fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,750 miles

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problem #4

Aug 152004


  • 67,000 miles
The chest buckle on the built-in child safety seat in my 2000 Chevrolet Venture can be pulled open without pushing the release button. There have not been any injuries but the same thing happened to my mother's van, also a General Motors vehicle. Her dealership replaced the entire belt system of the seat. General Motors has told me my seat is no longer available and they cannot do anything to help me. I think there may be a defect and am afraid children can be harmed or even killed if invilved in an accident.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Mar 012001


  • miles
The integrated child restraints have a chest latch. This latch is able to be pulled apart by my 18 mo. Old daughter without unlatching. I investigated, and found that they all come apart easily. Both child seats were replaced and the new ones are able to be unlatched by simply pulling the buckle apart. Once, my daughter was able to get out of the car seat completely as we were driving down the road. And I am concerned in a crash that the latch won't hold, or a child can unlatch it just by pulling on it.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #2

Aug 292000

(reported on)


  • miles
The integrated child safety seat shoulder harness clip comes apart with very little effort.

- Bellevue, NE, USA

problem #1

Feb 012000


  • miles
The integrated child safety seats in my new 2000 Chevy Venture don't adequately protect my children (ages 22 months and 40 months). The kids are able to slide down the clasp that holds the chest straps together and then slip their arms out of their belts. The yonger child then attemps to reach the power sliding door as I'm driving down the road. All of this makes for a stressful car trips. The buckles are too easy to operate and there is no mechanism to keep theclasp at chest level where it belongs. Once the kids slide them down to the crotch buckle it is very easy for them to wiggle their arms out of the belts. I'm worried I'm going to crash while trying to convince them to put their arms back in the straps and rebuckle the clasps. I bought the car because I assumed the integrated seats were safe because the manufacturer put them in the vehicle but as it turns out they are very unsafe. I don't want my kids to get injured while sitting in a seat that was designed to protect them!

- Elk Grove, CA, USA