2019 Chevrolet Traverse Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Steering, electrical system, brakes and engine issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

Among Chevy SUVs, the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is one of the more popular models. In fact, the automaker claims,“it’s hard not to notice.” While that statement has a lot of truth, the SUV isn’t gaining attention for the right reasons. It turns out that the Traverse suffers from engine trouble, electrical system malfunctions, a defective steering system and faulty brakes.

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NHTSA Complaints for the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Electrical System
38
Power Train
31
Unknown Or Other
27
Engine
22
Power Train:automatic Transmission:lever And Linkage:floor Shift
13
Steering
9
Fuel/propulsion System
7
Seat Belts
7
Service Brakes
7
Structure:body
6

Problems with the Engine

The engine is the heart of any vehicle. It needs to be potent and properly functioning in order for customers to be impressed. Yet, the Traverse can’t boast of either.

One Edmunds user states, “I was in love with this vehicle as everyone should be when purchasing a new vehicle. I purchased the 2019 Traverse Premier, I was afraid of changing from a compact car to a SUV but I have gotten adjusted to it. At about 6,000 miles a few weeks after my 1st oil change my engine light came on resulting in a catalytic converter issue, replacement. I took it in for service and within about 1 week and half my Traverse catalytic converted was repaired. I took my Traverse for its second oil change to the dealership which I had to pay out of pocket since my dealership only offers 1 free oil change and shortly after, 2 weeks or so the engine light came on again, shocker! It turns out being the catalytic converter needing to be replaced this part went to a “special case”  so there is no ETA  being that it’s a 2019 and they are having trouble getting the part. I’m sure they are sending them off the line without issues but here I am in a Tahoe loaner basic model and I must say it drives a lot better than the Traverse plus it has the HD radio stations that for some reason the Traverse does not. I’m just very disappointed with this experience. For a warranty of only 30,000 and only at less than half with 2 issues already is worrisome.”

It seems that the company is dealing with numerous engine issues. As an example Service Bulletin #18NA246 talks about how the engine oil might have excessive fuel in it, which would require a PCV valve replacement in the camshaft cover and an update to the ECM. Whatever the engine troubles are, customers have taken notice, just as Chevrolet hoped.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2019 Chevy Traverse Engine Problems:

I WAS DRIVING VEHICLE AND STOPPED AT LIGHT. THE CAR COMPLETELY CUT OFF. I HAD TO PUT IN PARK TO RESTART THE CAR. THATS WHEN THE ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON. RECEIVED AN ADVANCED DIAGNOSIS THAT STATED ISSUE WITH ENGINE/TRANMISSION SERVICE WITHIN ONE DAY. TOOK CAR IN 7/16 AT 7:30 AND GOT BACK THAT DAY STATING THAT CAR TRANSMISSION COMMUNICATION DROPPED. THE VERY NEXT DAY 7/17 AM, SAME THING HAPPENED. TOOK THE CAR THAT AFTERNOON BACK TO DEALER AND IT HAD BEEN THERE SINCE. THEY STATE THEY ARE WAITING TALK TO GMC. NOTHING YET.

WHEN BRAKING TO DO A U-TURN AND NOT STOPPING THE ENGINE SHUTS OFF AND DOESN’T COME BACK ON RIGHT AWAY. AND IT ALMOST CAUSED ME TO GET INTO AN ACCIDENT FROM A CAR FROM THE OTHER DIRECTION. WE HAD THIS CAR FOR 3 MONTHS AND IT’S HAPPENED ABOUT FIVE TIMES NOW.

Problems with the Electrical System

If something isn’t running right in a modern vehicle, there’s a good chance that it has something to do with the electrical system, since so many parts rely on this power.

An NHTSA complaint illustrates just one thing that can go wrong. “When stopping the vehicle, the auto-stop kicks in, which sometimes works well. Other times it kills the whole car, shutting it down completely. The infotainment center goes black like the car was shut off using the start/stop button. So then it takes a bit to get it running again to go. This has happened to us 6 times now within the last 2 weeks. In high traffic areas this can be a safety concern. Also when it shuts down completely the brake pedal goes soft and drops down to the floor. All this seems to happen when it is supposed to automatically start back up after being stopped for a short period of time.”

Chevy dealt with a recall because of an electrical system issue that put owners at risk. NHTSA Campaign Number 18V774000 discusses how some air bag Sensing Diagnostic Modules never got turned off of the manufacturing mode before installation. Because of this error, the system won’t deploy the air bags in the case of an accident. Apparently, the Chevy workers don’t know how to properly configure the parts in this SUV, which should cause plenty of concern for owners. What other electrical malfunctions could lead to danger? No one knows for sure.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2019 Chevy Traverse Electrical Problems:

ON JUNE 20, 2019, I BOUGHT A 2019 CHEVY TRAVERSE WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THE VEHICLE WAS IN GOOD CONDITION WITH NO DEFECTS. ON JULY THE 18 WE TOOK VEHICLE TO THE SERVICE DEPARTMENT, DUE TO THERE WAS A VERY STRONG ODOR WHEN INSIDE THE CAR. IT WAS CAUSING BLOODY NOSES AND BREATHING ISSUES FOR MY FAMILY. THE SMELL WAS SO STRONG THAT IT COULD BE TASTED. THE DEALERSHIP TOOK ABOUT 15 TO 20 MINUTES TO DIAGNOSE CAR AS NOTHING WRONG WITH IT. WE TOOK IT HOME. ON AUGUST 1, 2019, THE VEHICLE STARTS GOING CRAZY WITH ELECTRICAL ISSUES. WHILE MY WIFE IS DRIVING WITH MY KIDS THE HORN, LIGHTS, AND EMERGENCY LIGHTS START TURNING ON AND OFF AND THERE WAS A LOUD UGLY SOUND FROM THE ENGINE. THE CAR HAD TO BE PARKED TO AND I HAD TO GO DRIVE CAR HOME DUE THE UNSAFE CONDITIONS OF VEHICLE. AS I LOOKED UNDER THE HOOD, I COULD SMELL A BURNING SMELL AND SMOKE COMING FROM THE ENGINE. SO WE TOOK VEHICLE BACK TO DEALERSHIP. AFTER BEING ON THE SHOP FOR ABOUT A WEEK , WE GOT OUR CAR BACK AND ACCORDING TO DEALERSHIP IT WAS FIXED, ALONG WITH THE SMELL THEY TOLD US IT WAS A RARE SITUATION BUT THAT WE HAD MOLD AND MILDEW COMING OUT OF THE AC UNIT WHICH WAS CAUSING THE ODOR AND HENCE BLOODY NOSE AND BREATHING ISSUES. THEY ALSO FOUND THAT THE BATTERY WAS THROWING SPARKS AND WAS BURNING ELECTRICAL WIRES IN THE ENGINE. AT THIS POINT WE JUST WANTED OUR CAR BACK. THE FOLLOWING DAY MY WIFE AND KIDS WERE PUT IN A DANGEROUS SITUATION DUE TO DEFECTIVE CAR, WHILE DRIVING THE TRAVERSE IT TURNED OFF ON THEM WHILE ON THE HIGHWAY. MY WIFE AND KIDS ARE TRAUMATIZED AND SCARED WHILE BEING PUT IN THESE DANGEROUS SITUATIONS.

Problems with the Brakes

When a person is driving down the road, it is automatically assumed that stepping on the brake pedal will cause the vehicle to come to a stop. When brake issues present themselves, it can be discouraging and scary.

Just like this Edmunds user deals with. “Only issue I have encountered is the brakes have been squeaking since a couple weeks after I purchased it and they keep telling me it is normal.  I don’t know about you but I don’t want to pay for a brand new car that squeaks.  I have gotten a different explanation every time I have asked about it but still no resolution!  Chevy should notify customers in humid areas that the brakes could possibly be squeaky.  I would have NEVER purchased this vehicle had I known that they can’t figure out how to make brakes that hold up to the environment. I definitely won’t make that mistake again!”

While this dealer has failed to resolve the problem, the automaker is aware of brake issues. Service Bulletin #19NA115 talks about squealing noises as a result of the material used on the rear disc brake pad shim. Chevrolet even offers to replace the disc brake pads with a set that has an updated material. If an automaker can’t figure out how to make brakes, which have been around forever, that should be a clear warning sign that something isn’t right. Apparently, Chevrolet is so adamant about being noticed that they want others to hear the Traverse coming before it even arrives. The squealing brakes are merely a way to turn heads.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2019 Chevy Traverse Brake Problems:

THERE ARE CONTINUOUS DEFECTS AND CONCERN FOR SAFETY REGARDING MY 2019 CHEVY TRAVERSE. I PURCHASED A NEW 2019 TRAVERSE REDLINE ON MARCH 22, 2019 AND THE PROBLEMS BEGAN WITHIN TWO WEEKS AND LESS THAN 400 MILES ON THE VEHICLE. I WAS DRIVING MY NEW VEHICLE ON A RESIDENTIAL ROAD AND BEGAN TO SLOWLY PRESS THE BRAKE WHILE APPROACHING A STOP SIGN WHEN THE “SERVICE BRAKE ASSIST” ALERT APPEARED, THE BRAKES MADE A GRINDING AND CLICKING NOISE WHILE SHAKING AND FELT LIKE THE BRAKE PEDAL NEEDED TO BE PUSHED ALL THE WAY TO THE FLOOR TO STOP. I BROUGHT THE CAR IN AND THE SERVICE DEPARTMENT REPLACED A VACUUM BOOSTER SENSOR WHICH THEY SAID WAS FAULTY. THEN TWO MONTHS LATER, WITH ONLY 1800 MILES ON THE VEHICLE, THE SAME ISSUE OCCURRED AGAIN WHERE THE “SERVICE BRAKE ASSIST” ALERT APPEARED, THE BRAKES MADE THE SAME NOISES AND SHAKING. I IMMEDIATELY CALLED THE DEALERSHIP TO BRING IT IN FOR SERVICE. DURING THIS SECOND OCCURRENCE, THE SERVICE DEPARTMENT SUGGESTED IT MUST HAVE BEEN A “BAD BATCH” OF PARTS AND OFFERED TO REPLACE THE SENSOR AGAIN. I RETURNED TO THE DEALERSHIP TO PICK UP MY VEHICLE AND DURING THE LESS THAN TWO MILE DRIVE HOME, THE SAME ISSUE OCCURRED FOR THE THIRD TIME. I IMMEDIATELY RETURNED TO THE DEALERSHIP AGAIN AND THE SERVICE DEPARTMENT SAID THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHAT WAS CAUSING THE PROBLEM. AFTER REPLACING THE SAME PART FOR A THIRD TIME, THE SAME ISSUE OCCURRED AGAIN. ULTIMATELY, THE SERVICE TECHNICIANS & ENGINEER ARE UNABLE TO IDENTIFY THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE ISSUE AND MERELY SUGGESTED REPLACING THE SAME PART FOR THE FOURTH TIME. WHILE THE SERVICE MANAGER HAS OFFERED TO CONTINUALLY REPLACE THE SAME PARTS, THEY ALSO ARE UNABLE TO IDENTIFY THE ROOT CAUSE AND STATED I NEED TO CONTINUE DRIVING THE VEHICLE UNTIL IT HAPPENS AGAIN AND PERHAPS THERE WILL BE A NEW PART UPDATED IN THE FUTURE.

