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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1999 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 1999 Chevrolet Malibu, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. ENGINE COOLANT BOILS OVER NHTSA Defect Investigation #DP02008

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: September 03, 2002
    • Date Closed: September 24, 2002
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Engine And Engine Cooling

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #DP02008 »

  2. STOP LAMP ASSEMBLY OVERHEAT NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA00010

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: March 27, 2000
    • Date Closed: August 09, 2001
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Exterior Lighting

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA00010 »

  3. TURN SIGNAL FAILURES NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ04005

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: June 18, 2004
    • Date Closed: November 30, 2004
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Exterior Lighting:Hazard Flashing Warning Lights:Switch
    Exterior Lighting:Turn Signal:Switch

    Summary: GM conducted a recall (NHTSA recall number 03V327) on model year (MY) 2000-2001 Alero, Grand Am and Malibu vehicles to replace defective hazard switches that cause the turn signals and hazard lights to fail.the recall covered vehicles built from February 2000 through May 2001 (depending on model).ODI opened this investigation based on 64 reports alleging turn signal failure on MY 1999-2000 Alero, Grand Am and Malibu vehicles not covered under the recall and built prior to February 2000.in December 2004, GM will issue a special policy for MY 1999-2000 Alero, Grand Am and Malibu vehicles not covered under recall 03V327.the policy covers turn signal/hazard flasher failure for a period of 10 years or 150,000 miles (whichever occurs first) to provide a no cost replacement of the hazard switch.GM will send letters to owners starting December 30, 2004.the actions taken by the manufacturer is sufficient to resolve the issues raised by this investigation.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 future action if warranted by the circumstances.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #RQ04005 »

  4. FRONT SUSPENSION COIL SPRING FRACTURE NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA03021

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: November 04, 2003
    • Date Closed: October 19, 2004
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Suspension
    Suspension:Front
    Suspension:Front:Springs:Coil Springs

    Summary: The failure rate of the subject vehicles is low relative to past ODI investigations.the engineering analysis is therefore closed.the closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that no safety-related defect exists.the Agency will continue to monitor complaints and other information relating to the alleged defect in the subject vehicles and take further action in the future if warranted.please see the attached report for additional details.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA03021 »

  5. FRONT SUSPENSION COIL SPRING FRACTURE NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE03031

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: July 14, 2003
    • Date Closed: November 04, 2003
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Suspension:Front
    Suspension:Front:Springs:Coil Springs

    Summary: The subject vehicles are equipped with a coil spring-over-strut front suspension with the spring itself resting in compression between two polymer isolators.PE03-031 was opened to investigate reports of fracture of this spring.the fractures occur in the first active coil above the lower isolator and apparently originate in corrosion pits found beneath regions of damaged epoxy coating.consumer complaints and warranty data show that the failures occur predominantly in the ¿corrosion states¿ and tend to appear outside of the standard 36,000 mile warranty term.these data also suggest that these failures will continue to happen.slightly more than one third of the consumer complaints have involved the broken spring coil contacting the adjacent tire.ODI is upgrading PE03-031 to an engineering analysis to gather further information concerning the scope and consequences of these failures.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE03031 »

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