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 2002 Volkswagen Eurovan, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: ENGINE COOLING FAN BLADE FRACTURE

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA08002

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: January 04, 2008
    • Date Closed: March 14, 2008
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Engine And Engine Cooling:Cooling System:Fan

    Summary: The subject vehicles are built on a Volkswagen Eurovan chassis and are class "C" motor homes. On September 5, 2007, the Office Of Defects Investigation (ODI) opened this investigation as rq 07-002 after receiving four consumer reports of fan blade failure on model year 2002 winnebago rialta and vista vehicles.as a result of additional information received from Volkswagen in response to rq 07-002, the investigation was upgraded to engineering analysis (ea) 08-002.the scope of the ea investigation was also expanded to cover model years 2001 through 2004 rialta and vista, 2002 through 2004 sunstar, and 2001 through 2003 Eurovan.all of these vehicles utilize the same engine cooling fan.however, the winnebago vehicles are larger and heavier than the Eurovan.as a consequence, the cooling fan would operate more frequently in the winnebago vehicles compared to the Eurovan for the same on-road operating conditions.analysis of the available data concerning the problem experience indicates that it predominately affects the MY 2002 winnebago models.winnebago accounts for 79% of all the reports, but represents only 23% of the total subject vehicle population.the majority of the winnebago reports are for the model year 2002 (64%).the data show a declining report trend, particularly for the 2002 winnebago.reports on the 2002 winnebago reached a high of 11 reports in calendar year 2005, dropping to three reports in 2006, two reports in 2007, and one report in 2008.an existing safety related defect trend 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.

  2. INVESTIGATION: ENGINE COOLING FAN BLADE FRACTURE

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ07002

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: September 05, 2007
    • Date Closed: January 04, 2008
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Engine And Engine Cooling:Cooling System:Fan

    Summary: The Office Of Defects Investigation (ODI) opened this investigation based on four reportsalleging failure of an engine cooling fan in the subject vehicles.three of the complainants alleged the fan "disintegrated" and two of the three alleged the radiator was damaged as a result.the fourth complainant alleged that his vehicle experienced violent shaking and overheating.when the vehicle was inspected, it was noted that pieces of the fan were missing.all four vehicles were class C motor homes built on a Volkswagen Eurovan chassis.two of the vehicles are "rialta" models and two are "vista" models.based onadditional information received from Volkswagen ODI is upgrading this investigation toengineering analysis ea 08-002 for further study.