really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
105,750 miles

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2003 GMC Sierra 1500 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 GMC Sierra 1500 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 082015

Sierra 1500

  • 177,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 GMC Sierra 1500. While driving 40 mph, the contact's vehicle crashed into the passenger side of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained injuries to the face, knee, and back that required medical attention. In addition, the passenger sustained hip and shoulder injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 177,000.

- Longs, SC, USA

problem #3

Jul 102011

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
This is a complaint about you, not listing a recall by GM on the dash board cluster mine has failed, the speedometer no longer works -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- GM parts bulletins & information - to Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC dealers subject:bulletin gmp07-174 - special coverage adjustment #07187 instrument panel cluster gauge needle functionmessage #:vsu20071575 campaign - instrument cluster warranty extended # 07187C: Special coverage adjustment - instrument panel cluster gauge needle function - (Mar 20, 2009) I looked in your website and found nothing related.

- Terrytown, LA, USA

problem #2

Feb 022011

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Dear NHTSA, I was involved in a three car mva on 2 Feb on I-95 southbound near mile marker 131.2. I was traveling in the slow lane during the evening traffic commute when my vehicle was struck from behind from an infinity SUV which collided and impacted with the rear of my vehicle and pushed my vehicle GMC 2003 Sierra ext cab into a late model Ford Fusion. The impact and force from the SUV behind me caused rear and frontal damage to my vehicle and is est to cost over $8900 for repairs. My airbags did not deploy and after seeing the photos of my full size pick-up truck it seems that their must have been some sort of malfunction that the airbags did not deploy on impact. My whole front bumper is completely damaged and the frame holding the bumper in place appears to be bent. The rear bumper to is completely destroyed and pressed under the bed of the truck and their is extensive damage to the bed itself having been bent upward as if it looks like an upside down letter "V" and the right side of the bed also is flared outward where it absorbed the impact. The bed of the truck also impacted into the rightside of my cab and also left significant damage. The impact was so violent that the inside wire connection to the rear window defroster had actually separated from the window where it was spot soldered. I received severe whip lash, upper and lower muscle strain, 2 broken ribs and a severe head injury from my head striking the steering wheel. Had the airbags deployed I strongly believe that the head injury or other injuries sustained would have been mitigated substantially.

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

problem #1

Feb 282008

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 GMC Sierra 1500. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact crashed into a tree. The vehicle was completely destroyed and none of the air bags deployed. The seat belt system also failed to properly secure her in the vehicle. The impact ejected her from the vehicle. The contact sustained major injuries, such as a punctured kidney and lungs, broken ribs, multiple contusions to the head, a broken left hand, and a broken right finger. A police report was filed. She is in the process of filing arbitration against the manufacturer. The VIN and powertrain were unknown. The failure and current mileages were 45,000.

- Ridgespring, SC, USA

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