CampaignManufacturerManufacturing dateType# of units affectedDate Owner notified MfgRecall Initiated byManufacturers of recalled vehicles/productsReport Recieved DateRecord Creation DateRegulation Part NumberFMVSS Number
02V178000GENERAL MOTORS CORP.from 02/01/1999 to 02/28/2000V (Vehicle)52525408/28/2002MFRGENERAL MOTORS CORP.07/01/200207/22/2002
Defect SummaryOn certain pickup and utility trucks, some of these vehicles have an air bag sensing diagnostic module (sdm) which contains an anomaly that could result in the driver and passenger's air bag failing to deploy during certain frontal crashes.
Consequence SummaryIn a vehicle crash, front seat occupants may receive more severe injuries.
Corrective SummaryDealers will recalibrate the sdm on the affected vehicles. owner notification began august 28, 2002. owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 or gmc at 1-800-462-8782.
NotesAlso, customers can contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).


BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
337310013523Sir light on steady after bulb test and no diagnostic trouble codes (dtcs). *tt04/20/2005
15070207/15/2002637271Subject regarding an upcoming recall involving reflashing the airbag sensing and diagnostic moudle (sdm). *tt11/22/2002
00094100412/01/2000619198Some customers may comment that the air bag indicator is illuminated on the instrument panel cluster (ipc) with side impact module diagnostic trouble codes b0028, b0029, b0040, and b0041 set. *tt05/18/2001

Consumer Complaints

Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
 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. *tr
 Tl*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.
 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. *nm
 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. *ak 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 th efront pasenger door which consumer could not open , and bent the car's frame beyond repair. *bf
 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.
 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. *ak
 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) *slc
 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.*ak
 While driving srs light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. this caused the horn to malfunction. vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic could not duplicate the problem. *ak the consumer stated that problems continue after the dealership assured him there was no problem. on two 500 mile trips the light was on the entire time. *tc
 Consumer was in two accidents. one in novemer of 2000 and the other in september of 2002. the air bags did not deploy in either incident. consumer described the incidents to a representative of general motors. consumer was informed that the air bags should not have deployed, in the first accident there was one injury, in the second accident, there were two injuries. *jg
 On november 11,2000 i had a head on collision (not my fault) and the airbags didn't deploy. then on sept 1,02 we had a accident on interstate 95 that we totaled the tahoe and the body shop called gm since the airbags didn't deploy again. mr. lattermere from gm callled me and told me over the phone after i describe the accident to him that , as he drew a picture on paper, that the air bags shouldn't have deployed. i find it very difficult that a person can draw a picture and tell me this. i would like for your organization to inspect this vechile and retrieve the computer information and let me know what you think. gm sent an indepedent inspector out to do a report but i have nothing from him or gm on the finding. i have left messages for mr. lattermere to call me to no avail.*ak
 Consumer states while driving 55mph hit concrete divider and air bags did not deploy.*jb
 Drivers door took a direct hit from a semi at an intersection and no air bag deployed. *ak
 Head on collision, impact on front right side, hit and sheared in half a wooden utility pole, no air bag deployment on either side, bumper is curled under front end of vehicle. *ak
 Front crash at 60 mph, neither airbag deployed. prior to accident vehicle had been to dealer 5 times, airbag light was constantly on. *ak
 While traveling at 35 mph lost control and car flipped, hit an inbankment. upon impact, airbags didn't deploy, hood released, cutting consumer to the bone.*ak
 I took my truck to island chevrolet for the antilock recall and i mentioned about the recall for the air bags on the chevrolet tahoe 2000 because my air bag light has been on. i was told my 2000 tahoe is not on the recall because it was the model made later in the year. but when they put the truck on the diagnostic they found it had right & left side deployment loop resistance low. they were going to charge me $800.00 and since i had to fix my 4 wheel drive also i could not afford it. but it seems to me that the recall should be extended to the later models of 2000 also. i know of a couple of people that also have this problem and they also have the later 2000 model. *nm
 It has been noticed that over a course of two months air bag light has been illuminating on the dashboard. vehicle was taken to the dealer, and the cause of the problem was the improper connection of the side air bag plug. *ak
 While driving, the consumer was involved in a major accident, but the driver side door air bags failed to deploy. the consumer suffered injuries. *yh
 The consumer was involved in a major accident but the driver side air bags failed to deploy. the consumer suffered injuries. *yh