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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,288 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.

2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 192011


  • 115,000 miles


Airbags didn't depoly and roof caved.

- Springfield, IL, USA

problem #7

Oct 232005

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
I was traveling northbound approximately 30 mph on a dry paved two lane road in my 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer ls equipped with side impact airbags. I was hit (T-boned) by a mini van traveling approximately 30-35 mph traveling the wrong way on a one way street with a blind intersection. Impact was directly in my front passenger side door, pushing the front passenger seat inward against the center console, rolling up the floorboard, breaking the hinges of the rear passenger side door, ultimately flipping my vehicle over onto the drivers side and pushed approximately 10 feet into the intersection, causing my drivers side mirror to roll into the drivers side, and shattering the drivers side window. Other undercarriage damage was also caused do to the impact. Failure: My 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer is equipped with side impact air bags. Passenger side airbag failed to deploy, despite major damage as result from direct impact to passenger side front door. Drivers side airbag failed to deploy despite impact from rollover onto drivers side, resulting in moderate damage. Consequences: If a passenger would have been seated on passenger side serious injuries if not fatal injuries would have resulted due to amount of intrusion of passenger front door into the passenger compartment with no SRS protection. Driver of vehicle sustained minor injuries from being "tossed" against drivers side interior front door area with shattered glass. As the owner of vehicle, I contacted Chevrolet directly and filed a report, I was advised that I would be contacted within 2 business days to gather further information to conduct an investigation. It is officially past 2 business days and I have heard nothing from Chevrolet. Vehicle total loss due to damage via insurance.

- Gatesville, TX, USA

problem #6

Apr 222005

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
While driving 55-60 mph, vehicle hit an SUV that drove into lane. Vehicle then hit by tractor trailer. Vehicle crashed with great force into highway divider and lost front left wheel, causing vehicle to continue to crash along divider. Both front airbags and both side airbags failed to deploy. Passenger in vehicle sustained fractures to orbital bones and maxillary bone in skull. Major reconstructive surgery was required. The vehicle was determined to be a total loss.

- Lake Ronkonkoma, NY, USA

problem #5

Apr 022003

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumer was hit twice in a side and frontal collision while traveling approximately 30mph. Neither the frontal or side air bags deployed.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #4

Nov 262002

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,300 miles
We where hit broadside buckling the floor roof tearing the complete front end out of the truck and no air bags deployed side or front

- Haverhill, MA, USA

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problem #3

Jun 042002

Trailblazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 5-10 mph, consumer was hit on driver's side and the side air bags did not deploy. Contacted dealer and they were going to take a look at the vehicle. The other vehicle ran a red light and travelling approx. 45 mph. Consumer suffered bruises, upper and lower back pains, elevated blood pressure and periodic numbness in both legs.

- Sliver City, NM, USA

problem #2

Apr 082002


  • miles
Consumer states that during a vehicle crash the side airbag did not deploy.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #1

Feb 232002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 25-30 mph in rainy conditions, the consumer had lost control of the vehicle and ran sideways into a tree, but the side air bags did not deploy. Contacted dealer/manufacturer who was not willing to do anything. The accident impacted at a pilar between the front/rear passenger door. The seat where air bag was located had been crushed. The roof and the side of the vehicle were severely damaged, the air bag(s) did not deploy. If someone were sitting there they would have been killed. The dealer says that the system on the board did not deploy due to the pitch of the impact.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

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