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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1996 Chevrolet Suburban

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 Suburban, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: BATTERY LEAKS ACID

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA00013

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: May 02, 2000
    • Date Closed: June 28, 2002
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Electrical System

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  2. INVESTIGATION: OEM HITCH RECEIVER PLATFORM CRACKING

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #DP00001

    • Status:
      PENDING
    • Date Opened: January 31, 2000
    • Date Closed: N/A
    • Recall: No recall yet

    Component(s): Equipment

    Summary: The petition alleges that cracks in the hitch receiver platform may lead to separation of the trailer and loss of steering control

  3. INVESTIGATION: HEADLIGHT

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA00024

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: September 26, 2000
    • Date Closed: December 21, 2001
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Exterior Lighting

    Summary:

  4. INVESTIGATION: POOR BRAKE PERFORMANCE

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA95026

    Component(s): Service Brakes, Hydraulic

    Summary: Poor performance of ABS brakes

  5. INVESTIGATION: STEERING SHAFT SEPARATIONS

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA97007

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: April 17, 1997
    • Date Closed: March 12, 1998
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Steering

    Summary: Coupling bolts, joining the steering shaft, may separate.in some cases, total unforeseen, loss of steering control may result.

  6. INVESTIGATION: STEERING SHAFT SEPARATIONS

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE96076

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: December 18, 1996
    • Date Closed: April 17, 1997
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Steering

    Summary: Bolt in the coupling, joining the upper intermediate and steering column shafts, falls out.total loss of steering occurs when the shafts then separate.

  7. INVESTIGATION: WINDSHIELD WIPER FAILURE

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA02006

    Component(s): Visibility:Windshield Wiper/Washer:Motor

    Summary: As a result of this, and the precedinginvestigation, RQ99-003, GM has expanded the population of safety recall 98V-150 (replacement of the windshield wiper control module) to include an additional 1.77 million vehicles.included are various 1994-1997 my M/L vans, S/T trucks and SUVS, & C/K trucks and SUVS.see attached technical report for details.

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