NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1994 Dodge Spirit

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 1994 Dodge Spirit, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:


    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE96008

    • Status:
    • Date Opened: January 25, 1996
    • Date Closed: June 28, 1996
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Seat Belts

    Summary: There is no summary currently available


    NHTSA Defect Investigation #DP03002

    • Status:
    • Date Opened: May 07, 2003
    • Date Closed: July 22, 2003
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Steering:Column

    Summary: Mr. Larry a. sackey submitted a petition to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) by letter dated April 18, 2003, requesting that nhtsafurther investigate the "defective collapsible steering shaft system" on 1987-1995 vehicles manufactured by the DaimlerChrysler corporation.in part because of 49 cfr 30120(G), NHTSA has decided to limit the scope of the petition vehicles to 1993-1995 models, excluding the 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 1994-1995 Dodge Ram series trucks that were recalled (93V210 & 96V230) for steering column failure.if the analysis of these vehicles had identified a potential problem, the scope could have been expanded in an investigation.a review of ODI's data base shows no recent complaints and a lack of a complaint trend concerning the subject issue on the subject vehicles as a whole or by individual models.therefore, the petition is denied.for details, see federal register notice volume 68, no. 130, July 8, 2003.

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