Safety Improvement Campaigns

The Center for Auto Safety is the nation’s premier independent, member driven, non-profit consumer advocacy organization dedicated to improving vehicle safety, quality, and fuel economy on behalf of all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

On March 28, 1995, Chrysler announced it would replace the rear liftgate latches on 4.5 million minivans manufactured in 1984 through 1995 to settle a NHTSA investigation.  NHTSA labeled this as a Safety Improvement Campaign, much less than a safety recall because it was not subject to any of the sanctions under the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act if the manufacturer did not meet the reguirements of Safety Act or the rules thereunder. Thus began a weakening of the recall program under the Safety Act.  At first NHTSA labeled these as  campaigns on its website and recall summaries so anyone could readily see they were not a safety recall. But after the Ford CVPI safety shield improvement campaign, 02I-003 in 2002, NHTSA began giving them the same designation as a safety campaign so it has become much harder to ferret out these pseudo recalls. In many, but not all cases, NHTSA added to post Campaigns the following phrase in its recall summary: This action is deemed a safety improvement campaign and is not being conducted under the Safety Act. The follow is a list of the Safety Improvement Campaigns from the first one in 1995. through 2007. The authors cannot guarantee this is a complete list of all Safety Improvement Campaigns for the reasons noted above.  More information on the campaigns listed below can be found by entering the campaign number under the Safety Recall Search Page on NHTS’s website at