WE PURCHASED THIS VEHICLE IN JUNE OF 2019, AND HAVE HAD IT AT THE DEALERSHIP 4 TIMES FOR AN ISSUE WITH THE BRAKES. TO THIS DATE THEY HAVE NOT FIGURED OUT WHAT IS CAUSING IT, BUT IT CAUSES THE BRAKE SYSTEM TO LOSE POWER MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO BRAKE. WE WERE TOLD BY THE DEALER JUST TO KEEP DRIVING IT UNTIL THEY FIGURE OUT WHAT IS GOING ON.

Problems with the Steering

Another system worth examining is the steering. On the Traverse, it’s just one more malfunctioning part that’s driving owners crazy.

This NHTSA complaint states, “On July 11, 2019, while operating this vehicle, an error message appeared on the dashboard which stated, power steering malfunction. At the time of this error message, power steering had failed and maneuvering of the vehicle became difficult. During this incident, the vehicle was in motion on a highway. Vehicle was brought to a Chevy dealer and the rack and pinion was replaced due to an electrical issue.”

And there you have it – another system failure that resulted from an electrical problem. It turns out that isn’t the only steering issue out there. Service Bulletin #16NA109 also instructs technicians how to inspect the steering gear for excessive sealant. That would imply that too much was left on again during manufacturing. What were these workers doing during assembly? Maybe they were too busy noticing the Traverse that they failed to follow common procedures, like removing grease and setting electronics to the operating function.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2019 Chevy Traverse Steering Problems:

WHEN TURNING THE STEERING WHEEL, THERE IS A LOW WHINING SOUND. THE DEALER SAYS THIS IS “NORMAL”. THE STEERING COLUMN SHOULD NOT MAKE ANY NOISE. NOISES COMING FROM A STEERING COLUMN USUALLY INDICATE TROUBLE.

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Complaint Data

CategoryBack Over Prevention: Warnings, Unknown Or Other
DateJan 15, 2023
StateAL
Description
Everytime I set my car to park it says shift to park, also whe I pull it all the way to the letter l it's really stiff it doesn't set.
CategoryElectrical System
DateJan 11, 2023
StateSC
Description
When I shift the vehicle from "gear" to "park" the electric system does not register that the car is in "park". I receive a message on the dash (shift vehicle to park) when my vehicle is already in "park". If I try to get out of the car with the dash stating to (shift vehicle to park) the horn starts to beep. I have to keep putting the car in and out of gear and eventually it will electronically realize the vehicle is in "park". Sometimes it takes one or two tries for it to turn off and I can exit my vehicle or it has taken me 10 minutes of continuing to put the car in and out of gear. This started a few weeks ago and has slowly gotten worse. My traverse is currently at chevrolet to get fixed and I was quoted 2 plus tax to repair the issue. I have googled this issue and found this same problem posted dating back to 2020 yet this still is not a recall 3 years later. When I called/ dropped off my traverse at chevrolet they knew exactly what was happening without me fully explaining. This is a known issue that they stated was a transmission emergency and I was offered a same day appointment vs. Waiting for a normal appointment for two weeks.
CategoryElectrical System, Fuel/propulsion System, Seat Belts
DateJan 03, 2023
StatePA
Description
3 major issues—1. The driver side seatbelt does not latch any more. This started happening 11/1/2022. 2. The "shift to park" message continues to appear while the car is in park. The vehicle at times will not shut off due to the message even thought it's actually in park. This has been happening for over a year without a fix and now we're over our 3 year warranty. 3. The car has 45 miles on it before it needed to refuel, however, it stalled and completed shut off in the middle of traffic causing a jam behind us! We had one of our toddlers in the car too which could have ended much worse. The car was towed to chevy (0 bill for us), and chevy said it stalled and turned off because the fuel was empty even though it the dashboard said 45 miles on it.
CategoryElectrical System
DateJan 01, 2023
StateMI
Description
When I put my 2019 traverse in park, it gives a shift to park error message, even though it is in park. I can't shut it off so I put the gear shift in drive and back to park a few times and the message would finally go away and let me shut it off. The problem is constant now. Very frustrating!! Now I'll have to take it to the dealer and hopefully they can fix it and without me having to take it in again to be fixed. And my warrant is expired now (42 months) so I'll have to pay for an expensive electrical fix. I've done some research and a lot of people are having this issue. Why hasn't there been a recall issued yet???
CategorySeat Belts, Service Brakes
DateDec 29, 2022
StateTX
Description
We bought the chevy traverse from eagle pass, texas autoworld dealership. We test drove the vehicle and made the car dealer aware that some of the seatbelts were not functioning and also that the breaks were making a screeching sound. The car dealer made notes and said he would have the seatbelts and brakes looked over at a later time. We. Still bought the vehicle and followed up with the dealership only to be told the car sales man no longer works there and that we would be charged a fee for having the seatbelts looked at totally disregarded the break issues. Now we have a newer vehicle but with faulty seatbelts and breaks.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateDec 12, 2022
StateCA
Description
2019 chevy traverse check engine light came on then went off for a couple of weeks. The engine light came back on and I took it in to dealership. They found code p0420 which is fail code catalytic converter. They call me to shop an showed me a leak on pipe near a weld which was cracked no sign of someone causing damage to it just a cracked weld. This pipe was directly under the passenger and driver which could have been causing the gasses to leak into the vehicle. This carbon monoxide could cause safety risks to passengers. I contacted general motors about this issue and they investigated it but said it was not covered so I paid out of my pocket for the repair which cost 00 .
CategoryPower Train
DateDec 01, 2022
StateCA
Description
Vehicle was in driveway at slight incline. Vehicle was able to be shut off while in drive and rolled backwards. No warning to shift to park
CategoryElectrical System
DateNov 12, 2022
StateKY
Description
When the car is in park, it gives a shift to park error, even though it is in park. It began about a week ago. I use to be able to wiggle the gear shift a bit and it would go away. Now the problem is constant. And you can't just ignore it as it beeps and the lights stay on draining the battery.
CategoryAir Bags
DateNov 01, 2022
StateFL
Description
My wife and I were t-boned in the front end of our 2019 chevy traverse. I am familiar with how airbags operate and the force necessary to activate the trigger switch. At the force we were hit, the airbags should have deployed. None of the airbags worked. The car that hit us was totaled. Their front end was completely demolished to the firewall and all airbags were deployed. Our car had ,000 plus worth of front /side damage. Our bodies are recovering from injuries we should not have sustained if the airbags were functional. We will be contacting the dealer.
CategoryBack Over Prevention: Warnings, Steering, Unknown Or Other
DateNov 01, 2022
StateOH
Description
On 10-31-2022 my chevy app sent email that my vehicle was experiencing starter engine issues and that my vehicle could not start. Except my vehicle was starting and being driven at the time. Shortly after that my vehicle gave notification by dashboard that my steering assist was reduced and to drive carefully but I am not aware of having that feature or how it was reduced in the first place. On 11-1-2022 my vehicle was being reversed into parking and the camera view displayed the scene as if my course was clear but I was not and the vehicle collided with a pole. I'm not sure how this is even possible but I no longer feel this vehicle is safe for me and my family.
CategoryFuel/propulsion System
DateOct 25, 2022
StateOH
Description
On our 2019 chevy traverse, the check engine light came on and off several times over the last couple of weeks. After filling up with gas, it would often take 4 to 5 times to get the engine to start as it would keep stalling out after starting. Additionally, on two separate occasions the car stalled out unexpectedly - once while turning onto a road out of a parking lot that almost caused us to get hit, and a second time while in a round-a-bout. The car was checked by a chevy dealer and it was found that there was a bad purge valve creating this issue. This had previously been recalled on earlier model year traverses, but not for 2019. It appears this is still an issue for this model year and should be addressed.
CategorySteering
DateOct 10, 2022
StateCA
Description
This morning, the steering system went out on me, all of the sudden while driving down the road the steering stop working and was unable to control vehicle. Lights came on on the dash. Telling me that to be careful, going into safe mode problem with steering column. This was a very horrifying moment, as the truck was doing all over the place and was unable to take steering control. I was blessed to be alone on the street and manage to side park on the curve. I cannot image if this would happen in the freeway in high speed. Now I am afraid, this safety issue must be addressed by the chevy company/dealer as it is a safety issue and a high risk where lives can be lost!!!!
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateOct 07, 2022
StateNC
Description
When shifting to park, the car indicates that the car has not shifted and has not engaged the parking break. The car remains on and has rolled back as a result. The dealership refuses to acknowledge the problem and it is endemic with general motors vehicles across the family of brands.
CategorySeat Belts
DateOct 06, 2022
StateCA
Description
The seatbelt buckle in the middle row jams and makes the seatbelt unusable. I took the vehicle to the dealer and was told I had to pay for this repair when this is clearly a safety issue that chevrolet should take care of. There is a defect in the seatbelt buckles for this vehicle. When I first purchased it in july 2021 they had to replace one seatbelt buckle and now a second one stopped working.
CategoryPower Train
DateSep 19, 2022
StateNC
Description
When the car is idling and you place the car from drive to park, it gives you an error message "shift in park" and and will allow you to kill the engine but the alarm goes off. You don't know if the car is still in drive or still in park. There are two service bulletins on this. 19-na-206 is one. Gm knows there is a safety defect and should issue a recall for a car that can't tell you safely if it's in park or drive. My car is being worked on for this at hendrick chevrolet in cary nc. Happens multiple times a day.
CategoryPower Train:automatic Transmission:lever And Linkage:floor Shift
DateSep 14, 2022
StateSC
Description
The issue is that after driving the vehicle when it is shifted into park the transmission fails to recognize that it is in park and sends a message to the screen to shift into park. It appears to be related to a buildup of material on the contacts for the sensor. The situation can usually be overcome by wiggling the shifter until the contacts make a proper connection.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateSep 12, 2022
StateAZ
Description
Auto stop continually stops but delays to turn on. Service esc goes on and off even after being fixed. Several mechanics have “fixed” this issue but it still happens. This is going to cause a serious accident.
CategoryElectrical System, Power Train, Unknown Or Other
DateSep 05, 2022
StateNM
Description
When placing into park , message coming displays place in park, after many attempts it shifts into park, but has rolled into roadway while in park.
CategoryPower Train
DateSep 01, 2022
StateMN
Description
When shifted to park and trying to turn off car light comes on saying vehicle needs to be in park. Additionally when stopped at a light when letting off of break and pushing on gas transmission will not in gauge for several seconds than goes and causes tires to peel out.
CategoryFuel/propulsion System, Power Train
DateAug 31, 2022
StateIL
Description
2019 chevrolet traverse having "shift to park" error when shifted into park and it will not turn off. I am not able to shut down my vehicle occurs, which is at random but with more frequency lately. I often have to turn car on, put into reverse and repeat the process, or jiggle the gear shifter to get it to turn off. I have read this is a common issue and gm is being sued in a class action lawsuit because of it. My dealership isn't acknowledging it and wants me to pay to have it completely replaced. I have also read it gets worse in most cases and in some cases causes the vehicle to shift into gear accidentally or drains the battery completely because it thinks the car is in drive and stays on. Possibly related, the vehicle is starting to "buck" when in slow acceleration/shifting automatic gears.
CategoryPower Train
DateAug 31, 2022
StateTX
Description
I get “shift to park” warning even when car is in park. I have to jiggle the gear shift in order for it to recognize it is in park.
CategorySuspension
DateAug 01, 2022
StatePA
Description
Both rear toe links were corroded and had to be replaced at 38,000 miles. This is a known problem as the service tech said he had seen it in the equinox as well. It could have caused a serious accident and injury by causing the vehicle to veer uncontrollably due to loss of steering. There is already a recall for several gm vehicles. The recall should be expanded to include the 2019 traverse. The replacement of the toe links and the cost of the wheel alignment that is required should be covered. Https://gmauthority. Com/blog/2022/01/gm-expands-chevy-malibu-buick-regal-and-lacrosse-toe-link-recall/ https://static. Nhtsa. Gov/odi/rcl/2021/rcsb-21v633-9123. Pdf
CategoryPower Train:automatic Transmission:lever And Linkage:floor Shift
DateJul 30, 2022
StateOK
Description
Vehicle has a shift to park error and doesn't recognize when the car is in park so will not allow the vehicle to turn off.
CategoryPower Train:automatic Transmission:lever And Linkage:floor Shift
DateJul 25, 2022
StateNC
Description
The contact owns a 2019 chevrolet traverse. The contact stated while parking the vehicle, the gear shifter was shifted to park(p) however, a message to “shift to park” was displayed. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to turn off. The contact stated that after several attempts the vehicle turned off. Additionally, the lock button had to be pressed several times before the vehicle responded. The vehicle was not diagnosed; however, an appointment was scheduled. The manufacturer was contacted, and a complaint was filed. The failure mileage was 43,550.
CategoryPower Train, Seat Belts, Unknown Or Other
DateJul 20, 2022
StateCA
Description
I was driving to take my daughter to school and my truck made a loud click noise and it sounded accelerated and it won't go more then 10 miles per hour which almost made a car crash me . Also the pass anger seat belt does nit work properly
CategoryEngine
DateJul 18, 2022
StateAZ
Description
Driving through arizona desert and california desert, air conditioning went out. On monday, contacted mission bay chevrolet to get ac repaired. Dealership and service rep were excellent but this ac should not have failed at 39,151 miles. Diagnosis showed that compressor clutch pulley melted freezing the compressor. I can only thank god that I had an extended warranty.
CategoryPower Train:automatic Transmission:lever And Linkage:floor Shift
DateJul 16, 2022
StateGA
Description
The vehicle does not recognize p even thought it says it is shifted into park. Have to start , stop and move lever several times. Dealer recognized and says they have seen several of these issues , but since the car is out of warranty they won't fix. I don't know if the car is actually in p or not and I'm scared.
CategoryPower Train:automatic Transmission:lever And Linkage:floor Shift
DateJul 06, 2022
StateWI
Description
When car is shifted into park, there is an error saying that the vehicle is not in park and the lights and warning chime turns on. It happens 90% of the time. I can move the shifter back and forth and some times it will stop and work properly. I can also try to move the shifter while in park without moving into another gear and that might work but it may take 5 -10 tries. Do a google search and you'll find lots of threads on bad gen 2 shifters for this year and make/model. No warnings prior to malfunctioning. Shift to park issue with warning light and message error - shift to park.
CategoryPower Train:automatic Transmission:lever And Linkage:floor Shift
DateJul 06, 2022
StateNY
Description
About one month ago, I began receiving a "shift to park" message in error when powering off my car and in park. There is no way to override the message, during which the car remains on and there is a loud beeping noise. I have to power the car back on and manipulate the sensors to make the "shift to park" message go away - and this doesn't always work or takes several times. In addition to the obvious concern, I'm also concerned about my car's battery every time this happens. I have young children and am afraid to drive my car right now because of this issue. We bought out our lease in may and our warranty expired about three months ago and chevy is refusing to fix the defected part. Chevy is aware of this problem in older and other 2019 vehicles, they have yet to recall the 2019 traverse. I took my car to a local mechanic to replace the faulty wire, with the same wire which will likely cause the same issue in a matter of time. Consumers should not be responsible for unethical practices. Please hold chevy accountable for their poor choices!
CategoryPower Train:automatic Transmission:lever And Linkage:floor Shift
DateJul 01, 2022
StateAR
Description
The vehicle gives a message of "shift to park" but the vehicle is in park. This is a safety issue and could cause harm to somebody if the vehicle does not think it's in park and start's rolling. It also doesn't let the vehicle shut completely off because it thinks its still in drive! There are alot of forums and complaints on this issue. Local dealership states yes we have heard of this issue but "it's not on a recall list yet and also not covered under warranty" this should be a recall and fixed by chevrolet without charging customers 0-

