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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1996 Chevrolet Camaro

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 Camaro, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. FUEL TUBE RETAINING CLIP FAILURE NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA97024

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: November 13, 1997
    • Date Closed: September 29, 1998
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Vehicle Speed Control:Linkages

    Summary: Most of the reports reviewed in this investigation are fire incidents in which fuel leakage has been alleged as the cause or the area of origin is consistent with the alleged defect.there is no evidence that the subject clip was a factor in any of these fire incidents and NHTSA testing indicates thatbroken or dislodged retention clip does not result in significant movement of the fuel line bundle toward the left secondary air injection check valve.failure of the clip places the fuel line bundle assembly in the same configuration as the 1993 model year lti vehicles.a safety-related defect trend has not been identified at this time and further use of Agency resources does not appear to be warranted.the closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that no safety-related defect exists.the Agency reserves the right to take further action if warranted by the circumstances.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA97024 »

  2. FUEL TUB RETAINING CLIP FAILURE NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE97036

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: July 24, 1997
    • Date Closed: November 13, 1997
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Vehicle Speed Control:Linkages

    Summary: Owners have reported failures of the fuel tube retention clip that attaches to the plastic throttle linkage cover.according to GM, the subject retention clip (P/N 12048089) was implemented in production on October 12, 1993, to address a concern with incorrect assembly plant fuel line routing.mis-routed fuel tubes may fail from contact with a hot air check valve, creating a fire hazard in the engine compartment.GM maintains that no problems should occur if the clip is properly installed and isn't mishandled during subsequent service operations.some owners have alleged to ODI that the subject clip becomes brittle over time and may also pull free of the throttle linkage cover attachment hole.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE97036 »

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