November 17, 2003
General Motors Has Recalled the 2003 Chevrolet Astro
- The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced.
General Motors Corporation
Models: Chevrolet Astro Year: 2003
GMC Safari Year: 2003
Number Potentially Involved: 41,477
Dates of Manufacture: March 2002 – June 2003
Defect: Some of these minivans have an interference condition between the
lower ball joint rubber boot and the steering knuckle (both left and right
sides), which could result in cutting of the boot that is intended to seal
the ball joint. If the lower ball joint boot were cut, contamination from
the road (salt, dirt, water, etc.) could enter the ball socket area of the
ball joint causing the joint to wear out too quickly. The steering knuckle
could separate from the lower control arm, dropping down the affected corner
of the vehicle. The coil spring would push the control arm down into contact
with the ground, creating a drag that would slow the vehicle. The driver
could have difficulty in maintaining the directional control of the vehicle.
In addition, the affected wheel assembly could separate from the vehicle if
forces resulting from the wheel’s dragging action were sufficient to
fracture the tie rod end and upper ball joint connections. Separation of the
wheel assembly would also sever that wheel’s hydraulic brake hose, resulting
in lost braking performance from the front brake system. Vehicle stopping
distance would increase, which could result in a crash.
Remedy: Dealers will replace the steering knuckles. The manufacturer has
reported that owner notification is expected to begin during the first
quarter of 2004. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, or GMC at
[NHTSA Recall No.03V328/GM Recall No. 03044].
Regarding Auto Recalls
Frequently SafetyAlerts will list
auto recalls before
your dealer will know about them. If you have a vehicle
affected by one of these posted recalls be sure and
write down the NHTSA
CAMPAIGN ID Number.
If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
check, ask them how they are notified of recalls and
when the next update is due.
Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!
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