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CategoryPower Train:automatic Transmission:lever And Linkage:floor Shift
DateJun 27, 2022
StateOH
Description
We constantly got the message to "shift to park" even though the indicator showed we were already in park! We had to shift to drive and back into park several times before our car recognized that we were already in park. We could not turn the car off until the system finally realized that we were in park.
CategoryPower Train:automatic Transmission:lever And Linkage:floor Shift
DateJun 23, 2022
StateMD
Description
When I shift to park and turn off my chevy traverse the warning light comes on to shift to park except my chevy traverse is in park. This happened last night and it doesn't happen every time I turn my chevy off.
CategoryFuel/propulsion System, Steering, Unknown Or Other
DateJun 20, 2022
StateCA
Description
Transmission shifting erratic. Rpm is high and shifting is delayed. Delay in acceleration when car is in movement. Parking gear sensor is not working. Shows on dash to put car in park. When car is already in park.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateJun 13, 2022
StateTX
Description
On june 12, 2022, after stopping for gas, my car did not want to start back up. I put my foot on the brake and pushed the start/stop button, but the engine struggled to come on. It did a similar thing a week before, but on that time when I pushed the button to start the car, all of my lights came on and my radio, but my air conditioner delayed in coming on. When I put the car in drive to go, nothing happened and I realized the engine never started. I pushed the start/stop button again and everything shut off and then back on and I was able to drive. For almost a year now, I have had issues with the auto stop feature when I'm at a stop light/sign. When I try to take off again, it delays on letting me move. This is also when my car will jerk or jolt as I start to drive. I took it to the dealership to look at the problem and was told there may be something with the fuel system. All they did was flush the system, but the problem didn't stop. I am seeing reports online of similar things happening to other 2019 traverse owners. This concerns me because what happens when my car decides not to start again and I'm in a busy area? What happens when my family is with me and it doesn't want to go or it shuts off at a stop sign or light and we're in crash? I am making an appointment with another dealership, but with how many other drivers seem to be having problems, this seems to be a manufacturer issue and needs to be taken care of by them.
CategoryPower Train:automatic Transmission:lever And Linkage:floor Shift
DateJun 12, 2022
StateNE
Description
The gear shift won't register as being placed into park. It often requires multiple on/off cycles of the vehicle along with repeated shifting into drive/park. Preliminary research showed it as a unique problem to this setup. I believe the safety risk is present by the inability to confirm successful changing of gears.
CategoryPower Train:automatic Transmission:lever And Linkage:floor Shift
DateJun 07, 2022
StateND
Description
I get ‘shift to park' message and constant dinging when car is placed in park and turn off ignition. After doing some research, this seems to be a common issue with various 2016-2020 chevrolet vehicles. I am hopeful that this will be covered under my vehicle warranty from the dealer, but we should not have to hassle with that if gm is well aware of the issue in many vehicles. A recall should be issued and gm should cover to replace and repair back to proper working order. When many people spend a year's salary or more on a brand new vehicle and it doesn't even last them two years, that is not right. I only have 24,000 miles on my vehicle and this should not be an issue I am having to deal with right now. Gm needs to step up and take care of this issue immediately.
CategoryVisibility/wiper
DateJun 07, 2022
StatePA
Description
My complaint is in regard to the climate control system on my 2019 chevy traverse. I chatted with will of the chevrolet customer service center on october 10, 2021. The problem is that the system will not keep the windshield clear of fog in certain weather conditions. During the chat, will said that he couldn't do anything unless I had taken the car to the dealer. I believed it is a design flaw, because my son owns the same model and year of traverse and has the same complaint. (I have previously owned 2009 and 2012 traverses and did not experience this problem.) the next time I took the car to my dealer for service 12/14/2021, I told the service dept about the problem. According to the service request: "all functions working as designed at this time." the service manager told me that this is a common complaint. He suggested using the "max defrost" button (which bombs the driver with air), turning on the ac to take the humidity out of the air, and turning up the temperature. We have had this fogging happen at many times. But is not something that can be replicated, because it is dependent on the weather. The time I complained in october 2021 was particularly scary, because I was bringing my husband home from surgery late at night from montefiore hospital in pittsburgh. The hospital is about 2 hours from our home and is not a trip we make on a regular basis. It happened on friday, may 6, 2022 again, when my husband was going to monroeville, pa for a check-up with the vascular surgeon. It was one of those "all day rains" and the temperature was in the 52-58 degree range. I think we both had a stiff neck the next day after having the max defrost blasting all the way to pittsburgh and back.
CategoryPower Train:automatic Transmission
DateMay 23, 2022
StateCA
Description
The contact owns a 2019 chevrolet traverse. The contact stated while driving approximately 65 mph, after releasing the accelerator pedal, the vehicle downshifted with a loud thud. The contact stated that the loud thud also occurred while shifting into reverse(r). Additionally, the contact stated that while driving through a puddle of water, the all-wheel drive feature engaged, and the transmission vibrated and made a loud grinding noise. The contact stated that the check engine warning light was illuminated. The contact had taken the vehicle to a local dealer where it was diagnosed; however, the mechanic found no fault with the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer had been informed of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 78,000.
CategoryPower Train:automatic Transmission:lever And Linkage:floor Shift
DateMay 23, 2022
StateND
Description
The electronic cord in the shifter showing the "shift to park" message code caused my car battery to die and be unable to shut my car off and on for months. This electronic problem was nothing related to anything I did but the vehicle itself causing me to finally take it in because it was not safe for me and my kids to go far in case the battery would die. It costed me almost 0 and 6 hours of wasted time at the dealership. I would highly recommend and appreciate a recall reimbursement on this issues- I am not the first to have this happen.
CategoryElectrical System
DateMay 03, 2022
StateAZ
Description
Shift to park error on, car is in park however the car is not registering it is in park and won't let me shut off car… tried several times of putting it in gear and back into park as well as driving it around a few separate times before it would finally register.
CategoryElectrical System, Unknown Or Other
DateApr 29, 2022
StateMI
Description
Shift to park error and the car can't turn off
CategoryElectrical System, Power Train
DateApr 12, 2022
StateOH
Description
When shifting into park after coming to a stop in a parking space the “shift into park” warning appeared on the dash. It took driving back and forth between reverse and drive to finally get the car to go into park without the warning indicator.
CategoryElectrical System, Power Train
DateApr 06, 2022
StateAZ
Description
When shifting into park the “shift to park” message comes on even though the vehicle is in park. This problem started about 6 months ago and now happens almost every time we drive it. It is a safety issue because we don't want to get stranded or not be able to lock the vehicle.
CategorySteering, Suspension
DateMar 21, 2022
StateNC
Description
The sway bar/control arm broke up near the engine without cause. It appears metal fatigue or manufacture defect caused same. It's failure led to cv joint and other damage. This was discovered during a changing of tires. I don't know how long it had been broken as no obvious signs were readily apparent and my wife said it drove normal. There was no accident or other impact that would have caused same.
CategoryElectrical System, Power Train
DateMar 16, 2022
StateNY
Description
Upon shifting vehicle into park and shutting off vehicle, "shift to park" is displayed on the vehicle information center. Recent purchase of vehicle, owned by me less then 2 weeks and this has occurred multiple times already.
CategoryPower Train
DateMar 16, 2022
StateTX
Description
After shifting to park and turning the vehicle off a message of "shift to park" appears on the information screen behind the steering wheel despite the car already being in park.
CategoryElectrical System
DateMar 08, 2022
StateNY
Description
First issue: 09/28/2019- robert chevrolet/hicksville- car got shut off on middle of old country road- car needs to be towed to nearest chevy dealer and generator and battery was replaced-generator caused battery to fail- there was no rental car given since I was told that service center didn't belong to me- if I had brought to dealership in douglaston then I would be able to get a loaner car. Same issue second time: 2/10/2022 car got shut off in middle of northern blvd. Right near service center- my whole car dashboard and signal went blank while taking exist and I was not able to use signals indicator at all- my car got completely shut off in few minutes after shutting off dashboard. I almost got into an accident due to car slowed down and shut off completely in busiest main street. Car drivers behind me started cursing and honking and screaming because I even couldn't start emergency flashing light. I was able to borrow orange cone from local service guy and put it behind my car since I couldn't use emergency indicator. I was told 50 including tax is out of pocket cost (alternator/battery)- I was within 3 year leasing period but due to its out of warranty for mileage limit for about over 4000 mileage. Gm was involved and took percentage of and I still ended up paying 6. I am asking why within three year my battery and generator will go bad?
CategoryElectrical System
DateFeb 28, 2022
StateFL
Description
My vehicle is not registering whenever it is put into park. The dashboard keeps signaling that it needs to be shifted into park when it already is and refuses to turn the vehicle off because it's not registering that it did is in park. Upon researching the issue, I found that this is a common problem due to defective parts and once fixed by the dealership people have reported having the same problem within the next few thousand miles. This same issue is happening with different models of gm vehicles as well and I believe due to the widespread and common occurrence of this specific related issue that there needs to be a recall to have the problem resolved. I am unable to even drive my vehicle due to this. I can not turn my vehicle completely off which drains the battery.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateFeb 24, 2022
StateMO
Description
My chevy traverse lt has only 15,500 miles. A few weeks after my 3 year warranty expired I started getting an "action required shift to park" message and the car would not recognize it was in park. After numerous attempts it would eventually recognize and turn off properly. Not only is this frustrating but also dangerous. I called the dealer I purchased from and his only offer was to put it on the diagnostic machine told me that that would be deducted from the total. When I asked what the ballpark figure would be, he said he did not know which tells me that they could just charge me whatever they wanted. He said he knew about this problem and the bulletin that was issued and had fixed many. I'm assuming he should know a ballpark figure but the way he was doing it I wouldn't know until it was all said and done shameful way to do business for a known problem. I called chevrolet customer service and was told it was covered under the power train warranty. Then I found a chevy dealer in smithville who acknowledged this is an ongoing problem, not covered by warranty and quoted me 0 to repair by replacing the sensor and harness. He got my business by being honest. I have been a loyal chevy customer for 50+ years and now rethinking what make car I will get in the future. I am perplexed why chevy doesn't issue a recall for this issue since a car needs to be in park and turned off.
