1996 Chevrolet Blazer
NHTSA Defect Investigations
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 1996 Chevrolet Blazer, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:
INVESTIGATION: UPPER CONTROL ARM BALL JOINT BREAKAGE
NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE99021
Component(s): Power Train
Summary: An upper control arm ball joint fails, resulting in the front suspension collapsing on the failed side.
INVESTIGATION: SEAT BELT WEBBING SEPARATION
NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA97004
Component(s): Seat Belts:Front:Webbing
Summary: NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) tested a 1997 Chevrolet S-10 extended cab pickup equipped with a driver-side air bag.the front passenger seat belt was completely cut during the test.
INVESTIGATION: FRONT SEAT RECLINER BOLT FAILURE
NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ99015
Component(s): Seats:Front Assembly:Recliner
INVESTIGATION: ABS BRAKING SYSTEM
NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA94038
Component(s): Service Brakes, Hydraulic
Summary: This investigation resulted in a safety recall, 99V-193, and a service campaign, 99I-006.
INVESTIGATION: STEERING SHAFT SEPARATIONS
NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA97007
Summary: Coupling bolts, joining the steering shaft, may separate.in some cases, total unforeseen, loss of steering control may result.
INVESTIGATION: UPPER AND LOWER CONTROL ARM BALL JOINT
NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA99022
Summary: There is no summary currently available
INVESTIGATION: 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.