An undertorqued pinch bolt can rattle and cause looseness in the steering system. If the pinch bolt backed out of the joint completely, rotation of the steering shaft against the connector could cause increasing looseness in the steering system and result in loss of steering and an accident.

Steering — Steering Wheel/Handle Bar

Date Announced
DEC 17, 1996
Vehicles Affected
NHTSA Campaign #
The steering column lower pinch bolt was not properly tightened during assembly.
Dealers will inspect the steering column pinch bolt for correct torque and, if necessary, tighten the bolt to the specified torque.
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