CategoryPower Train
DateFeb 23, 2022
StateCA
Description
The transmission is shifted into park mechanism does not work. Can't turn off the engine.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine
DateFeb 18, 2022
StateLA
Description
The contact owns a 2019 chevrolet traverse. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to turn off after the vehicle was shifted to park. There was no warning light illuminated. The dealer was contacted and an appointment was scheduled however, the vehicle was not yet repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 43,000.
CategoryElectrical System
DateFeb 17, 2022
StateTX
Description
Unknown what component is failing. When honking the horn, the radio station changes. It is available upon inspection. When the station changes to another station, at times the new station is a lot louder than the original station. This is distracting and causes the driver to look at the entertainment center and away from the road. This puts everyone in the vehicle at risk for an accident. Other drivers or pedestrians are risk for the same reason. The vehicle has been inspected several times by the dealership that sold us the vehicle who said they could not reproduce the error. No warnings appeared before nor as the error happens. This appeared within the first year of ownership.
CategoryPower Train
DateFeb 17, 2022
StateTX
Description
The transmission is shifted into park mechanism does not work and is available for inspection. The shift into park notice in the driver information center lights and chimes as long as the system does not believe the transmission is not in park. This will cause the battery to go dead, or in some instances you can't turn off the engine nor leave the vehicle until this error is cleared. It has been confirmed by a dealer (henna) whose service contact said they had the same problem on their 2019 traverse plus many, many comments about this problem for this and other gm models which have been posted on the internet. The vehicle nor the component have been inspected by others, but another dealer will be attempting to fix the problem under one of serveral tsbs created by gm. No other warnings nor symptoms happened before this started.
CategoryPower Train:automatic Transmission:lever And Linkage:floor Shift
DateFeb 17, 2022
StateFL
Description
Computer keeps saying shift into park after the car is in park and I'm trying to shut the car off. I then have to jiggle the throttle into park in order for it to recognize it's already in park.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateFeb 17, 2022
StateIN
Description
On several occasions when trying to park my vehicle I would get a “shift to park” error message on my dash. Despite turning the car back on and off, the error message did not go away. I had to do this several times before it'd go away.
CategoryWheels
DateFeb 17, 2022
StateTX
Description
The tire pressure monitoring system shows incorrect information. It is of by 3 - 5 psi when compared to a tire pressure gauge the is tested & calibrated accurate to ±2% at our jaco nist and ansi certified calibration lab. Not knowing the correct tire air pressure risks a blowout while traveling. The component will be inspected within 5 days at a chevrolet dealership service center. The failure causes alerts on the driver information center to the incorrect tire pressure. The error first appeared around june 2020 while checking the tire pressure with my gauge.
CategoryService Brakes
DateFeb 11, 2022
StateNY
Description
Brake system failed. Car crash forward. Personal and passenger safety at risk.. The problem is not confirmed by a dealer or independent representatives or others yet, only reported to insurance . No police record. , unknown. I was making a very slow right turn with foot on brakes for a distance of no more than 5 meters to make room behind me and other cars, in preparation to reverse park or rear /back parking. When suddenly the car accelerate , going forward .. The car hits a barrier which put the car to stop. I was on the brake pedal the whole time. With the car at stopped at the barrier and foot still on brake pedal, I am able to shift to reverse gear and parked the car. The impact is very strong that it damaged the front end mostly right side and transmission problem, transmission oil leak and alignment of tires. Thank you very much
CategoryPower Train:automatic Transmission:control Module (tcm, Pcm)
DateFeb 04, 2022
StateOH
Description
The contact owns a 2019 chevrolet traverse. The contact stated that after coming to a complete stop and shifting the vehicle into park, the "action required shift to park" warning light illuminated. The contact stated that the vehicle was turned off however, the instrument panel lights remained powered on. The contact exited the vehicle and an audible alert was sounded indicating that the vehicle was still on and running. The contact was also unable to securely lock the vehicle. The contact was unable to start the vehicle the following day because the battery had drained overnight. The contact stated that the failure occurred three times previously however, the battery had not been drained on those occasions. The contact had the vehicle towed to a local dealer, where it was not yet diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer had not been informed of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 32,400.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateFeb 04, 2022
StateKS
Description
“shift to park” message when car is put in park and car cannot be turned off. Reshifting fid not fix the problem. Drove it around a bit then was able to turn it off. Apparently this is a known defect. Dealer who fixed mine says he gets a few every week. Should be a recall since this is definitely a hazard. My car was 6 weeks out of warranty with 30844 miles on it do I had to pay nearly 0 for the repair. And after reading reports, it may recur.
CategoryElectrical System, Power Train, Unknown Or Other
DateFeb 01, 2022
StatePA
Description
Intermittently after I put the trans. In park and shut off the engine I get a message to shift trans. To park. I repeat the process of starting and stopping engine and shifting in and out of park several more times. I can't leave the vehicle until the message stops appearing. If I get out and shut the door the radio keeps playing and doors will not automatically lock. I'm concerned that I have an electrical short and might catch fire. I park in a garage at home and could lose my home or life if it caught fire I have an appointment with my dealer 2/7/2022. As of this date I have not reported the issue to anyone. The problem started just before christmas and stopped for several weeks and now it's back again. There are no pre-warnings before the issue occurs.
CategoryEngine, Steering, Unknown Or Other
DateJan 17, 2022
StateNY
Description
Stopped at a red light in left lane of a two way highway. When light turned green car stalled out. Steering locked and brakes locked. Got truck to side of road. Lights and radio still worked. Truck would not turn over or start. Dashboard was fully lit. Had towed to dealer. According to dealer it was starter and flywheel
CategoryExterior Lighting
DateDec 26, 2021
StateMI
Description
Left rear light side-marker assembly is not functional after 3 years in service and less than 29,000 miles. The side marker indicator inside the vehicle flashes rapidly (in quick succession) when the left blinker is applied. This indicated to me that a bulb was out. Initially, all lights were working when inspecting and inside flasher was quickly blinking. After checking multiple times, the left rear blinker finally stopped working altogether. This left rear indicator mark prevents others from knowing which direction I'm turning unless I stick my left arm out the window. The vehicle was taken in to dealership. Dealership said it needed the light assembly replaced at a cost of ~7. We may have this done outside of an oem dealership due to cost.
CategoryElectrical System
DateDec 13, 2021
StateNC
Description
When I put the car in park, turn the vehicle off, with my foot on the brake; the dashboard relentlessly signals to put the vehicle in park. It will not stop this notice until I stop/start the car a few times or repeatedly press the gear shift lever. It happens intermittently, but at least 3-4 times a week. As a woman, the idea of going shopping and coming out to a dead car battery from this problem is always in the front in my mind and some stranger “helping” me, instead mugs me. I am terrified that it will cause an electrical fire under my carport and burn my house down with us inside. I haven't had my premiere long and absolutely love it and I have been a chevy fan for years, but I have always felt chevrolet took care of their customers. Is it going to take a terrible loss for these traverse to be recalled?
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateDec 08, 2021
StateTX
Description
when I put the car in park and turn the vehicle off, the dashboard signals a notice to put the vehicle in park. It will not stop the notice until I stop / start the car a few times.
CategoryElectrical System, Unknown Or Other
DateDec 05, 2021
StateTX
Description
Getting “shift to park” message repeatedly when car is in park. Sometimes can short term fix with go back to drive and then shifting to park again. Worried this will drain battery or cause car to roll out of driveway if it's not reading that it's in park.
CategoryEngine, Power Train
DateNov 29, 2021
StateIL
Description
The contact owns a 2019 chevrolet traverse. The contact stated that while operating the vehicle a strong burning odor was present coming from the air vents inside the cabin of the vehicle. Later it was discovered that oil leaked from the vehicle onto the floor of the garage. The vehicle was towed to the local dealer. The cause of the failure was not yet determined. The manufacturer was not yet contacted. The failure mileage was 19,000.
CategoryAir Bags
DateNov 07, 2021
StateAR
Description
I have had two accidents in this vehicle and reported to gm that my air bags did not deploy each time. The first accident was almost ,000 in damage. The second accident disabled my car on impact and smoke filled my car where the airbags were. We hit a large deer head on going 60mph on the interstate and I had my toddlers with me. Gm said last accident there was no faulty airbags. They assure me my vin is not involved but due to the severity of the accident I believe otherwise
CategoryPower Train:automatic Transmission
DateNov 04, 2021
StateNM
Description
The contact owns a 2019 chevrolet traverse. The contact stated while attempting to park the vehicle and shifting into park, the shift to park warning light was illuminated. The contact stated that she attempted ten times while shifting back from drive to park or restart the vehicle to recognize that the gear shifter was in park. The contact called reliable chevrolet (9901 coors blvd nw, albuquerque, nm 87114: (505) 216-2993) & larry h. Miller casa chevrolet (7201 lomas blvd ne, albuquerque, nm 87110: (505) 633-2215) and the dealers were made aware of the failure. The contact was informed that 5 days were needed to diagnose the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer had not been informed of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 25,000.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateNov 02, 2021
StateFL
Description
When the vehicle is in park and turned off, will receive shift to park errors. Have to turn the car back on and off multiple times and reput the car to park to get the code off. The vehicle will not turn off with shift to park message. This is a huge safety issue
CategoryPower Train
DateOct 21, 2021
StatePA
Description
My 2019 chevrolet traverse lt with ~28,600 miles on it within the past month has been providing me with a 'shift to park' error on the driver information center (dic) when I have already shifted it to park and shut the car off (engine no longer running). The shifter assembly is not recognizing that I in fact do not have it in gear and the car is in park. The error does not go away until I re-start the car, put it in gear, shift back to park, wait a few seconds, and then shut the car off again.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateOct 11, 2021
StateWI
Description
