1996 Pontiac SUNFIRE Steering Rack And Pinion Problems, Complaints and Defects, Recalls and Failures

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1996 Pontiac SUNFIRE Steering Rack And Pinion Problems, Complaints and Defects

 Issue ID163340
 Internal NHTSA #708267
 ManufacurerGeneral Motors LLC
 Model Year1996
 File date05/07/99
Product type codeVEHICLE
 Description of the problemThe power steering actually had two intermittent incidents the same day that indicated a problem was occurring. The power steering locked up two times, once pulling me into a curb and the second time pulling me into a median in a parking lot. Each of these two times, the power steering released and was able to be driven again. I, however, had about 9 miles to go to get home and felt that it was an intermittent problem. I continued on my way home. I turned left onto a street, where other cars were oncoming, and the steering locked up as i turned. Fortunately, the steering locked as i turned left and suddenly pulled me to the right and off to the side of the road. At this point my steering never released again. I called a tow truck and was towed to jk pontiac on ogden avenue in downers grove, illinois. They informed me on july 6th that the rack and pinion had gone out of my car. I feel that my car has very low mileage for this to have occurred. I have never heard of anyone having their rack and pinion going out of their car, let alone for it to go out of a car at this low mileage. When i questioned the dealership they informed me that they actually had a pontiac grand am in the shop with only 30,000 miles on it that had also had the rack and pinion go out of it. This indicates to me that there is a problem that pontiac needs to give attention to. My incident, fortunately, ended with no accident, injuries or fatalities. However, had this occurred one day later, on my way to work, there is no doubt in my mind that i would have been seriously injured, if not killed. I drive five days a week on a major tollway (i-355) in the chicagoland area to and from work, usually at elevated speeds of at least 65 mph. If this had happened on the tollway, there is no doubt that it would be my family writing this, not me. I did contact pontiac regarding this, and they have agreed to pay for the parts involved in this repair. However, i am paying for labor ($350). *
 Vehicle Mileage at Failure0
Number of Occurences1
Source of the issueNHTSA WEB SITE
 City and StateWOODRIDGE, IL
VIN pattern 3G2JB1247TSXXXXXX
 Was vehicle invloved in a crash?
 Was vehicle involved in a fire?N
 Was incedent reported to police?N
 Was medical attention required?
 Was part original equipment?
No. of injured persons0
No. of fatalities0
 Date of purchase01/09/96
Was original owner?Y
Anti-lock brakesY
Cruise controlY
Number of cylinders0
Drive train typeFWD
Transmission type
 Vehicle speed20
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 Location of tire code
 Type of tire failure code
 Was defective tire repaired?
 Date of manufacture
Type of child seat code
Type of restraint
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  • What is Recall?

    A recall is when a product is removed from the market or a correction is made to the product because it is either defective or potentially harmful.
  • What is Failure?

    Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success. Product failure ranges from failure to sell the product to fracture of the product, in the worst cases leading to personal injury, the province of forensic engineering.
  • What is Defect?

    Non-conformance of a car component with the specified requirements, or non-fulfillment of user expectations, including the safety aspects.
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