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 1985 Chrysler Fifth Avenue, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: BRAKE POWER ASSIST

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA88001

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: October 01, 1987
    • Date Closed: March 01, 1988
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Service Brakes, Hydraulic

    Summary: Summary of information from manufacturer:Chrysler recalled, in Canada,67,602 1984 through 1987 passenger cars, trucks, and vans equipped with the5.2L engine for intermittent loss of brake power assist on a secondapplication of the brake pedal.the defect was a result of the brakebooster vacuum hose port in the base of the carburetor being blocked withfrozen moisture after an extended period of highway driving at low ambienttemperatures.to prevent this defect from occurring, the vacuum source forthe brake booster was relocated from the base of the carburetor to theintake manifold.it was stated that reports of the alleged defect haveoccurred in the northern areas of Canada.analysis:review of manufacturer's data indicated at least 4 similar U.S.vehicles have experienced "failures" consistent with those reported in thecanadian market.one vehicle was a manufacturer test vehicle.the statesin which these reported "failures" occurred are Alaska, Minnesota (2), andwisconsin.it is this engineer's opinion that there is sufficient evidenceto suggest that the alleged defect could be reproduced by performing testsin a controlled environmental chamber.status:analyzing manufacturer's response at 12/09/87.===