I get a “shift to park” message after I have turned my car off even though it is in park. The warning does not shut off so I have to remain in my car and turn the car on/off and switch it into gear and out of gear in an attempt to get the warning to stop. At times, I have had to leave the parking spot and drive around more then park again to get the warning to stop. My car is three years old. This should not be happening on a three year old car. My car not recognizing what gear it's in certainly isn't safe.
CategoryElectrical System
DateSep 28, 2021
StateLA
Description
The contact owns a 2019 chevrolet traverse. The contact stated that upon placing the vehicle into park, the shift to park warning message would appear on the instrument panel. Due to the failure, the contact had to readjust the gear shifter or restart the vehicle to correct the failure; however, those options do not correct the failure every time. The dealer was notified of the failure and the contact was given an estimate for the repair. The manufacturer was also notified of the failure and informed her that there were no recalls on the vehicle. The vehicle had yet to be repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000.
CategoryElectrical System
DateSep 25, 2021
StateGA
Description
I kept getting a shift to park error. The dealership diagnosed it as a problem with the gear shift wiring harness. It was a few thousand miles passed warranty so I had to pay about 0 out of pocket for it. It's been less than 2 weeks since it was "fixed" and I am now having the same issue.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Power Train
DateSep 20, 2021
StateAZ
Description
Intermittent "action required" alert on the display to "shift to park" after already shifting into park and turning off the car. Sometimes after jiggling the gearshift it will stop. Sometimes have to turn the car back on and shift into reverse and park again. Sometimes have to do this several times. Appears, after research online, this is a known issue under tsb 19-na-206, september 2019. I have scheduled to take to the dealership for inspection. But it also sounds like the recommended repair is only a band-aid that will require a further repair.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Steering
DateSep 15, 2021
StateNY
Description
On thursday 9/9/21, I found my car's alarm going off while parked in a parking lot. I was able to silence the alarm and enter the vehicle and turn it on. As I was driving toward the exit of the parking lot the windshield wipers went on, on their own and I was unable to turn them off. Then I lost control of my steering, several warnings and alerts went off on the dashboard and the car powered off in the middle of the road without any warning. Shortly after was able to turn the car on again and reverse and get it into a spot in the parking lot where again I lost steering, several alerts came on the dashboard and the car powered down again. I had my two young children in the car and we could have been hit, if this occurred on a highway this could have been deadly! I was able to start the car again, drove it around the parking lot safely for a few minutes and then the incident occurred a third time in the exit lane of the parking lot. We called for a tow truck. The car would not turn on again for several hours. When it did turn on it was moved to a safe location where it powered off spontaneously a 4th time. When the car was picked up by the tow truck the following morning the car alarm was going off again and the doors were locking and unlocking spontaneously on their own. Onstar sent a diagnostic report indicating an issue with the engine and transmission system. The vehicle was towed to millenium chevrolet in hempstead. They were not able to check the car until monday 9/13/21. They replaced the battery, but were unable to identify the source of the problem. After the battery was replaced, we were alerted that the horn was not working and the doors were locking and unlocking spontaneously.
CategoryEngine
DateSep 15, 2021
StateNJ
Description
The contact owns a 2019 chevrolet traverse. The contact stated that after slowing down and coming to a stop, the start/stop function activated however, the vehicle failed to restart. The contact had the vehicle towed to the dealer who diagnosed that either the starter or 350 amp fuse had failed and needed to be replaced. The contact was informed that the bearings were also loose and needed to be tightened. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 22,200.
CategoryPower Train
DateSep 07, 2021
StateMI
Description
When car is put into park and I turn off the car with the push button, I get a message of “shift to park”. The car is in park but the car doesn't think it's in park and won't fully shut down. Warning chimes continue. Tapping the shifter control forward to the radio seems to kick it back in and the car shuts down with no more warning chimes. Looked this up online and there are numerous people complaining about this and it happening to them. Sounds like the whole shifter assembly needs replacing. It doesn't matter if I'm close to home or a thousand miles away, what happens when I can't tap the shifter to get it to shut down completely? Safety and mechanical issue that has to be addressed and fixed. Thank you.
CategoryPower Train
DateSep 02, 2021
StateMI
Description
Car began to not shift to park when attempting to park. Dealer said it was a common problem and it is a huge safety issue as if the car is not engaging in park it could be in an unsafe condition on an incline and begin to roll. There maybe other issues I'm not even aware of but I feel gm should recall this defect if it especially a known issue among many vehicles.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateAug 25, 2021
StateCT
Description
After shifting my 2019 chevrolet traverse into park, an “action required” message appears on the dash that says, “shift to park”. But, the car is already in park. Due to this action required message the car will not properly shut off. The only way I am able to shut the car off is by restarting it and shifting into reverse or drive, back to park. Sometimes it takes up to six times of going through this process to get the car to shut off. This issue has been going on for over a month. I arrived at the dealership for a scheduled oil change and the car did the same as I parked in their garage. I had a tech come out to see what was going on. He told me that chevrolet was aware that this was happening in at least 4 models, including my traverse. He immediately knew what the fix was. It was explained to me that there was a bulletin, but not a recall for this issue. The dealership said they could fix it for 0, and because I was 7,000 out of my bumper to bumper I had no choice but to pay the amount. If chevrolet knows this is an issue then they should be covering the cost to repair it. It is bulletin #19-na-206. They installed a sl-n-switch and an n-harness. They also removed transmission range selector and removed and replaced wiring harness on the selector to a newer design, that's supposed to stop the issue.
CategoryElectrical System
DateAug 24, 2021
StateTX
Description
When I shift to park, the system doesn't recognize I'm in park and won't let me turn the car off. I have to jiggle the shift? And sometimes have to put it in a different gear before trying to put it in park again.
CategoryEngine, Lane Departure: Assist, Power Train
DateAug 24, 2021
StateTX
Description
Shift to park! Keeps coming up on my dash, and sometimes nothing works. I get this message every time I park just about.
CategoryStructure:body, Unknown Or Other
DateAug 20, 2021
StateTX
Description
We have major paint chipping and peeling issues, the gear selector will not recognize park at times and we have had the catalytic converter replaced in the 2. 5 years of owning (we are the only owners).
CategoryTires
DateJul 26, 2021
StateNC
Description
My 2019 chevy traverse was purchased new in august of 2018. It has approx 34,500 miles on it as of 7/26/21. Tire size: 255/55 r 20 107h. The vehicle has been in for regular maintenance/service at the original dealership since it was purchased. Around march 2021, I noticed the outside tread on all 4 tires becoming brittle and breaking off. There are small chunks of the tread missing and some type of thread showing where the chunks have come off. I went to my local costco and the associate in the tire department told me that I should not be driving on it because the tires could blow. I wanted a second opinion and went to my local discount tire. The associate told me that what was happening was called "chunking" and it was not common (actually rare to happen) and I should call continental tire. No alarms/warning lamps have gone off due to this issue.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateJul 19, 2021
StateVA
Description
Shift to park alert and gear parking issue. This is a big issue with gm cars/suvs after I searched online. Looks like a manufacturer parts' defects in gear box.
CategoryPower Train
DateJul 11, 2021
StateNY
Description
When placing the car in park, a "shift into park" warning appears on the dashboard even though the vehicle is actually in park. The problem appears to be a shift relay that is not making contact with the metal tab that depresses the sensor telling the computer the vehicle is in fact in park. Not thinking the car is in park can cause a driver to panic the car is going to roll into another car, fixed object or another person. This problem has been confirmed multiple times and there is currently a gm bulletin out on the problem. The fix is to replace the entire shift assembly at the owner's cost - 0. The only warning message received is '"shift into park".
CategoryVisibility/wiper
DateJun 22, 2021
StateCA
Description
Driving on freeway all of a sudden sunroof just shattered
CategoryElectrical System, Forward Collision Avoidance: Warnings, Lane Departure: Blind Spot Detection
DateApr 30, 2021
StateCA
Description
Purchased 3/1/2019 problems since 4/18/2019 electrical system malfunctioning. Remote left in vehicle warning when no key in vehicle, rear view mirror overheating (over 110*) cellphone charging port overheating, blind spot detection malfunctioning, forward collision detection malfunctioning, navigation and iphone audio connections malfunctioning. Mirror was replaced once. Rear camera was replaced twice. This was after a gm service person was sent down to rotolo to look into it. Since then nothing has been repaired. Service reps keep saying they can't get it to duplicate the problems. We have video and photos of issues. Matt wolf was the gm investigator. He never returns calls/emails. Yesterday after several phone calls to different gm departments, I was informed he no longer works with the company. The last thing I was told was to wait for a call to bring the vehicle into rotolo so another gm service person would be sent. That was over 2 months ago. Since no one has called I scheduled another service for sat. Vehicle cannot be driven and has to sit parked. It is unsafe to drive. Problems ongoing since 4/2019.
CategoryEngine, Power Train
DateApr 08, 2021
StateNJ
Description
My6 vehicle is taking 6 or 7 times to shut off when in park. It keeps saying "put vehicle in park" and it also says advisory problem. I called cioica chevrolet in princeton nj on april 5, 2021, and they said I have to wait for an appointment because they are all booked up and it will be a very long wait, I ask if o could drop it off and get a loaner car and they said no, I am hoping this dont get worse and then I willbe very mad, they also told me they about 9 traverse in with the same proble. Please get the to take the in and give me a loaner
CategoryElectrical System
DateMar 14, 2021
StateOH
Description
When turning off the traverse, a "shift to park" message is being displayed despite the vehicle being in park which does not allow the internal electronics (such as the radio) to turn off when exiting the vehicle. Sometimes shifting out of and back into park or hitting the buttons on the shifter fix the problem. Research shows there are at least 2 gm service bulletins which cover a number of their different vehicles. Service is scheduled with the dealer to fix, but mileage puts it just out of warranty, so we'll see how much they charge for this manufacturing/design defect.
CategorySeat Belts
DateMar 13, 2021
StatePA
Description
I took my son to my work when we arrived I told my sons to take their seatbelts off. My son started screaming it's tightening it's tightening. With him being in a booster it pinned him he tried to wiggle out and got even more stuck I turned the car off to tried to remove and was unsuccessful it unhooked from the buckle but he was still strapped to the car. He started bleeding from his nose and mouth and said his shoulder hurts. I had another co worker try to help me out and we were unable to until I had to cut the seatbelt
