Table 1 shows two common equipment related problems of the 2001 Chevrolet 1500.
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Adaptive Equipment problems||
I was driving down a state road when I needed to stop for an intersection stop sign; my brake pedal went almost to the floor. The braking power was reduced to such a degree that I passed through the intersection just being missed by another vehicle traveling on the other roadway that did not have to stop. The brake fluid reservoir was empty in the front section and only small amount in the rear section. I drove the vehicle the rest of the way at 15 mph because the braking ability was so diminished it would not stop fast enough at a higher speed. My front bumper guard was dented and bent when it impacted a car stop bollard at a stop on the way home. I could not call a wrecker because I had no signal on my cell phone and I could not walk for help because I am disabled and can only walk very short distances (I have a state issued handicap placard). Upon examination a rusted through brake line was found to be the cause. The other brake lines are in the same rusted condition. I sure hope dot will make gm correct this problem before some children are hurt or killed.
In about 2006, the fuel guage in my husband's truck stopped functioning. It showed empty when tank was full. No recall notice was issued to us. When he had diagnosed, the diagnosis was a bad chip or electrical problem, or switch. It would be expensive to fix. At this time I was diagnosed with breast cancer & underwent surgery $ mos. Of chemo. My husband,military retiree, stayed with me in hospital. After my chemo, he had both hips replaced and was being treated until 2013 for spinal injections. In July 2013, he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer & passed away in August. In the meantime, when he derove the truck he recorded mileage after a fill in order to keep track of amt. Of fuel. I always worried about this as being non-safe, but he could only get into a truck because of his medical condition, so our choices were limited. Now after his passing, the truck is in my name but I do not drive it because I am afraid for my safety because of the defect. I am still under the care of an oncologist and need the truck at this time. Are you able to help with this problem? it would relieve the stress & give me peace of mind regarding my safety. I await your response. I was referred to you by the NHTSA.