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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1996 Chevrolet Blazer

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 Chevrolet Blazer, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: UPPER CONTROL ARM BALL JOINT BREAKAGE

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE99021

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: March 05, 1999
    • Date Closed: July 30, 1999
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Power Train

    Summary: An upper control arm ball joint fails, resulting in the front suspension collapsing on the failed side.

  2. INVESTIGATION: SEAT BELT WEBBING SEPARATION

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA97004

    Component(s): Seat Belts:Front:Webbing

    Summary: NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) tested a 1997 Chevrolet S-10 extended cab pickup equipped with a driver-side air bag.the front passenger seat belt was completely cut during the test.

  3. INVESTIGATION: FRONT SEAT RECLINER BOLT FAILURE

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ99015

    Component(s): Seats:Front Assembly:Recliner

    Summary:

  4. INVESTIGATION: ABS BRAKING SYSTEM

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA94038

    Component(s): Service Brakes, Hydraulic

    Summary: This investigation resulted in a safety recall, 99V-193, and a service campaign, 99I-006.

  5. INVESTIGATION: STEERING SHAFT SEPARATIONS

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA97007

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: April 17, 1997
    • Date Closed: March 12, 1998
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Steering

    Summary: Coupling bolts, joining the steering shaft, may separate.in some cases, total unforeseen, loss of steering control may result.

  6. INVESTIGATION: UPPER AND LOWER CONTROL ARM BALL JOINT

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA99022

    Component(s): Suspension

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  7. INVESTIGATION: WINDSHIELD WIPER FAILURE

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA02006

    Component(s): Visibility:Windshield Wiper/Washer:Motor

    Summary: As a result of this, and the precedinginvestigation, RQ99-003, GM has expanded the population of safety recall 98V-150 (replacement of the windshield wiper control module) to include an additional 1.77 million vehicles.included are various 1994-1997 my M/L vans, S/T trucks and SUVS, & C/K trucks and SUVS.see attached technical report for details.

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