CategoryWheels
DateMar 11, 2021
StateSC
Description
The tire tread is coming off in chunks from the inside tread of the tire. Car was bought new from chevrolet and these are the original tires. Tire is a continental eco plus+ dot a3hh wc4f 0619
CategoryElectrical System, Unknown Or Other
DateFeb 22, 2021
StateMO
Description
Shift to park issue- car will not shift even though it's in park.
CategoryEngine
DateFeb 08, 2021
StateMO
Description
Engine warning light came on along with traction control needs serviced. This happened when I started the traverse and remained on. When I had a diagnostic test done the code read a code of 300. Dealer stated that code is for cylinder misfire not sure how many. Researched and found service update n192281810 that reads misfire due to carbon tracking released date of march 2019. It is the dealers responsibility to fix this during the service portion of the new vehicle limited warranty period. My vehicle is now past that and is misfiring and reading out this code. This should be a recall on all vehicles regardless of miles due to faulty coils, coil pack or spark plugs. In the above mentioned service update it states that this is an issue with several vehicles manufactured by gm. Ats, cts, camaro and traverse. When doing further research there is not a way to find out if dealer did the service when gm sent out the service update. I looked back at all my records for services that the dealer done since I purchased the vehicle and see no indication that this service was performed.
CategoryElectrical System
DateFeb 07, 2021
StateCA
Description
Shift to park message appears after putting the vehicle in park and trying to turn the engine off. Vehicle is clearly in park, but vehicle does not seem to recognize it is in park. Happens intermittenly. To be able to turn off the car, I will need to put the car in drive and then back to park. Sometimes it fixes on the first time, other times I need to do it multiple times.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Unknown Or Other
DateFeb 02, 2021
StateCA
Description
My vehicle is at 30,738 miles and recently I began smelling what I thought to be exhaust fumes inside the cabin of the vehicle. I also smelled it after the car was parked outside the vehicle, near the the hood of the car near the engine. I took it to the nearest repair shop and they said that the brazing/welding point on the fuel rail was faulty and the fuel injector had broken off and was spraying fuel all underneath the car. It was "two or three turns away from a catastrophic event". The car was had fuel sprayed all near the intake manifold and was getting dangerously close to the exhaust manifold. It was only a matter of time (minutes/hours) before the vehicle caught fire or exploded with the amount of loose fuel present and I have small children in car seats I would never have been able to get out of the car in time. I had the vehicle towed to a chevy dealership and they replaced the fuel rail and several other parts. And returned the vehicle to me. There were still fuel vapors coming into the cabin of the vehicle and near the hood of the engine. I took it back and the dealership said all of the insulation around/ in the engine was saturated in fuel still. So they washed the insulation and put it back in the vehicle. It still smells like fuel vapors in and around the vehicle.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Service Brakes
DateJan 22, 2021
StateIL
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2019 chevrolet traverse. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle would independently and intermittently brake as the abs, power steering, traction control, and parking brake warning lights would illuminate on the instrument panel. The contact had taken the vehicle to dick wickstrom chevrolet (555 e irving park rd, roselle, il 60172) where the vehicle remained for over a month. The dealer had yet to duplicate the failure and had offered to return the vehicle to the contact unrepaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and informed the contact that a diagnostic team would be sent to the dealer to have the vehicle inspected. The contact was then informed that the diagnostic team was also unable to diagnose or duplicate the failure. The vehicle had yet to be repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 11,000.
CategoryEngine, Power Train
DateJan 13, 2021
StateCT
Description
2019 traverse was traveling down road about one mile from starting location car shut off and all dashboard lights came on than noticed smoke from the engine compartment., flames shorty after. Fd was called and arrived and put out fire. A fluid trail was noticed behind car leading to our house (1 mile away). No issues with the car up to this point. Car was towed and insurance called, notified gm the next day after seeing a recall on leaking transmission (this vin is not on that list). Gm basically said that once we called the insurance company there is nothing they can do for us. Insurance company (allstate) said they will look into this. Car was a lease and we have no recourse. It seems fishy to me that some models have a recall and this appears to be some kind kind of leak from that area. If gm doesn't care how will they know if this recall needs to involve other models and vin's of this car. I understand that we leased the car so we lose and can't recoup anything nor will they work with us to lower the cost of a replacement. What if my young children were in the car or my mother in law who has a tough time getting in and out of the car, someone could of been injuried or worst. Someone needs to caer about this. This happened in norwalk ct on east rocks rd 06851. Sunny clear day car was moving forward when it lost power. No recent work on car, no accidente norwalk ct fire incident report 21-001007
CategorySeat Belts
DateDec 29, 2020
StateMD
Description
The middle seat seatbelt got caught in the recline lever which caused the seatbelt to lock and there is know way of releasing it, making the seatbelt unusable.
CategoryPower Train
DateDec 21, 2020
StateCO
Description
When I put the stick shift in park, it signals the vehicle is not in park. The dealership said this is a common problem with the traverse. They put in a bra to help it stay in park, the bra failed and they adjusted it again. I can start and stop the car but can't turn the car off. This happens in any environment, on a hill, flat land in/out of garage. Is tis dangerous to drive
CategoryElectrical System, Lane Departure: Blind Spot Detection
DateDec 19, 2020
StateAZ
Description
Turned on the car and a side detection system warning appeared on the dash warning me that the system was not working. Turned off the car and restarted it. Same warning. Blind spot system not working at all currently.
CategoryEngine
DateDec 14, 2020
StatePA
Description
Check engine light came on. Diagnostics stated catalytic converter was the issue and needed to be replaced.. Vehicle with less than 15k miles and owned for about 14 months.
CategoryPower Train
DateDec 01, 2020
StateNY
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2019 chevrolet traverse. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled while waiting at a stop light. The contact stated that while depressing the accelerator pedal, the vehicle hesitated and failed to respond in a timely manner. The vehicle was taken to sawyer chevrolet (351 w bridge st, catskill, ny 12414) to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The contact stated that the dealer drained the transmission and found issues with the gears. The vehicle was not repaired due to the cost. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 64,000. The vin was not available.
CategoryElectrical System
DateNov 16, 2020
StateFL
Description
When placing vehicle in park - system error reports vehicle is not in park and will not allow car to be properly turned off. Took vehicle into chevrolet dealership with expensive part replaced and error has come up again not allowing owner to turn off vehicle due to error of vehicle not in park when gear shifter is in park. Corrected and then error returned within 4wks. Googled with known error occurring however no recall and concern for safety that vehicle will not properly turn off and does not recognize parked position of gear shifter.
CategoryElectrical System
DateNov 08, 2020
StateVA
Description
When placing vehicle in park - system error reports vehicle is not in park and will not allow car to be properly turned off. Took vehicle into chevrolet dealership with expensive part replaced and error has come up again not allowing owner to turn off vehicle due to error of vehicle not in park when gear shifter is in park. First corrected 10/15. Error came back 11/7. Googled with known error occurring however no recall and concern for safety that vehicle will not properly turn off and does not recognize parked position of gear shifter.
CategoryEngine, Power Train, Vehicle Speed Control
DateNov 04, 2020
StateNC
Description
While driving my 2019 traverse, when I aggressive breaking and doing a u-turn I cannot accelerate afterwards, when I push the gas pedal down to the floor it doesn't accelerate. I've been almost hit multiple times because vehicle will not accelerate after doing a u-turn. I have multiple vehicles and I keep forgetting about this dangerous defect when I'm driving it. Has happened since they own the car about eight times.
CategoryPower Train
DateSep 28, 2020
StateMI
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2019 chevrolet traverse. The contact stated that while stopped at a traffic light, the accelerator pedal was depressed however, the vehicle was slow to respond. The contact became aware that the accelerator pedal was detached from the floorboard. The contact slowly drove into a service station and had the vehicle towed to her residence. The contact called shaheen chevrolet (632 american rd, lansing, mi 48911, (517) 394-0330) and informed the dealer of the failure. The contact was advised to schedule an appointment to have the vehicle diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 61,000.
CategoryPower Train
DateSep 28, 2020
StateCT
Description
Transmission shudders when accelerating between 20-35 mph. Feels like transmission doesn't know what gear to be in.
CategorySteering, Suspension
DateSep 22, 2020
StateAR
Description
Was driving on my way to work and when I turned into the parking lot of the school I heard a loud pop and it sounded like I had ran over a stick, however, when I got out and looked there was nothing under my car or in the parking lot around my car even. I took it to my local dealer and they found that the sway bar had broken in half. This is going to be a text="Who are we? We are Lemberg Law, a Consumer Law Firm" smalltext="Lemberg Law is a consumer law firm helping victims of bad manufacturing and run-arounds from auto companies. We are ranked A+ by the BBB. Call our Helpline today!  There is no charge unless we win." img="balance" color="green",000+ repair for a solid piece of metal that shouldn't snap into like a twig. This is very unsafe and could have been extremely dangerous if I had been driving anywhere else except for the school where I was going slow.
CategoryElectrical System
DateSep 21, 2020
StateOH
Description
When I shift the car into park and turn off the car a warning message appears that tells me the car is not in park and there is a ringing bell sound that won't stop. I have to turn the car on again and then off shifting thru the gears (sometimes multiple times) to get the message and bell to stop.
CategoryElectrical System
DateSep 03, 2020
StateTX
Description
Vehicle shift to park. When putting my vehicle in park the vehicle will not shut off and displays on the dash "shift to park"
CategoryAir Bags
DateAug 31, 2020
StateAR
Description
I recently had a crash in my 2019 chevrolet traverse. The impact hit my driver door and front end of my car. The vehicle that hit my car was traveling between 45 and 50 miles an hour. Every airbag in their vehicle deployed however even with the significant impact none of my airbags deployed. I've spoken with mini repairman at more than two chevrolet dealerships who stated the airbags should have deployed.
CategoryEngine, Power Train
DateAug 17, 2020
StateMD
Description
I was slowing down to make a turn and as I turned the steering wheel the vehicle get like it either locked up or went into neutral. I had no control over acceleration.
