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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1996 Chevrolet Corvette

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 Corvette, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: BRAKE PULL

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #DP96006

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: May 14, 1996
    • Date Closed: October 18, 1996
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Service Brakes, Hydraulic

    Summary: The petitions stated that:"we represent the owner of a 1990 Chevrolet Corvette which, when the brakes were applied, suddently, violently, and unexpectedly pulls to the left.this is a intermittent defect which does not occur with an regularity."

  2. INVESTIGATION: POWER RACK AND PINION STEERING FAILURE

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ03001

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: January 02, 2003
    • Date Closed: September 15, 2003
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Steering
    Steering:Rack And Pinion

    Summary: GM conducted a safety recall (NHTSA # 02V286) to address a steering defect pertaining to a lower pinion bearing (lpb) within the rack and pinion steering gear (R&P). The recall covered 1,159,156 model year 1997-1998 Pontiac Grand Prix vehicles built between March 1, 1996 and October 31, 1997, 1996-1998 Pontiac trans sport, Chevrolet lumina apv, Chevrolet Venture, Oldsmobile Silhouette minivans, and Chevrolet cavalier and Pontiac sunfire sedans built between January 1, 1996 and October 31, 1997.ODI opened this rq after receiving reports that other vehicles were exhibiting the same symptoms as the recalled vehicles.based on ODI's review of technical and complaint data collected during the rq, the w-cars are associated with either a higher steering complaint rate or a higher lpb failure rate than the other vehicles investigated under the rq and are above or near the rates for the recalled vehicles.thus, ODI will further examine the w-cars (1996-1997 Oldsmobile cutlass supreme, 1996-1998 Buick regal, Chevrolet lumina, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 1997-1998 Buick century, and 1998 Oldsmobile intrigue) under a new investigation, engineering analysis (ea)03-019.

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