really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,416 miles

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problem #3

Nov 282013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 48,700 miles
On thanksgiving morning in preparation for a three hour drive I began to put air in the right rear tire of my Chevy Equinox because the pressure sensor was showing it a few pounds lower than the other tires. When I removed the fill hose, the aluminum (cast I think) valve stem end broke off with the valve mechanism itself and the tire rapidly deflated. No unusual force was applied to the valve with the portable air pump I have used numerous times on this and other car tires. There was no accident because the valve failed while the car was in my driveway (something else to be thankful for that day!). I just read where a similar vehicle (Ford escape I believe) experienced a valve stem failure that apparently contributed to a roll over and fatality. Although a rubber valve stem cracked in the Ford case, the rapid deflation would be the same in my case had I been driving - and the potential drastic results could have been the same. I had the valve replaced for $156. Although I preferred to replace it with a rubber one, I was told the state of Rhode Island inspection would fail since the absence of the remote sensor would cause a dash-board warning light. The technician said the valve cracked due to corrosion - in a four year old car!

- East Greenwich, RI, USA

problem #2

May 172013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 41,779 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the tire pressure monitoring light illuminated. The passenger's side rear tire had become flat. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the driver and passenger side rear tire valve stems and monitors needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 41,779 and the current mileage was 43,1216.

- North Olmsted, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 152010


  • 87,769 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Equinox. The vehicle was equipped with Firestone destination le 235/65/16 tires. The contact was driving approximately 45 on normal road conditions when there was a loud noise outside of the vehicle. Suddenly, the vehicle swayed off the road into a ditch. There were no personal injuries. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer. The front passenger tire exploded and the rear passenger tire sidewall exhibited an extremely large bubble. The vehicle has not been driven due to a safety hazard. The tires have not been replaced at this time. The failure mileage was 87,769. The dot number was unavailable.

- Loganville , GA, USA