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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1998 Chevrolet C/K 3500

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 1998 Chevrolet C/K 3500, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: DRIVER DOOR ELECTRICAL FIRES

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA02005

    Component(s): Electrical System
    Visibility:Rearview Mirrors/Devices
    Visibility:Rearview Mirrors/Devices:Exterior

    Summary: By letter dated March 19, 2003, the manufacturer notified NHTSA of the decision to initate a safety recall campaign on selected vehicles within the subject population.the campaign involves 507,000 C/K and M/L vehicles built during model years 1997-1998.the recall involves vehicle models with high incident rates and built at selected assembly plants.a contributing factor to the defect wasinherent variations in assembly conditions, worker skill levels andprocesses that exist from one assembly location to another.to remedy the defect, dealers will install a fused jumper harness to the electric outside rearview mirror switch.NHTSA has assigned campaign no. 03V-093 to the recall.

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