10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
71 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
42 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,158 miles

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problem #76

Jul 262005

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 164,000 miles
The consumer stated 1996 Chevrolet S-10 was involved in a crash. Upon impact, airbags did not deploy. The truck was hit by a tractor trailer. Driver sustained severe injuries, including whiplash, a swollen head, cut and scraps, facial abrasions, and injuries to the chest/legs/stomach and a black eye. The seat belts did contain the driver to the seat. The driver had marks on the stomach left from the seat belt. But, the seat belts on the driver saved him from falling out of the vehicle. The driver hit the steering wheel with his face on the left side. The back window was shattered and front window busted, and the door came open.. the consumer was taken to an urgent care facility. The security and safety for consumer's company took care of the accident, and did not call the police. The company prepaired a report and had pictures.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #75

Jul 302004

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Concerns with air bags not deploying during an accident. There was damage to the front of the vehicle including the hood. GM conducted an investigation into the incident and concluded that the airbag system functioned as designed and therefore they were not reliable for damages. Consumer questioned the reason for nondeployment when brakes were applied after reading "what makes an air bag inflate" in the owner's manual.

- Virden, IL, USA

problem #74

May 122004

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
While driving 65 mph vehicle suddenly accelerated with driver's both feet on the brake pedal. Vehicle continued to accelerate, hit a guard rail, and rolled into an embankment. Upon impact, both frontal airbags did not deploy. An ambulance was called but driver refused to go with the anbulance. Vehicle was totaled by the insurance company.

- Carlyle, IL, USA

problem #73

Oct 032003

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
While driving 55 mph the consumers vehicle was involved in a front end collision and none of the air bags deployed. Dealer notified.

- Vale, OR, USA

problem #72

Jun 032002

S-10 Pickup

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Air bag did not deploy

- Burnsville, NC, USA

problem #71

Jan 302002

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision. Upon impact air bags did not deploy. Dealer has been notified.

- Clintwood, VA, USA

problem #70

Nov 122001

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
According to owners manual airbags are supposed to be deployed at a threshold of 9-18 mph. Thy did not. Contacted GM dealership and they do not want to do anything with this problem. I need your help. My hand is in a cast and according to my doctor may need an operation to mend the torn ligaments in my hand. I hit the steering wheel with my chest. Yet the GM manufacturer will not do anything other than explain to me how the air bags work. A vehicle cross my path not yielding to traffic and crossed my front about 15 feet away. I hit the the other vehicle in T-bone type accident going at 40 mph, spunned the other vehicle about three times and my air bag in my Chevy S-10 truck did not deploy. GM has placed this file on the backburner and without action. They do not want to take responsibility for my safety.

- Newport, NC, USA

problem #69

Apr 032001

S-10 Pickup

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Front crash at 45 mph, neither airbag deployed, damage unknown at this time.

- Plaquemine, LA, USA

problem #68

Jan 022001

S-10 Pickup 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 40 mph vehicle's front end broadsided another vehicle. Upon impact, driver's airbags did not deploy. No one has seen vehicle.

- Palmyra, PA, USA

problem #67

Nov 172000

S-10 Pickup 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver's airbag light stay on, indicating a problem with airbag system which won't deploy upon impact or deploy unexpectedly.

- Cedartown, GA, USA

problem #66

Oct 272000

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
While driving at 45 mph rear ended a vehicle straight on upon impact, airbags did not deploy, has tried to contact GMC, no result. Please add additional information.

- Upper Falls, MD, USA

problem #65

Feb 211999

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Consumer had a head-on collision at 50 mph, and air bags did not deploy. Consumer was injured, breaking 3 bones in back.

- Pok City, FL, USA

problem #64

Apr 252000

S-10 Pickup

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer was traveling 30-35 mph on dry pavement and rearended another vehicle that pulled out in front. Upon impact, driver's airbag didn't deploy. Dealer will be contacted. Truck totalled..et.

- Sanger, CA, USA

problem #63

Dec 061999

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While crossing an intersection applied the brakes on a bumpy road and brake pedal went to the floor. Consumer hit another vehicle, and airbag didn't deploy. Called the dealer, and they said that this was normal.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #62

Jan 262000

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
While traveling on the hwy at 45 mph noticde he was approaching a vehicle collision. Started to slow down when another vehicle behind him struck and rammed consumer's vehicle into the approaching collision. Upon impact, air bag failed to deploy. Dealer notified.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #61

Jan 122000

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Consumer was driving on the highway going 50mph, another vechicle made a U turn in the middle of the street, consumer thought that vehicle was going to turn in the opposite of his vehicle, an dhe veered over to the shoulder on wet pavement to slow down. Then, veered onto the dry pavement, and the anti-lock system didn't kick in. Also the airbag didn't deploy.

- Glen Pool, OK, USA

problem #60

Jul 151999

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
While driving at approximately 30 mph hit another vehicle in front, and driver's side airbag didn't deploy.

- Commerce City, CO, USA

problem #59

Jul 311999

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
While driving at 45 mph consumer rear ended another vehicle due to the brakes going straight to the floorboard, and ABS system not working. Upon impact, driver's side and passenger's side air bags didn't deploy.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #58

Jul 311999

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
While driving at 45 mph consumer rear ended another vehicle due to the brakes going straight to the floorboard, and ABS system not working. Upon impact, driver's side and passenger's side air bags didn't deploy.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #57

Sep 021996

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 40.mph on a dirt road, consumer tried to go around a deer in the road, brakes failed and vehicle lost control and went up an enbankment, rolled down the enbakement. Vehicle went sliding sideways and didn't slow down. Upon impact, driver' side air bag didn't deploy.

- Palestine, TX, USA

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