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1996 Buick LeSabre

2 Defect Investigations from the NHTSA

NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1996 Buick LeSabre

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 1996 Buick LeSabre, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRES

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE02050

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: June 13, 2002
    • Date Closed: October 22, 2002
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Engine And Engine Cooling

    Summary: Alleged engine compartment fire during startup.loud pops or backfires before the fire started

  2. INVESTIGATION: ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRES

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA02030

    Component(s): Fuel System, Gasoline
    Fuel System, Gasoline:Delivery
    Fuel System, Gasoline:Delivery:Hoses, Lines/Piping, And Fittings

    Summary: Allege backfire during engine starting may result in fracture of the plastic intake manifold with the potential for severe engine compartment fire.

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