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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1980 Chevrolet Malibu

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 1980 Chevrolet Malibu, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:


    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA86006

    • Status:
    • Date Opened: November 27, 1985
    • Date Closed: November 28, 1988
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Service Brakes, Hydraulic

    Summary: Summary:GM is conducting a voluntary recall campaign (85V-048)involving 2,136,826 vehicles. The recall is limited to vehicles built atcertain assembly plants which, according to GM, overtorqued the brakepipe nut, thereby overstressing the wheel cylinder support area of thebacking plate.analysis:front brakes provide sufficient braking for passenger carsin most non-emergency situations. All affected trucks are included inthe current most cases the problem is discovered during brakemaintenance.the recall appears to cover those groups of cars with thehighest failure rates.status:analyzing GM ir response and new complaint data. Draft closingreport by 5/15/88.===

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