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Pontiac Grand Am Recall 05V054000

Weak Rear Suspension Bolts May Fail

Suspension & Steering, February 9, 2005

RepairPal Expert Overview

Our Quick Take:

Certain vehicles were equipped with weak rear suspension bolts that may break under high loads.  Causing the rear wheel to not be properly retained and may result in increased risk of accidents.

What Should You Do?

GM will contact customers of affected vehicles beginning February 9, 2005. If you have not been contacted, notice any unusual looseness in your rear wheels and feel your vehicle falls under this recall. You should contact your local dealership. It helps to have your VIN Vehicle Identification Number ready when doing so.

Summary:

Certain passenger vehicles were equipped with rear suspension knuckle bolts that are not up to specifications. These may fracture, causing the rear wheels to steer in or out, thus leading to an increased chance of an accident. The dealer will replace both of these bolts free of charge. The GM recall # is 05020 

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2005

Manufacturer's Report Date: February 9, 2005

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V054000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: SUSPENSION:REAR

Potential Number of Units Affected: 9,402

Summary: CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH REAR SUSPENSION KNUCKLE BOLTS THAT ARE NOT TO SPECIFICATION AND COULD FRACTURE UNDER HIGH LOADS THAT CAN OCCUR IN SOME DRIVING CONDITIONS.

Consequence: IF THE BOLT FRACTURE, THE REAR SUSPENSION LINKAGE COULD DETACH FROM THE KNUCKLE AND THE REAR WHEEL WOULD BE ABLE TO TURN INBOARD OR OUTBOARD. SUDDEN CHANGES IN VEHICLE HANDLING COULD OCCUR, PARTICULARLY AT HIGHER SPEEDS, AND THE DRIVER MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CONTROL THE VEHICLE AND A CRASH COULD OCCUR WITHOUT WARNING.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL REPLACE BOTH REAR SUSPENSION KNUCKLE BOLTS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON FEBRUARY 9, 2005. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438 OR PONTIAC AT 1-800-620-7668.

Notes: GM RECALL NO. 05020.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

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