NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2003 GMC Yukon

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 2003 GMC Yukon, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. PARKING BRAKE FAILURE NHTSA Defect Investigation #DP05009

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: December 20, 2005
    • Date Closed: May 31, 2006
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Parking Brake
    Parking Brake:Conventional
    Parking Brake:Conventional:Mechanical

    Summary: ODI's review of complaint data received since the close of EA04-011 revealed no indication that the investigation should be re-opened.more details can be found in the federal register notice enclosed in the DP05-009 public file.ODI reserves the right to reopen the investigation in the future should conditions warrant.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #DP05009 »

  2. PARKING BRAKE FAILURE NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA04011

    Component(s): Parking Brake
    Parking Brake:Conventional
    Parking Brake:Conventional:Mechanical
    Parking Brake:Conventional:Mechanical:Linkage And Cable

    Summary: In a letter dated April 20, 2005, GM notified NHTSA that it had decided that defects that relate to motor vehicle safety exist in certain model year (MY) 1999-2002 C/K 1500 series (PBR parking brake system) and MY 2001-2005 C/K 2500 and 3500 series (TRW parking brake system) pickups with manual transmissions.according to GM, some of these vehicles may have conditions that cause the friction linings to wear to an extent where the parking brake can become ineffective in immobilizing a parked vehicle.GM's action covers an estimated total of 142,585 vehicles.dealers will install a low-force spring clip retainer for vehicles equipped with the PBR parking brake system and install a redesigned parking brake cable assembly on vehicles equipped with the TRW parking brake system. A total of 58 non-duplicative complaints were received by ODI and GM concerning the approximately 59,000 MY 1999-2002 C/K 1500 series pickup trucks with the PBR parking brake system.these included 22 alleged rollaway incidents, resulting in a rate of 38.5 rollaway incidents per 100,000 vehicles.ODI is aware of 24 complaints regarding the MY 2001-2005 C/K 2500 and 3500 series manual transmission trucks recalled by GM, including 5 alleging rollaway incidents.though the conditions described in GM's letter are also present in the C/K trucks with automatic transmissions, the rollaway rate in those vehicles was similar to those observed in peer vehicles studied by ODI in this investigation.this engineering analysis is closed. For additional information, see the attached closing report.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA04011 »

  3. Brake line corrosion failure NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE10010

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: March 30, 2010
    • Date Closed: January 05, 2011
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Service Brakes, Hydraulic
    Service Brakes, Hydraulic:Power Assist:Hydraulic:Hoses, Lines/Piping, And Fittings

    Summary: The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) received Defect Petition DP10-003 on March 2, 2010, requesting the investigation of model year (MY) 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 4WD pickup trucks for corrosion failures of the vehicle brake lines.DP10-003 was granted and on March 30, 2010, Preliminary Evaluation PE10-010 was opened on more than six million model year 1999 through 2003 light trucks and sport utility vehicles manufactured and sold by General Motors Corporation (GM).On July 2, 2010, ODI received GM's response to an information request, which included GM's assessment of the frequency and safety consequences of the alleged defect. GM stated that:(1) the brake system of the subject vehicles is split front/rear and should a brake pipe suddenly fail for any reason, the affected vehicle would be capable of stopping with the pressure supplied by the remaining circuit; (2) the subject vehicles were designed to meet the hydraulic circuit partial failure requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards 105 and 135, Light Vehicle Brake Systems; and (3) should a brake fluid leak occur for any reason, the brake system malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) would illuminate and warn the driver before the brake fluid level was low enough to cause a loss of line pressure.ODI's and GM's analysis indicates that 85 percent of the complaints occurred on vehicles used primarily in States that use salt on the roads during Winter months (Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin).Overall the complaint rates per 100,000 vehicles for Salt Belt States is 43.0 and Non-Salt Belt is 3.0.In approximately 25 percent of the complaints the brake pipe failure occurred suddenly, with no warning (i.e., no MIL, Brake Fluid Loss Warning), and resulted in extended stopping distances.In 30 of these the increase in stopping distance that resulted was a factor in the crash and in 10 others the vehicle was intentionally steered off the road or into another lane of travel in order to avoid a crash.This investigation has been upgraded to an Engineering Analysis (EA11-001) for subject vehicles sold or currently registered in Salt Belt States to further assess the scope, frequency and safety risks associated with sudden failures of corroded brake pipes that can result in decreased brake effectiveness. ODI will continue to gather information on subject vehicles outside the Salt Belt as well.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE10010 »

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