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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1996 Chevrolet Caprice

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 Caprice, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: REAR WHEEL SEPARATION

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA96007

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: May 31, 1996
    • Date Closed: December 24, 1996
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Suspension

    Summary: GM notified ODI that they are conducting a recall to retorque the wheel lug nuts on vehicles built between August and September of 1995.it is anticipated that most vehicles will require the wheel lug nuts to be retorqued to 135 N.M(100 lb. Ft.).customers who have had all four of their tires and wheels rotated should have properly torqued lug nuts.however, GM is offering customers who have had their tires and wheels rotated the option of returning to their dealer for this repair or completing and returning an owner reply card included with their recall notice.this engineering analysis is closed.

  2. INVESTIGATION: REAR WHEEL SEPARATION

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE96001

    Component(s): Suspension

    Summary: Information obtained from GM indicates that further investigation to determine the cause of wheel separations is warranted.in GM's response dated April 26, 1996, GM stated that:"GM has not identified any defect in the manufacture of the subject vehicles whih may contribute to wheel separation.investigation as to the root cause of wheel separations is continuing.the results of these further investigations are required to assess the probability of any future incidents..."

  3. INVESTIGATION: COOLANT FIRES

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA99003

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: January 13, 1999
    • Date Closed: August 17, 2000
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Visibility:Defroster/Defogger System

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

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