Engine, electrical system, and structural issues are among the top complaints to the NHTSA from vehicle owners
The 2022 Chevy Tahoe is a full-size SUV designed to carry the largest families. The automaker claims that it is “impossible to ignore.” However, what can’t be ignored are the problems some owners experience. This large SUV seems to have a defective electrical system, engine issues, and problems that relate to its structure.
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Most Common Problems
Consumer complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) relate to at least 10 components and systems, with some listed in more than one category.
The components most frequently named are the structure, engine and powertrain, and electrical system. There is also a complaint about brake failure. Fortunately, there wasn’t an accident, but the Tahoe wasn’t drivable after the brake system failed.
The category in which the remaining complaints are filed doesn’t always indicate the problem.
For instance, a complaint filed as an airbag problem relates to a sensor issue, which is electrical. Backover prevention and forward collision avoidance problems focus on safety features not incorporated in a particular model. A fuel system/gasoline complaint is a structural issue involving the faulty installation of a fuel tank strap hanger.
A seat belt complaint filed in mid-October, 2022, follows a recall of 484,155 Chevrolet, Cadillac, and GMC vehicles in August 2022 that may have a deformed rivet that won’t properly restrain a person if there is a crash. This, of course, increases the risk of injury. The complaint is that after two months the part to do the recall repair is still not available.
Let’s take a closer look.
2022 Chevy Tahoe Complaint Summary
|Number of Complaints
|Unknown Or Other
|Forward Collision Avoidance: Warnings
|Back Over Prevention: Rearview System Braking
Powertrain and Engine Malfunctions
There are 4 NHTSA complaints that relate to the powertrain and/or engine. The issues are loss of power or stalling.
A ticking noise that sounded like rocks in the fender well alerted an owner from Alabama that something was wrong. It got louder and then the Tahoe “started to lose power, like it was taking longer to shift. My safety and others were at risk because continuing to drive with lifter issues could’ve caused engine failure, which could’ve caused an accident. The problem was confirmed at a dealership.”
An owner from Georgia was driving down the interstate when the engine shut off. There wasn’t a problem with the electrics and the gas tank was half full. “I selected neutral and proceeded to start the engine. It started with no issues and was able to be put back in gear.”
A week after buying a 2022 Tahoe, a South Carolina owner found the engine stalled when putting the vehicle into neutral gear. “The dashboard will then instruct me to press the power button, and when I do, the vehicle restarts and will be in Park. It has happened once while driving on the interstate and twice while making turns into oncoming traffic. When I go to accelerate there will be no acceleration, the vehicle will just be in neutral with no warning.”
The start button is an issue for an owner in Massachusetts whose new Tahoe had little more than 10 miles on the clock when the issue of no power at startup first emerged.
Then, with 22 miles on the clock, the start button stuck when pressed, but there was no power and the engine was off. “I could not get the start button to turn off.” After towing the new SUV to the dealership, they updated the software and made sure the battery had a full charge. But after being driven home and parked in the driveway for a few days, the issue recurred. No power.
At 44 miles, it happened again. The dealer found the battery was draining for no apparent reason and replaced it. After 200 miles “the car seems ok.”
“I am reporting this because what if I had lost power while driving on the highway? Plus I have heard of several 2002 Tahoe owners that this is occurring.”
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Problems with the Electrical System
With a family-centered vehicle, it’s imperative to have all of the technologies working well.
There are 3 complaints about the electrical system on file with the NHTSA. Here are 2 of them.
Blank Instrument Cluster Issue
An owner from Massachusetts complains that 6 months after taking possession of a 2022 Chevy Tahoe Z71, the instrument cluster was blank. “There was no warning or indication this was about to occur. I only needed to go a short distance, so I went to my destination and turned the vehicle off. When I returned to the vehicle (approx 15 minutes later) and started the vehicle the instrument cluster was working again. This occurred another 4 or 5 times over the following 4+/- weeks.”
According to the dealer, there were no codes that identified the issue. However, “Chevy had a bulletin (“22-na-130”), which I believe was a software update to address various things, including a blank screen, and the vehicle was ‘reprogrammed’. Now a week after this service appointment, the same issue (has) occurred again.”
The owner’s primary concern is that a blank instrument cluster cannot show the vehicle speed or any other performance metrics. “I believe this is a serious safety issue. While I have driven the vehicle in this condition, it is only because I was going short distances on local roads where one cannot travel over 25 or 30 MPH. If I was going to be driving on a highway, the vehicle would be unusable. Please investigate this issue, as Chevy’s bulletin 22-na-130 and the associated software update has clearly not addressed the issue, and caused Chevy to develop a fix for the issue and recall all impacted vehicles for updating.”
Airbag Sensor Faulty
Logged as a problem in the Electrical System, Airbags, and Unknown or Other categories, an owner from Maryland says the Tahoe isn’t safe. This follows numerous messages from the computer system and app warning that something is wrong. They include messages saying that the “Service Safety Restraint System” needs servicing.
After airbag sensor issues in January 2022, the vehicle was back with the dealer. “I was told they couldn’t fix it and GM knows it’s an issue and may do a recall.” This means “I am riding with my son and grandkids in an unsafe vehicle.”
“They are not fixing these issues and could cost me or my family’s life.”
Infotainment System Doesn’t Work
One Edmunds review states: “I picked up a brand new 2022 Tahoe Premier on Monday. On Tuesday I had to take it back for service. The infotainment system does not work! This apparently is a known issue, but as of today there is no fix.”
However, a non-functional infotainment system, blank instrument cluster, and faulty airbag sensors are not the only electrical problems with 2022 Tahoes. Service Bulletin #PIT5869 also says that the air conditioning system can blow warm air because the wiring in the front floor console is defective.
There are 2 complaints filed under Structure. Both relate to the roof leaks that are detailed in a dedicated Tahoe Roof leak article. They describe “sloshing water” in the headliner and water that floods into the cab of the Tahoe.
There is another complaint related to a structural or installation fault that is filed in the category of Fuel System/Gasoline.
The fuel system is responsible for moving the gasoline to the engine for power. When it doesn’t work correctly, danger follows, even when it’s related to the structure of the vehicle.
That’s the case with the problems outlined in an NHTSA complaint listed under Fuel System/Gasoline. The Georgia owner of a 2022 Tahoe with only about 353 miles on the clock had to have new fuel tank straps installed after finding that the original straps hadn’t been installed correctly.
Just a few days after purchasing a 2022 Tahoe, she was alerted to the fact that there was something hanging down from underneath the vehicle. She looked under the SUV and saw that “the fuel tank strap hanger was not installed properly and was hanging down underneath the vehicle.” A local dealer confirmed this and a mechanic installed new fuel tank straps.
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