connectors in my 2007 Chevrolet Suburban are not working properly. The drivers side takes several attempts to latch and the passenger side does not latch at all. This is being repaired (part covered by Chevy, labor at my expense) to prevent an injury or death in the event of a crash.

- Grosse Pointe, MI, USA

problem #1

Nov 192007

(reported on)


  • miles
2007 Chevy Suburban safety defect with the center seat. Consumer states that he cannot safely secure a passenger in the center seat of the front bench seat.

- Apex, NC, USA

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