NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1999 Chevrolet Tracker

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 Tracker, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:


    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA06018

    • Status:
    • Date Opened: October 30, 2006
    • Date Closed: December 03, 2007
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Suspension:Front

    Summary: In October 2007, GM initiated a special coverage program for all MY 1999 through 2004 Chevrolet Tracker vehicles sold or currently registered in salt-belt states.the program extends the warranty coverage for front suspension crossmember corrosion to 10 years or 150,000 miles, whichever occurs first.GM is administering the program in phases due to part availability.the first phase started in October 2007 and covers the MY 1999 and 2000 vehicles.owners of MY 2001 through 2004 vehicles will receive letters at a future date, but are eligible to receive free repairs from the program if the crossmember requires replacement.GM's program provides free inspections for consumers every 12 months through the terms of the policy adjustment.copies of the dealer bulletin and owner letter for GM's special coverage program are attached to the closing report for this investigation. The rate of confirmed lca separations at 5 years in service is less than 10 per 100,000 vehicles, which is low relative to other investigations of front suspension issues previously investigated by ODI. Accordingly, this investigation is closed.the closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that a safety-related defect does not exist.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. See document file for additional information regarding this resume.

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