really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,431 miles

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problem #9

Mar 172019


  • miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe. While the contact's son was driving 40 mph, he crashed into a vehicle that ran a red light. The air bags did not deploy. The contact's son sustained chest, lower back, and neck pains that required medical attention. The contact's son went to the emergency room two separate times. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a tow yard. The contact was waiting for finalized information from the insurance company to determine if the vehicle was totaled. The dealer and manufacturer were not contacted. The cause of the failure was not determined. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Viloet, LA, USA

problem #8

Jun 242009


  • 43,902 miles
Air bag light is activated. I have had my 2000 Tahoe ls in for service to correct this problem once already, but after about 2 months the light is back on. I felt I needed to file this report because of several articles I have read on this subject. I have read everything from air bags will not deploy, to air bags will deploy for no reason at all, both of which should be considered unacceptable and dangerous.

- Grandville, , MI, USA

problem #7

Nov 052008


  • 144,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle crashed into a lamp post that was surrounded by cement. The front end was pushed in, which caused the engine to shift. The air bags failed to deploy and the driver sustained injuries to his back and neck. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop and the mechanic stated that the air bags should have deployed. The dealer was not notified. The manufacturer filed a case and stated that they would be in touch with their decision. The current and failure mileages were 144,000.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #6

Feb 082006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was recently in an accident and my 2 children were in the vehicle with me. I was in a 5 car wreck in which my vehicle, and the one in front of me were totaled. Upon impact on the front of my truck, my air bags didn't deploy nor did my seat belts lock. My 11 yr old hit his head on the dash, requiring immediate medical attention for a severe laceration which required stitches. I learned from GMC there was a recall on my truck for air bag malfunctions and I was never notified.

- Evergreen, NC, USA

problem #5

Jan 022005

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 4,000 miles
While driving consumer hit a patch of ice which sent the vehicle sliding, and causing an accident. However, the air bags did not deploy, and consumer was injured. Consumer contacted the dealer, and manufacturer. Consumer feels that much of the pain and suffering might have been prevented by the protection of the 4 air bags in this Tahoe-none of which deployed upon an impact that crushed the front of the vehicle. Jammed the front pasenger door which consumer could not open, and bent the car's frame beyond repair.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,976 miles
August 2003 airbag sensor light came on. We were told that ifthis sensor came on, there was a problem with the airbag system and that none of the airbags would deploy. In researching the problem, we found that 525,254 Chevy Tahoe ls, year 2000 were recalled for defective sensors(sensing diagnostic module) and/or airbag problems. During a routine oil change a diagnostic scan was run on the vehicle. We were then told to bring the vehicle into a dealer for possible warranty work. Eisinger motors, 1000 West Idaho, kalispell mt 406-755-5555 told us that we would be responsible for paying for the repair costs. Since the vehicle was on the recall list (actually there are 5 NHTSA recalls on the Chevy 2000 Tahoe ls), are we actually responsible for repair costs? NHTSA states that dealers will recalibrate the SDM on the affected vehicles andthat owners who do not receive the free remedy should contact Chevrolet or GMC. If the airbag deployment system is not immediately attended to, the driver and or passengers could receive severe injuries.

- Kalispell, MT, USA

problem #3

Jun 102000


  • miles
There appears to be a malfunction with the connector of the air bag system located under the front passenger side seat. This malfunction causes the air bag system to shut down, it is frequent, known by Chevrolet, and seems to be difficult to repair since after 4 times of taking the vehicle into service, the problem has yet to be solved.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 012000


  • miles
Right front tire (no make or model provided) experienced a blowout, causing the vehicle to go off the road, come back onto the roadway, and crash into a cement wall, the consumer stated that he believed the back right tire experienced a blowout as well, during the crash the airbag experienced a no deployment, one person was injured due to the incident. (Ohio traffic crash report)

- Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #1

Jun 062000

Tahoe 4WD

  • miles
Purchased vehicle 5/27/00 was returned for service 6/6/00 airbag light came on received vehicle back 6/9/00, 6/11/00, airbag light back on again, back to dealer 6/12/00, received vehicle back 6/23/00 so far the airbag light has not come on again. I was told that the airbag could deploy for no reason when the light is on.

- Mt Holly, NJ, USA