CategoryPower Train
DateAug 17, 2020
StateMD
Description
I was parked at a store doing grocery pick up. The car was running, and when the clerk finished loading my trunk, I closed the trunk door, and the car would not shift into reverse for me to leave the parking spot. I ended up having to turn the car off and on again for it to work.
CategoryStructure:body, Unknown Or Other
DateAug 17, 2020
StateMD
Description
Clio that holds the second seat sunroof shade closed broke off.
CategorySeat Belts, Seats
DateFeb 21, 2020
StateVA
Description
Seats on 2nd row seat belt get stuck around the recline lever. Car design does not allow to unlock the seatbelt.
CategoryElectrical System
DateJan 30, 2020
StateCA
Description
Tl* the contact called on behalf of his wife who owns a 2019 chevrolet traverse. The contact stated that the third interior roof light remained on draining the battery. The vehicle was taken to (win chevrolet, 2201 223rd st, carson, ca 90810), on three separate occasions to be repaired however, the failure persisted. The contact stated that the battery was replaced and the light was rewired however, the repairs failed to fix the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 27,326.
CategoryExterior Lighting
DateJan 08, 2020
StateCA
Description
The automatic headlight system overrides manual mode. It will automatically turn on the high beams while driving in dark conditions but does not dim the lights in a timely manner when other traffic is present. This has the potential to blind oncoming traffic or annoy leading vehicles.
CategoryElectrical System, Structure:body, Unknown Or Other
DateJan 07, 2020
StateMI
Description
My vehicle was off, parked and locked. My car was on a somewhat flat surface and rolled into a tree. The same day I was able to drive my car approximately 3 miles from my home, park for approximately 4 hours and return home without keys. I have a police report and photos of the damage of my vehicle.
CategoryPower Train
DateDec 09, 2019
StateGA
Description
Cruising at freeway speed, press down on the gas pettal and trans up shifts and goes to a lower gear and jerks so hard it fills like you have hit from the rear. It did this 5 times.
CategoryEngine
DateDec 05, 2019
StateMA
Description
Vehicle felt like it slipped into neutral while driving. Could not accelerate. Strong chemical odor.
CategoryStructure:body
DateDec 04, 2019
StateFL
Description
Sunroof developed a massive leak. The vehicle did not leak while sitting only while in motion. The leak was at the forward part of the sunroof. The leak soak the headliner, overhead console controls and ran into the center stack of instruments. Diagnosed by sandy sansing chevrolet, pensacola, fl to be a bent sunroof frame. Have been in their repair facility since oct 2019 with no parts available or repair in sight. Contacted gm and was not given a remedy.
CategoryFuel/propulsion System, Service Brakes, Suspension
DateNov 12, 2019
StateCA
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2019 chevrolet traverse. The contact stated that the control arm failed and was replaced at felix chevrolet (3330 s figueroa st, los angeles, ca 9000, (213) 290-1925). Also, while driving, the vehicle made an abnormal loud noise coming from the front driver's side. When fueling the vehicle, the tank would not fill up. In addition, while the vehicle was in reverse, the brake pedal became difficult to depress. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the same dealer three times, but was not diagnosed. The failures recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was approximately 12,000. The vin was unknown.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Service Brakes
DateOct 30, 2019
StateWI
Description
When stopping the vehicle, the auto-stop kicks in, which sometimes works well. Other times it kills the whole car, shutting it down completely. The infotainment center goes black like the car was shut off using the start/stop button. So then it takes a bit to get it running again to go. This has happened to us 6 times now within the last 2 weeks. In high traffic areas this can be a safety concern. Also when it shuts down completely the brake pedal goes soft and drops down to the floor. All this seems to happen when it is supposed to automatically start back up after being stopped for a short period of time.
CategoryAir Bags
DateOct 03, 2019
StateWA
Description
Tl* the contact owned a 2019 chevrolet traverse. When the contact's vehicle was turning left into a driveway, it was rear ended by another vehicle traveling 50 mph. The contact's vehicle was pushed into a ditch. The driver's air bag failed to deploy, causing the contact's head to strike the steering wheel. The contact suffered neck and back injuries that required medical attention. Police report number: e961540 was filed. The manufacturer and dealer were not contacted. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The vehicle was towed and deemed destroyed. The failure mileage was 4,193.
CategoryService Brakes
DateSep 30, 2019
StateMI
Description
We purchased this vehicle in june of 2019, and have had it at the dealership 4 times for an issue with the brakes. To this date they have not figured out what is causing it, but it causes the brake system to lose power making it difficult to brake. We were told by the dealer just to keep driving it until they figure out what is going on.
CategorySteering
DateSep 09, 2019
StateCA
Description
When turning the steering wheel, there is a low whining sound. The dealer says this is "normal". The steering column should not make any noise. Noises coming from a steering column usually indicate trouble.
CategoryStructure:body
DateSep 09, 2019
StateCA
Description
The edge of the secondary hood latch hand release lever is very sharp. I cut my finger trying to find the leaver to open the hood. This part should have smooth edges to prevent injury.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateSep 09, 2019
StateCA
Description
While trying to press the accelerator pedal all the way to the floor, it hangs up mid-travel. Applying additional pressure causes the pedal to travel all the way to the floor. The dealer says this is "normal". Accelerator pedal travel should be smooth and linear; anything else is unacceptable. Just ask toyota.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Unknown Or Other
DateAug 20, 2019
StateTX
Description
On june 20, 2019, I bought a 2019 chevy traverse with the understanding that the vehicle was in good condition with no defects. On july the 18 we took vehicle to the service department, due to there was a very strong odor when inside the car. It was causing bloody noses and breathing issues for my family. The smell was so strong that it could be tasted. The dealership took about 15 to 20 minutes to diagnose car as nothing wrong with it. We took it home. On august 1, 2019, the vehicle starts going crazy with electrical issues. While my wife is driving with my kids the horn, lights, and emergency lights start turning on and off and there was a loud ugly sound from the engine. The car had to be parked to and I had to go drive car home due the unsafe conditions of vehicle. As I looked under the hood, I could smell a burning smell and smoke coming from the engine. So we took vehicle back to dealership. After being on the shop for about a week , we got our car back and according to dealership it was fixed, along with the smell they told us it was a rare situation but that we had mold and mildew coming out of the ac unit which was causing the odor and hence bloody nose and breathing issues. They also found that the battery was throwing sparks and was burning electrical wires in the engine. At this point we just wanted our car back. The following day my wife and kids were put in a dangerous situation due to defective car, while driving the traverse it turned off on them while on the highway. My wife and kids are traumatized and scared while being put in these dangerous situations. Unfortunately, your vehicle has not performed well and is not safe even after it was made clear to us that it was safe and fixed.
CategoryElectrical System, Steering
DateJul 25, 2019
StateNY
Description
On july 11, 2019, while operating this vehicle, an error message appeared on the dashboard which stated, 'power steering malfunction.' at the time of this error message, power steering had failed and maneuvering of the vehicle became difficult. During this incident, the vehicle was in motion on a highway. Vehicle was brought to a chevy dealer and the rack and pinion was replaced due to an electrical issue.
CategoryEngine, Unknown Or Other
DateJul 22, 2019
StateMD
Description
I was driving vehicle and stopped at light. The car completely cut off. I had to put in park to restart the car. Thats when the engine light came on. Received an advanced diagnosis that stated issue with engine/tranmission service within one day. Took car in 7/16 at 7:30 and got back that day stating that car transmission communication dropped. The very next day 7/17 am, same thing happened. Took the car that afternoon back to dealer and it had been there since. They state they are waiting talk to gmc. Nothing yet.
CategoryStructure:body
DateJul 06, 2019
StateCA
Description
All 4 doors have become miss aligned 2 weeks after purchasing, traverse is a new car not preowned. There's a rubbing noise that comes from all doors while driving especially when car turns left or right at an angle. As days pass the rubbing noise from the doors has increased and can be heard while making a stop and when driving straight.
CategoryService Brakes
DateJun 30, 2019
StateMN
Description
There are continuous defects and concern for safety regarding my 2019 chevy traverse. I purchased a new 2019 traverse redline on march 22, 2019 and the problems began within two weeks and less than 400 miles on the vehicle. I was driving my new vehicle on a residential road and began to slowly press the brake while approaching a stop sign when the 'service brake assist' alert appeared, the brakes made a grinding and clicking noise while shaking and felt like the brake pedal needed to be pushed all the way to the floor to stop. I brought the car in and the service department replaced a vacuum booster sensor which they said was faulty. Then two months later, with only 1800 miles on the vehicle, the same issue occurred again where the 'service brake assist' alert appeared, the brakes made the same noises and shaking. I immediately called the dealership to bring it in for service. During this second occurrence, the service department suggested it must have been a 'bad batch' of parts and offered to replace the sensor again. I returned to the dealership to pick up my vehicle and during the less than two mile drive home, the same issue occurred for the third time. I immediately returned to the dealership again and the service department said they didn't know what was causing the problem. After replacing the same part for a third time, the same issue occurred again. Ultimately, the service technicians & engineer are unable to identify the root cause of the issue and merely suggested replacing the same part for the fourth time. While the service manager has offered to continually replace the same parts, they also are unable to identify the root cause and stated I need to continue driving the vehicle until it happens again and perhaps there will be a new part updated in the future.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateJun 19, 2019
StateNC
Description
My vehicle has the fuel economy shutdown system and it's not working. It used to shot down while on a stop and then restart whenever the breaks were not engaged now it's not doing anything. The auto stop doesn't work it's stays on a high idle at all times
CategoryEngine
DateMar 25, 2019
StateNC
Description
When braking to do a u-turn and not stopping the engine shuts off and doesn't come back on right away. And it almost caused me to get into an accident from a car from the other direction. We had this car for 3 months and it's happened about five times now.
CategoryVisibility:sun/moon Roof Assembly
DateMar 12, 2019
StateNY
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2019 chevrolet traverse. While driving, the contact heard a loud banging noise. The contact noticed that the sun roof exploded without impact. There were no injuries. The vehicle was taken to east hills chevrolet of freeport (located at 42 east sunrise highway, freeport, ny 11520, (888) 739-7889), but was not diagnosed or repaired. The dealer stated that there were no visible defects to the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided case number: 9-5109447539. The approximate failure mileage was 10,000.

