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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,857 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.

2005 Chevrolet Tahoe accessories - interior problems

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2005 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 142014


  • 133,000 miles


The heating element located on the back of the passenger seat burned through the shirt and burned the skin. The skin was red and now there is a scab. This will definitely leave a scar. I did not see any recalls in the database for the heating elements in Tahoe (2005). Thanks, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Jefferson, MD, USA

problem #6

Sep 012009


  • 30,000 miles
The clips to install the seat crumbled. Therefore, you cannot lock the seats in its place.

- Patterson, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 022012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
Rear seats lock in position and are difficult to let down and difficult to put up. This is a safety hazard in that the seats are not locking properly and rear seat passengers are endangered in the event of a crash. I am speaking of the second row of seats and not the third row.

- The Villages, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 132014


  • 113,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that the front driver's side heated seat was activated when it short circuited and caused a small spark to ignite under the seat. There were no visible flames and the contact was not injured.the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 113,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 132010


  • 96,000 miles
I am writing this to complain about a fire hazard with the seat warmers in 2005 Chevy Tahoe. I had to take my vehical to the repair shop because my seat warmer would get warmer than usual and after 2 to 3 minutes would shut off. Come to find out the seat warmer pad had shorted out and burnt. I have the seat warmer pad that is charcoaled and burnt. I have contacted and spoke to GM representives 4 times informing them of the fire hazard all I get is this is an isolated incident, my vehicle has to many miles and I took it to a repair shop other than GM. This is a serious fire hazard and I think the public needs to be aware and GM needs to investigate.

- Kingman, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jan 232009


  • 55,000 miles
The driver side automatic seat quit working along with both the driver side and passengers side heated seats quit working as well. Passenger side automatic seat worked fine. We took the Tahoe into the dealer and they stated that the connector, under the drivers seat, was melted. They replaced the connector, however, the driver side automatic seat controls seem backwards. When you pull the leaver up, the seat goes down, and vice versa. I am very concerned that this malfunction may cause a fire.

- Papillion, NE, USA

problem #1

Nov 112008


  • 65,000 miles
2005 Chevrolet Tahoe burned in my garage overnight. Fire department said that seat warmer was source of fire. Seat warmers have not been in use since last winter. The car was completely off and keys were not in the ignition. Vehicle was determined to be a total loss. My garage incurred significant smoke damage. Luckily the fire burned out due to lack of oxygen because were closed.

- Durham, NC, USA

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