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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe

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 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: SEAT BELT ANCHORAGE SEPARATION

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE01023

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: July 17, 2001
    • Date Closed: December 20, 2001
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Seat Belts:Front:Anchorage

    Summary: ODI has received one (1) complaint alleging that the 2nd row passenger-side seat belt release buckle anchor detached from seat frame during a side impact crash.during the crash, the occupant was thrown from his seat, partially ejected through the rear quarter window of the vehicle.occupant sustained injury.GM has subsequently changed seat belt anchoring design in MY 2000. ODI has completed a preliminary investigation and has determined that further information is needed to determine whether a safety defect exists.

  2. INVESTIGATION: ERRATIC POWER STEERING ASSIST WHILE DRIV

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA99011

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: May 12, 1999
    • Date Closed: February 27, 2001
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Steering

    Summary: The office of defect investigation (ODI) has investigated allegations of power steering assist fluctuations in the subject vehicles.for details and a basis for the investigation conclusions, please see the closing report in the EA99-011 public file.ODI has not identified a safety-related defect trend in the subject vehicle population.futher expenditure of Agency resources on this subject does not appear to be warranted at this time.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 further action if warranted by the circumstances.the engineering is closed.

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