Campaign ID#, Year/Make/Model, Defect & Applicable NHTSA Investigation Number, Number Involved
95I-001001 1984-95 Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan, Plymouth Voyager/Grand Voyager Minivan Liftgate Opens (EA94-005) 4,257,507
95I-003 Michelin Hi Tour 79X TL Tire Failure Due to Overload 1,500 Tires
95I-004 1996 Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan, Grand Caravan, Plymouth Voyager, Grand Voyager Integrated Child Seat 5,224
95I-005 1994 Chevrolet Blazer, GMC Yukon, Chevy/GMC Suburban,C-Series, G-Series, P-Series 6.5L Diesel Engine Driveability
(PE94-091) 60,000
95I-006 1984-1989 Nissan 300ZX, 1985-1988 Maxima, 1987-1988 200SX, 1990-92 Infiniti M30 Fuel Injection Leaks (EA94-018, RQ99-021) 686,649
95I-007 1991-95 Ford Explorer Liftgate Cylinder Supports Pull Loose, Liftgate Falls (PE95-032) 1,029,380
96I-001 1993-94 Chevrolet Cavalier Horn Pad Separates (EA94-033) 417,000
96I-002 1992-93 Ford Crown Victoria Rear Brake Lines Abrade & Leak (EA94-043) 17,600
96I-003 1992-94 Ford E-Series, F-Series 7.3L Navistar Diesel Engine Serpentine Belt Comes Off (EA95-012) 240,000
96I-004 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Grand Wagoneer Center Rear Seat Belt Buckle Not Accessible (NCI 3352) 224,642
96I-005 1995 GMC Kodiak, Topkick, B7, C6, C7, P6 Chassis Transmission Oil Cooler Hose Assembly Ruptures (SQ96-030) 5,220
97I-001 1996-97 Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan, Grand Caravan, Plymouth Voyager, Grand Voyager Integrated Child Seat (EA97-003) 150,000
97I-002 1984-95 Jeep Cherokee, 1993-95 Grand Cherokee Sudden Acceleration, Install Brake Shift Interlock 1,010,400
97I-003 1989 Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, 1989-90 Lincoln Continental Difficulty in Latching or Unlatching Seat Belt Buckle 299,600
98I-001 1995-97 Ford Crown Victoria, Lincoln Town Car Brake Line Wear & Leak (IE97-091) 167,742
98I-002 1993 Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable Front Coil Spring Fracture (EA97-026) 281,000
98I-003 1998 Ford Windstar Front Brake Caliper Anchor Plate Bolts Loosen (EA98-008) 174,000
99C-001 1995-98 Century Breverra Contour, Breverra Premiere Buckle for Harness System on Child Seat Can Break ro Crack (EA98-021) 927,149
99I-001 1998-99 Ford Windstar Overhead Console Falls (SQ99-001) 15,900
99I-002 1996-97 Honda Accord, Civic Throttle Cable Replacement (SQ98-017) N/A
99I-003 1990-91 Chevrolet Lumina APV, Oldsmobile Silhouette, Pontiac TransSport Front Bucket Seat Recliner Bolt Loosens (EA97-019) 187,459
99I-004 1996-99 Chrysler Sebring Convertible Top Cover Separates from Vehicle (EA97-025) 175,000
99I-005 1994 Mazda 626, MX6 Speedometer Gear Set Fails (SQ98-024) 47,651
99I-006 1993-96 Chevrolet Blazer, G20, GMC Jimmy, G25, 1994-96 Chevrolet S10, GMC Sonoma ABS Computer Software (EA94-038) 2,400,000
00I-002 1996-98 Subaru Legacy Alternator Fails (PE99-067)223,520
01I-001 2001 Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider, FXDL Motorcycle Stand Legs Don’t Lock 1,009
01I-002 1998-00 Isuzu Amigo, Rodeo 2.2L Engine Timing Belt Breaks  N/A
01C-003 Britax Advantage, Freeway, Roundabout Inadvertant Buckle Release on Child Restraint 128,328
01I-003 2001 Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan, Plymouth Voyager/Grand Voyager Sliding Door Latches Release During Crash 105,484
01I-004 1973-1979 Chevrolet/GMC C-Series, Vans Flex Fan Blades Crack & Fly Off (DP00-003) 2,600,000
01I-005 2000 Mercedes Benz E-Class, SLK Side Airbag Deploys While Parked (RQ00-013) 2,038
01I-006 1992-94 Chevrolet Suburban Vacuum Power Brake Assist & EBC4 ABS have Poor Brake Performance (EA95-026)  255,770
01I-007 1995-98 Ford Windstar Front Coil Spring Fracture (EA00-027) 948,492
01I-008 1990-93 Ford F-Series Fuel Cross Flow Overflow in One of Dual Tanks (EA99-032) 1,556,221
01I-009 1995-97 Ford Contour, Mercury Mystique Heater Blower Resistor Overheats (EA01-001) 566,979
01I-010 2002 Ford Explorer, Mercury Mountaineer Liftgate Glass Supports Pull Loose, Glass Breaks 50,224
01I-011 1995 Ford Mustang, Taurus, Mercury Sable Engine Cooling Fan Bearings Seize  695,260
01I-012 1998-99 Chrysler Sebring Steering Column Intermediate Shaft Coupler Pinch Bolt Retaining Pin Snags Floor Mat (EA99-028) 9,800
01I-013 1998 Ford Contour, Mercury Mystique Front Coil Spring Fracture 203,426
01I-014 1995-99 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Reduced Wet Weather Braking Performance (PE98-023) 87,295
01I-015 1995-96 Suzuki VS1400GLP, VS800GL Fuel Petcocks Seep Fuel (PE99-053) 18,299
01I-016 2001 Chevrolet C-Series w/LPG Conversion Kit LPG Conversion Engine Backfire Causes Inlet Elbow to Separate  N/A
01I-017 2000-01 Ford Focus Rear Wheel Bearing 238,653
01I-018 1996-97 Chevrolet Blazer, GMC Jimmy, Oldsmobile Bravada Upper Ball Joint Separation (EA99-022) N/A
02I-001 2002 Nissan Altima Airbag Crash Sensor 116,500
02I-002 1998-99 Isuzu Amigo, Rodeo, Honda Passport ABS Computer Software (EA99-008) 214,861
02I-003 1992-03 Ford Crown Victoria, CVPI Fuel Tank Crash Failure (SQ01-014) 350,000
02X-003 Vehicle Systems Aqua-Hot, Hydro-Hot Fuel Pump in Coolant Heaters Leak 2,500
03C-004 Cosco Arriva, Turnabout Child Seat Handle Locks Release Unexpectedly (RQ00-018) 1,275,122
03V-113 2002 Isuzu Axiom Interior Padding, Fails FMVSS 201 (CI-201-011114) 11,855
03V-144 1999-00 Lincoln Continental Passenger & Driver Side Airbag Inadvertently Deploy (EA01-012) 43,459
03V-150 1994-95 Nissan Altima Front Passenger Airbag Causes Eye Injury (EA01-015) 190,000
03V-482 2000-01 Ford Focus Fuel Delivery Module Clogs 671,000
04T-003 FirestoneLT265/75R16 Load Range D Steeltex Radial A/T Tire  Rapid Air Loss 487,000
04T-018 Bridgestone Dueler A/T 693 Belt Detachment 27,000
04V-037 1997-00 Newmar Dutch Star
2001-02 Kountry Star Michelin 255/80r22.5 XRV Tire Cords Fatigue if Overloaded or Underinflated 
04V-421 1999-02 Mercury Cougar Fuel Delivery Module Clogs 88,600
04V-540 2003 Saab 9-3 Engine Stall Due to Software (EA04-008, PE03-059) 12,249
04V-595 2004-05 Lexus ES 330, Toyota Camry Seat Belt Buckle Status Switch 150,061
04V-596 2000-03 Dodge Dakota, Durango Upper Ball Joint Failure (EA03-023) 592,707
05V-005 2000 Chevrolet C/K Pickup, Silverado, Surburban Hydraulic Pump Driveshaft Fracture (EA04-012) 98,221
05V-086 1997 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis Rear Brake Line Chafes and Leaks (EA03-012) 43,626
05V-251 2002-06 Blue Bird All American, Conventional, Micro Bird, Mini Bird, 2002-04 TC2000, 2004-06 Vision School Bus Stop Arm (PE05-011) 3,121
05V-337 2002-06 IC CESB, FESB, RESB, 2006-07 BESB School Bus Stop Arm (PE05-011) 6,432
05V-345 2002-05 Collins Bantam, Grand Bantam, Super Bantam School Bus Stop Arm (PE05-011) 687
05V-347 2002-05 Thomas Built Conventional, ER, HDX, Minotour, MVP EF, MVP ER School Bus Stop Arm (PE05-011) 5,954
05V-462 2003-05 Dodge Ram 2500, Ram 3500 Transmission Park Pawl Fails to Engage (EA04-025) 250,433
05V-490 Mid Bus Guide, Guide DW, Guide SW, Guide XL, School Bus Stop Arm (PE05-011) 636
07C-004 Cosco Alpha Omega 22-150, Alpha Omega 22-151, Eddie Bauer 3-in-1 Child finger sticks in arm rest hole (PE07-002) 18,586
07V-192 2005 Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan Airbag Sensor Corrodes (EA06-03) 250,958
07V-221 2005 Volvo XC90 Jack Handle Short Battery (EA06-006) 42,211
08V-244 2004-06 Toyota Sienna Power Liftgate Struts Deteriorate (EA06-020) 196,222
09V-022 2005-06 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Motorcycle Frame Breakage 26,082
09V-023 2004 Toyota Sienna Floor Mat Sudden Acceleration (EA08-014) 26,501
10V-008 Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan Airbag Sensor Corrosion (RQ09-003) 312,442
10V-055 2005 Honda Odyssey Liftgate Strut Failure (EA08-015) 21,776