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8 COMMENTS
  • Cheryl G

    I have a 2019 Traverse and have had several issues. I am a home health therapist so most of my driving is on the hwy with limited in town, just a reason for my mileage. About a year after getting my car, when I had the air conditioner on, it would be driving then all of the sudden die and I would have to pull over and it would start and I wouldn’t have any more problems. Well last year, it started having a shudder. Definitely not the transmission because its not when it is changing gears but more when I am accelerating and then it would level off. It actually got better once we had the manifold replace but that is even another issue that I am going to talk about. But today it finally died on me. I was driving from one patient to another when the car acted like it was going to die and the door locks unlocked and then locked. Did that a couple of times before it died. I was at least able to pull to the side of the road so I was stuck on a busy road. While it was dying, the low fuel light came on and it has a full tank of gas. We ended up having to tow it home because it wont start.
    Now there is a recall on the manifold but my car does not qualify because of the mileage. It has a manufactured defect on the manifold because it didn’t fit correctly and it rubs a hole in it. Well I guess I drove it like that long enough that the manifold actually broke and we had to have it repaired costing over $2000 to repair it, because Chevrolet redid the manifold and it went to over $800 for the manifold itself.

  • Liz S

    I purchased a used 2019 Traverse and recently EVERY idiot light comes on if the temperature drops below 50 degrees. This morning it would not start at all and indicated that my hood was opened. It was not.

  • Kathy j

    Have a problem when I shut off the car I get a warming to shift to park even though the car is in park I have to jiggle the steering wheel while shifting the gear stick back and fourth it drives me crazy.

  • Pat D

    My wife had an issue today. At a light the engine stopped as usual, but then wouldnt start again. She did eventually get it to start, but said battery low, then charging system info came on and then most of the lights came on. After getting it home, I started it and all issues went away. Now I don’t trust it. Anyone ever have this issue?

  • Stevie

    I bought my 2019 traverse Lt brand new July 2019.From the beginning it shifted weird/hard, Within a year I had to replace the alternator and battery, the sound on the back up camera stopped working, replaced tires and brakes multiple times. My rear hatch only opens some times. Recently my radio/navigation/touch screen completely quit working and there no sounds from speakers, turning signals, safety reminder dings. Tuesday while driving it kept kicking my vehicle out of awd when I’d step on the gas the tires didn’t spin engine didn’t rev. I waited a few minutes turned the knob back to 2wd and was able to continue down the road, while driving the rear wheels locked and sent me sideways down an icy road. Luckily I maintained control. I kept the car in 2wd and issue seemed to stop. Later in the day while driving car completely died and wouldn’t restart or jump. Vehicle was leaking oil at a heavy rate out of nowhere. And the smell of gas was strong. I’ve had nothing but issues with the vehicle since buying it. Although I have put many miles on the traverse I’ve always been on time with oil changes/maintenance and it didn’t matter. If I could give negative stars I would.

  • D. M

    I purchased my 2019 Chevy Traverse new and at 50K miles I’ve already had to have $2800 of major repairs done. I had to repair my Front Exhaust Pipe and Muffler that was not covered by my powertrain warranty that cost $1600 to repair and my bank 1 catalytic converter was cracked and had an exhaust leak that would have cost $1200 to repair. Fortunately, the catalytic converter was covered under my powertrain warranty.

  • James

    Niece bought a used 2019 traverse a couple months ago. The brakes started squeaking so she brought it to me to check out. I found the driver’s side rear brake caliper was not working. The piston is seized up in the cylinder. Won’t go back into the cylinder using a compressor tool, even with the bleeder valve cracked open. Anyone else having the same problem? The pads look almost new also. I’m wondering if this could be a manufacturing defect?

  • Robert

    I purchased a 2019 Traverse High Country new. We like the vehicle and have taken long trips without any issues. A few months ago my wife noticed my front camera was not sounding an alarm or showed distance to object lines as it did when new when parking the vehicle. Took the vehicle into the dealership where purchased and the maintenance supervisor said my car never had this set up for the camera. Either I have been hallucinating or we have a problem. I hoping this is the only problem we will have.

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