WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reviewing an estimated 58,000 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs following a consumer complaint that the side curtain airbags do not prevent occupants from being ejected in a crash.
"The petition alleges the defect allows second- and third-row occupants to be ejected despite the deployment of rollover side curtain airbags," said NHTSA in its summary of the action. "The petition cites a 2011 Texas crash involving a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe, which allegedly resulted in multiple occupants to be ejected. One of the ejected occupants was fatally injured."
Federal safety regulators said they are determining whether to open a formal investigation into the matter.
"General Motors will cooperate with NHTSA as it determines whether to open an investigation based on the defect petition," wrote GM spokesman Alan Adler in response to a query from Edmunds. "GM investigated the complaint that is the basis of the petition and found no defect trend."
NHTSA noted that its preliminary review of its consumer complaint data "found no similar reports of occupants ejections on 2007-'15 Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon vehicles."
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles will have to wait for federal safety regulators to finish their work before determining if any action needs to be taken. As always, if you have a concern about your vehicle, it's best to contact your dealer.