2022 GMC Yukon Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Air bag and structural issues are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

The 2022 GMC Yukon might be the luxury-focused version of the Chevy Tahoe, but the automaker claims it was “was made to stand out.” However, it’s truly the defects that force it to sit away from the masses. Current customers are complaining about malfunctioning air bags to a shoddy structure.

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Problems with the Air Bags

Air bags are one of the most essential parts of the working SUV system. Without working air bags, occupants are at risk, which is precisely what’s happening with the 2022 GMC Yukon.

Here’s one important NHTSA complaint. “Purchased the vehicle brand new on 12/3/21. On 12/21/21 vehicle started to display ‘Service Safety Restraint System’ and Airbag light was on. Also, all controls on the overhead console (sunroof, sunroof shade, MAP lights, rear access control, auto folding seat control) were no longer working. The passenger airbag light on the overhead console that notifies if the airbag is on or off was also no longer lighting up. The interior overhead lights in all 3 rows of the vehicle are not working and the fold down mirror lights are not working. I contacted my local dealership and they said the overhead console had failed and was the cause of the issues. They stated they had ordered the part and that I could come pickup my vehicle.”

The complaint goes on to say: “They did state the part was backordered and it could be weeks before the part arrived. I asked if the vehicle was safe to drive as the airbag light was on, the passenger airbag light was no longer lit up, and the ‘Service Safety Restraint System’ error continued to display. They stated they could not guarantee that the airbag system was functioning properly, but I could still come get the vehicle. I asked if they had a loaner vehicle they could provide me with as I was concerned about the airbag system not functioning properly and they stated they did not have any loaner vehicles. I have contacted the dealership several times to see if there are any updates on the part and they have told me the part is still backordered and have no ETA of when the part may be in. So, I have been driving around in a vehicle for almost two months that has non-functioning airbags. This is a significant safety hazard.”

GMC hasn’t hidden issues with the air bags. Service Bulletin #PIT5867 talks about how the K36 Restraints Control Module (SDM) suffers from an internal electronic failure. Considering this is supposed to be better than the Tahoe, the electronics should have been checked better before rolling off of the assembly line. Otherwise, it would make more sense for consumers to save money and drive the Chevy SUV instead.

Problems with the Vehicle Structure

For the extra money, GM better provide an SUV that’s put together right, but the company couldn’t do that either.

A customer used the Tahoe Yukon Forum to write this review. “The dealer finally received my 2022 GMC Yukon yesterday, and I was able to pick it up last night. The lighting was pretty bad at the dealership so I did not get a chance to fully examine the exterior for problems (lesson learned). This morning, my wife and I noticed several areas where there was excess panel sealant / glue applied and then painted over. I have included one such example just so you all can look out for the same thing. Outside of this and the neutered rear entertainment system we love it. Just a bit disappointed a paint problem this bad could make it through quality control, and that factory paint has to be disturbed.”

For now, GM is talking about the paint, but there is another interesting communication. Service Bulletin #010842001N says that the exterior lamps can suffer from water leaks and condensation, requiring replacement. However, sending out cars with defects isn’t new to GM. In fact, it wasn’t that long ago that the automaker suffered a massive blow with class action lawsuits pointing out defective lifters in many of the vehicles. It’s clear that GM can’t build a vehicle and it needs to go into a new industry, causing something less important to “stand out.”

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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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  • Karen H

    I have a 2022 GMC Yukon purchased on 6/17/22 with 3000 miles on it. A week ago I also had the Service Safety Restraint System come on, interior lights not working in front, sunroof will not open and rear tail gate will not open with key remote.

    It went in for service today at the GM dealership in New Hampshire. They are telling me GM was called and they are aware of the issue but have no resolve for it at this time. They offered to give me an Acadia because of the safety issue, the air bags are not working. I asked how long before a resolve? He said they have no idea.

    I asked why did I pay $70,000.00 for a car I can not drive. I asked if they will take the car back and he said a Manager would need to contact me. Now I am waiting to hear from the Manager.

    Why is GM producing these vehicles when there is a known issue??

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