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1998 Chevrolet Blazer Ratings, Reviews and Analysis

Ratings & Reviews

4 star
vafhamort@aol.com writes:
Little Monster Truck Brother

Tough little transportation, big heart of an engine, and it gives more than it gets in respect. Wish they didn't drop this design. It pulls, it roars, and it is fun to drive, even when the joints go out. Fixable.

Safety Ratings and Recalls

Safety

1998 Chevrolet Blazer

Front Crash Driver Side
Front Crash Passenger Side

Recall Notices

1998 Chevrolet Blazer (8/11/2000)

Campaign Number: 00V220000
Component Name: EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC
Description: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: LIGHT DUTY PICKUP TRUCKS AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES. THESE VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." THE DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS BUILT WITH A CANDELA VALUE GREATER THAN 3,000 CANNOT BE MOUNTED HIGHER THAN 864MM ABOVE THE ROAD SURFACE.
Defect: THESE VEHICLES DO NOT COMPLY WITH REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 108.
Corrective Action: DEALERS WILL INSTALL A REVISED WIRING HARNESS THAT CHANGES THE DRL'S FROM HIGH BEAM TO LOW BEAM DRL'S, AND INSTALL NEW LONG-LIFE LOW BEAM BULBS.

1998 Chevrolet Blazer (3/9/1998)

Campaign Number: 98V053000
Component Name: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:LOWER ARM
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC
Description: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: MULTI-PURPOSE PASSENGER VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH 4-WHEEL DRIVE OR ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE. ONE OR BOTH OF THE ATTACHING NUTS FOR THE RIGHT-HAND LOWER CONTROL ARM ARE UNDER TORQUED. THIS CAN ALLOW THE ATTACHMENT BOLT TO LOOSEN AND SUBSEQUENT BREAK RESULTING IN SEPARATION OF THE LOWER CONTROL ARM FROM THE FRAME.
Defect: THIS CONDITION CAN RESULT IN A LOSS OF VEHICLE CONTROL.
Corrective Action: DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND RETIGHTEN THE RIGHT-HAND LOWER CONTROL ARM NUTS TO THE PROPER TORQUE SPECIFICATION.

1998 Chevrolet Blazer (11/24/1997)

Campaign Number: 97V218000
Component Name: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC
Description: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: LIGHT DUTY PICKUP TRUCKS AND MULTI-PURPOSE PASSENGER VEHICLES. A FATIGUE FRACTURE OF THE REAR AXLE RIGHT-HAND BRAKE PIPE CAN OCCUR CAUSING A SLOW BRAKE FLUID LEAK RESULTING IN A SOFT BRAKE PEDAL. IF THE BRAKE PIPE BREAKS, THE DRIVER WOULD EXPERIENCE A SUDDEN DROP IN THE BRAKE PEDAL, THE INSTRUMENT PANEL BRAKE LIGHT WOULD ILLUMINATE, AND THERE WOULD BE A LOSS OF REAR BRAKE PERFORMANCE.
Defect: PARTIAL LOSS OF BRAKING AT A TIME WHEN MINIMUM STOPPING DISTANCE WAS REQUIRED COULD RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Corrective Action: DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE THE BRAKE PIPE.