hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,686 miles

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2008 GMC Sierra 1500 Owner Comments

problem #18

Jan 062017

Sierra 1500

  • 146,000 miles


This vehicle was acquired in March, 2016 with an intact dashboard, 142,000 miles on the odometer. Over the last 9 months multiple, penetrating cracks have developed in the top of the plastic dashboard due to cause(s) unknown. This has greatly diminished the structural integrity of the dashboard to the point that at least one top piece of the dashboard is loose due to the cracks. Two cracks are in the center of the dashboard top and one on the right side of the dashboard immediately adjacent to the front passenger airbag. Current miles on the odometer are 146,000. In the event of airbag deployment during a crash, the likelihood is very high that plastic from the dashboard could fracture, become airborne, and result in injury to occupant(s) of the vehicle due to either the normal deployment velocity of the takata passenger airbag, or worse yet if the passenger airbag inflator fails to function as designed and activates with excessive force. This vehicle is subject to recall nhsta #16V381, issued 5/27/2016 for defective front passenger airbag inflators. Further, the vehicle has spent its entire operating life in the "zone a" high absolute humidity region (Florida). In and of itself, the cracking dashboard presents a safety hazard during a crash with airbag deployment. However, combined with conditions recorded in recall 16V381, I maintain this combined hazard presents an unacceptable life safety risk. I strongly recommend that the NHTSA immediately initiate an investigation into the cause of the noted dashboard cracks on both GM and GMC gmt900 truck products, and further recommend that a recall action be suggested to General Motors corporation on gmt900 vehicles registered in "zone a" to replace defective dashboards. As of this date GM has not completed the recall action under nhsta #16V381 on my vehicle, therefore the accentuated hazard remains unabated.

- Rockledge, FL, USA

problem #17

Nov 092016

Sierra 1500

  • 119,340 miles
Dash failure around defective takata airbag and over dash cluster. Brittle plastic will splinter and strike both passenger and driver if airbag deploys. Takata recall has no remedy according to dealer and manufacturing.

- Cave Creek, AZ, USA

problem #16

Aug 012016

Sierra 1500

  • miles
My dash cracked 5 years ago, I replaced with new from dealer $1000 cost and it is now cracked again. In addition I have an outstanding recall on airbags that have been recalled but GM does not have parts to replace. So now I could have shrapnel from airbag and shrapnel from my new $1000 dash. Wow GM, get it together and get the airbags in stock and stop using inferior materials on $1000 dash boards.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #15

Jun 022016

Sierra 1500

  • 46,000 miles


I have a 2008 GMC Sierra 1500 I bought brand new and my dash is cracking severely in two different places! one is right behind the passenger side airbag and is about 1 1/4 inches and the other is on the driver side above the guage cluster and is about 6 inches or more!

- Murrells Inlet, SC, USA

problem #14

Sep 042013

Sierra 1500

  • 35,000 miles
The door lock actuators on both driver and passenger doors failed before the truck had 35000 miled on the odometer.

- Beaver Falls, PA, USA

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problem #13

Sep 012016

Sierra 1500

  • 89,000 miles
My dash has cracked in 2 places!! one being by the airbag. I'm afraid if the airbag deploys debri will be thrown at the passenger!

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #12

Jul 202016

Sierra 1500

  • 120,000 miles


The upper dash panel cracked after being parked outside. I thought someone broke in and hit it with something, it is cracked down center of instrument panel toward windshield then across to air bag compartment. My fear is that if the air bag that is pending recall information passenger air bag deploys and passengers could be hit by plastic shrapnel. Another concern is a child gets hand or arm injured by simply pressing too hard on flimsy dashboard. I am a 100% service connected combat veteran and need to sell truck to purchase a van for transportation. The cracked dash is hindering the sale at a decent price. The dealer said repair is around $1200 and I don't have that kind of money laying around anyway if I am unable to sell it.

- Montgomery, TX, USA

problem #11

Feb 142016

Sierra 1500

  • 80,000 miles
Dash by passenger airbag cracked and dealership replaced 2 years later it's cracked in the same spot

- Houma, LA, USA

problem #10

Jan 042016

Sierra 1500

  • 135,000 miles
Dash cracking near airbag storage and on drivers instrument cluster. This has been a progressive problem starting in January of 2016. Vehicle is garaged on a regular basis.

- Shady Shores, TX, USA

problem #9

Jun 152010

Sierra 1500

  • 36,000 miles
2008 GMC Sierra denali has 2 cracks on the dashboard, one by the airbag and the second over the drivers side dashboard. This is definitely a manufactures defect that GMC is totally ignoring. Does someone have to be maimed or killed before they take reasonable accountability instead of just denying everyone until we go away? we need government intervention to hold them accountable. The dash board rattles and shakes over every little bump!

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #8

Aug 152012

Sierra 1500

  • 50,000 miles


The dash on both sides of the speaker has cracked through to the air-bag on the passenger side and through several inches of the instrument cluster dash cover on the drivers side. This has progressively gotten worse until the whole assembly vibrates worsening the crack until it appears that if the air bag deployed, pieces of the dash material could disintegrate and injure someone. I've been watching this for about 4 years. This is a product defect and should be covered by the manufacturer.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #7

Feb 012016

Sierra 1500

  • 72,000 miles
I bought a 2008 GMC Sierra in February 2016 and upon taking ownership, noticed two cracks in the dash. One is behind the instrument cluster and the other on the left-hand corner of the airbag. The cracked dash pieces could become shrapnel in the event of an airbag deployment. This dash issue is a common and known issue and GM refuses to do a recall.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #6

Apr 012016

Sierra 1500

  • 194,000 miles
All of my door locks will not open. They started failing one at a time. Now none them work. You can push the remote and hear them trying to work but they don't. think it might be the actuators for each door.

- Lithia Springs, GA, USA

problem #5

Mar 022016

Sierra 1500

  • 80,000 miles
Cracks in dash above the airbag and instrument cluster. This is a problem GM is ignoring.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #4

Mar 012014

Sierra 1500

  • 80,000 miles
Multiple cracks in dash - by airbag and above instrument console.

- San Pedro, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 252016

Sierra 1500

  • 108,000 miles
Dash all of a sudden developed crack above the left corner of passenger side airbag and above the driver gauge panel. This is identical to the stories I am reading about other vehicles in this make and model.

- Rifle, CO, USA

problem #2

Apr 122014

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 170,000 miles
On 04.12.2014 after going to the store, parked under the carport. The time was 10pm. While inside heard a pop sound around 10:15 pm. Went outside and the truck was on fire. Put truck in neutral and pushed it from under the carport, trying to save damage to the house. Fire dept came and put the fire out. The fire warped all the vinyl under the carport. Lucky it didn't catch the house on fire. The fire was worse on the passenger side of the vehicle.

- Lynn Haven, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 282008

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 10 miles
The contact owns a 2008 GMC Sierra 1500. Upon purchasing the vehicle, the contact noticed that the paint job was orange peel. The dealer stated that all the vehicles were painted in that manner. The current mileage was 1,200 and failure mileage was 10. Updated 10/14/08. Updated 10/16/08.

- East Meredith, NY, USA

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