NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1995 GMC 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 1995 GMC Suburban, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. BATTERY LEAKS ACID NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE99073

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: December 03, 1999
    • Date Closed: May 02, 2000
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Electrical System

    Summary: ODI has received 21 complaints where owners allege that the standard GM factory supplied ac delco battery case failed, resulting in the leakage of sulfuric acid.of the 21 complaint vehicles, six Suburban, three Tahoe, and one Yukon owner(s) complained about a loss of brake fluid from deterioration of the right frontbrake line as a result of sulfuric acid contamination.the remaining 11 complaints pertain primarily to sulfuric acid leakage from the battery case.at least one complainant stated that the replacement battery also failed.several of the complainants note that the leaking acid had come in contact with a wire harness at the frame in the vicinity of the steel brake line.a field inspection by ODI indicates that the described harness is the ABS connection to the right front wheel speed sensor.prior to the battery case failure, there is usually no warning (short of an underhood inspection), and the ensuring damage (sulfuric acid contamination) is progressive.of the known battery failures, there may be a temperature correlation, as 60% of the owner complaints came from four states; California, Florida, Georgia and Texas.there is also a product improvement program and engineering change notice to add 1% silver to the battery's positive side terminall, with the earliest implementation date for this being Feb 2, 1998.the effect of this design change is as yet unknown; further review is warranted.an ea is being opened to gather further appropriate information, clarify any defect trends, and to assess the safety implications and risks concerning these failures.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE99073 »

  2. OEM HITCH RECEIVER PLATFORM CRACKING NHTSA Defect Investigation #DP00001

    • Status:
      OPEN
    • Date Opened: January 31, 2000
    • Date Closed: Pending
    • Recall: possible recall

    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

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #DP00001 »

  3. HEADLIGHT NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE00017

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: April 11, 2000
    • Date Closed: September 26, 2000
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Exterior Lighting

    Summary: Based on the reports received by ODI from consumers, failure of the headlight electrical circuit may occur in the subject vehicles, and may result from repeated adjustment ofthe tilt steering wheel in the subject vehicles.repeated adjustment of the steering wheel position may strain the wiring in the headlight circuit to the point of failure where they are attached to the multi-function switch, resulting in the unanticipated loss of headlights while the vehicle is in motion.ODI has concerns regarding the high rate of warranty repairs for problems potentially associated with the alleged defect in the subject vehicles, with the recognition the each incident of headlight failure represents a condition of vehicle disablement.in addition, the manufacturer's evaluation of the alleged defect has not been received, and this office has interest in the details of the methodologies and results of that assessment.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE00017 »

  4. LOSS OF POWER ASSIST NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA00008

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: March 16, 2000
    • Date Closed: August 31, 2001
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Service Brakes, Hydraulic

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA00008 »

  5. POOR BRAKE PERFORMANCE NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA95026

    Component(s): Service Brakes, Hydraulic

    Summary: Poor performance of ABS brakes

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA95026 »

  6. STEERING SHAFT SEPARATIONS NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE95052

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: October 25, 1995
    • Date Closed: March 22, 1996
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Steering:Wheel And Handle Bar

    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.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE95052 »

  7. 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.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA02006 »

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