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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier

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 Cavalier, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: OVERSENSITIVE AIR BAG DEPLOYMENTS

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA98001

    Component(s): Air Bags

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  2. INVESTIGATION: INADVERTENT AIR BAG DEPLOYMENTS

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE97041

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: September 09, 1997
    • Date Closed: January 23, 1998
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Air Bags

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  3. INVESTIGATION: FIRE IN STEERING COLUMN AREA

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE02001

    Component(s): Electrical System

    Summary:

  4. INVESTIGATION: UNINTENDED VEHICLE ACCELERATION

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #DP03007

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: October 14, 2003
    • Date Closed: January 30, 2004
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Fuel System, Other:Delivery

    Summary: On September 23, 2003, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received a letter dated September 8, 2003 from Mr. Donald friedman, petitioning the Agency to "open a defect investigation into unintended acceleration involving [model year] 1996 and 1997 General Motors J-cars."in support of his petition, Mr. Friedman cited a report he "received for GM" showing it had received far more reports of alleged unintended acceleration for these models than for others.after assessing the data claimed by the petitioner to justify his request, ODI found no indication that defect trend related to the petitioner's allegations exists at this time.therefore, there is no reasonable posibility that an order concerning the notification and remedy of a safety-related defect would be issued as a result of granting Mr. Friedman's petition.consequently, in view of the need to allocate and prioritize NHTSA's limited resources to best accomplish the Agency's safety mission, the petition is denied.for additional information concerning this analysis, please refer to the attached federal register notice.

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