2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Powertrain & engine issues are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

Among the top trucks on the road, the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 continues to be hailed as one of the best from the automaker. Chevy claims it provides “a legendary engine for epic journeys.” However, current drivers have found massive fault with the air bags and powertrain that need to be looked at.

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Problems with the Airbags

The air bags are meant to provide the first line of defense during an accident. When they don’t work, occupants are put at risk.

Here’s one example from an NHTSA complaint. “The contact owns a 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that while her husband was driving at 60 MPH and coughing, he got distracted and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle veered off the road and crashed into several trees. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact’s husband did not recall whether a warning light illuminated. The contact also stated that the following distance indicator feature of the vehicle that would cause the vehicle to decelerate when approaching an object failed to respond while the vehicle was veering towards the trees. The contact’s husband was transported out of the vehicle to the hospital with the assistance of emergency units. The contact’s husband sustained chips to his spine, C7+1 chips on his neck, a laceration on his forehead, bruises on the upper body, and a left broken rib. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a tow lot, then it was towed to the dealer. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 1100.”

For now, Chevy hasn’t released any valuable information about air bag defects. That doesn’t mean that the company is quiet. In fact, there are countless service bulletins showing how defective the new pickup actually is. Shortly after its release, the truck already had more than 15 electrical system communications, as well as seven about the engine. Does that sound like a vehicle that should be called “legendary?” It’s possible that it could be legendary in terms of being a dud.

Problems with the Powertrain

There are also serious issues occurring with the powertrain. Without a functioning powertrain, it’s hard to get any type of job done.

Here’s one NHTSA review worth reading. “On the first drive every day, the transmission keeps slipping between 1st and 2nd gear and you have no power trying to accelerate until you find a gear. Took it to dealership and they couldn’t find anything wrong. They said Chevrolet has a bulletin on this issue already. Not okay.”

It wasn’t that long ago that Chevy faced class-action lawsuits about excessive vibration and shaking. This could very well be connected to the powertrain and might also happen on the newer models, so it’s something to watch out for. In fact, there’s a name for this condition, known as “Chevy Shake.” For customers looking to avoid shaking while driving, it might be time to jump ship and operate a new brand. There are plenty to choose from.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Ismet k

    I purchased new 2022 Silverado 2,7 l
    And have issue with 1&2 gear took to dealer and was informed that they can’t do anything for me
    Contacted Chevy manufacturer was told same thing
    Looking for advice

  • calvin s

    i was the person in the artical talked to supervisor at gm, i was told the airbags were in compliance .do not beleve 60mph into a tree is in compliance .i need help still have problems from accedent.

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