1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette

8 Defect Investigations from the NHTSA

NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette

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 Oldsmobile Silhouette, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. AIR BAG TEAR DURING DEPLOYMENT NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE00045

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: November 03, 2000
    • Date Closed: January 11, 2001
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Air Bags

    Summary:

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE00045 »

  2. SAFETY BELT ASSEMBLY FAILURE NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA02032

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: November 18, 2002
    • Date Closed: November 21, 2003
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Seat Belts

    Summary: ODI identified 59 reports with the alleged defect.ODI was able to contact 44 of the 59 consumers in order to determine the specific cause of the latch problems.of the 44 owners contacted, ODI determined that four failures were due to an out-of-tolerance latch plate, and that 23 failures were due to a displaced buckle housing cover.the remaining 17 failures had indeterminable causes.of the 59 reports, there were three alleged minor injuries.no legal claims or lawsuits have been filed with regard to this alleged defect.based on the limited number of reports, and a declining report trend, this investigation is closed.a safety-related defect has not been identified at this time and further use of Agency resources does not appeared to be warranted.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 take further action if warranted by the circumstances. See additional summary report.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA02032 »

  3. SHOULDER HARNESS CLIP NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE02017

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: February 11, 2002
    • Date Closed: August 02, 2002
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Seat Belts

    Summary:

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE02017 »

  4. TRACTION CONTROL NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ00006

    Component(s): Service Brakes, Hydraulic

    Summary:

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #RQ00006 »

  5. UNEXPECTED OPENING OF SLIDING DOOR NHTSA Defect Investigation #SQ00014

    Component(s): Structure

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #SQ00014 »

  6. POWER-SLIDING DOOR NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE04064

    Component(s): Structure:Body:Door

    Summary: Subject vehicles are available with an optional power sliding door.the interior handle is oriented in the vertical position in the door panel and lines up at the elbow level when the occupant is seated in the 2nd-row outboard position.if the occupant holds the interior handle in the thumb up position during power-assisted opening, the arm/wrist can be push back with force against the 2nd-row bucket seat or captain's chair seat back creating a risk of injury (other seating configurations have ample seat to door clearance to avoid entrapment of the lower arm).among the 103 total reports, there were 102 alleged injuries including arm/wrist, thumb and shoulder injuries.a count of injuries reveals that 76 injuries were a fractured or a broken arm/wrist requiring an immobilizing cast for four-to-six weeks.all injuries involve the right side power sliding door.the left side power sliding door is on far fewer vehicles, but more importantly, it produces less force.GM notified the Agency by letter dated December 21, 2004, that it will recall model year 1997 though early 2005 GM U-van vehicles equipped with a right side power sliding door and with 2nd-row bucket seats or captain chairs (NHTSA recall #04V597).as part of the recall remedy, GM will replace the door handle with a "flush mounted handle" that will prevent an occupant from grasping the handle with the palm between the handle and door panel (thumb up orientation) and thus eliminate the potential for arm/wrist entrapment.this investigation is closed.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE04064 »

  7. REAR AXLE TRAILING ARM FAILURE NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA03005

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: April 23, 2003
    • Date Closed: January 12, 2004
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Suspension
    Suspension:Rear

    Summary: On November 18, 2002, ODI opened a preliminary evaluation (PE02-086) to evaluate allegations of rear axle trailing arm failures in the subject vehicles (U-van) which included two reporting crashes.on April 9, 2003, ODI upgraded PE02-086 to an engineering analysis (EA03-005) to continue its examination of the issue. The trailing arm design in these vehicles has been used in the U-van from MY 1997 through the present.the GM analysis concluded that the subject trailing arms could crack or buckle if they were damaged during assembly, pre-delivery handling, or subjected to certain service related abuse conditions such as improper towing or jacking.analysis of ODI and GM data has identified 19 incidents of rear axle trailing arm failures in the subject vehicles.there have been no new reports to ODI or GM in the last 12 months and only one new complaint in the last 21 months. Due to the low complaint rate and the absence of a continuing trend in reported failures, a safety-related defect has not been identified at this time and further use of Agency resources does not appear to be warranted.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 take further action if warranted by the circumstances. For additional information, see the attached closing report.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA03005 »

  8. REAR AXLE TRAILING ARM FAILURE NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE02086

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: November 18, 2002
    • Date Closed: April 09, 2003
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Suspension
    Suspension:Rear

    Summary: Analysis of ODI and GM data has identified 14 incidents of rear trailing arm failures in model year (MY) 1997 through 1999 GM U-vans, including two that allegedly resulted in crashes. The trailing arm design in these vehicles is used in the U-vans from MY 1997 through 2003.according to GM, the subject trailing arms can crack or buckle if they have been damaged during assembly, pre-delivery handling, or certain service related abuse conditions (e.g., improper towing or jacking).GM identified a parts handling concern that was causing some trailing arms to be damaged prior to installation.to address this concern, GM implemented changes to the shipping containers from January 1999 through September 1999. Eight (8) of the reported incidents in MY 1997-99 U-vans, including the two crashes, occurred in the last 2 years.this investigation has been upgraded to an engineering analysis to assess the trend and safety risk associated with the alleged defect.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE02086 »

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