Buick Riviera 1990



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Buick Riviera 1990 model
Engine [L]CylindersTransmissionDriveEstimate MPG (city/highway/combined)Unadjusted MPG (city/highway/combined)FuelFuel costClassRelease date
( 3.8L) 6Lockup/automatic, 4 gearsFWD18/27/2220/35/25Regular$ 7175890831



Buick Riviera 1990 recalls
CampaignManufacturerManufacturing dateType# of units affectedDate Owner notified MfgRecall Initiated byManufacturers of recalled vehicles/productsReport Recieved DateRecord Creation DateRegulation Part NumberFMVSS Number
AIR BAGS - FRONTAL
90E043004GENERAL MOTORS CORP.from 11/01/1989 to 07/01/1990E (Equipment)3912/07/1990MFRGENERAL MOTORS CORP.10/30/199011/01/1990
Defect SummaryThreaded inflator components may have been damaged during assembly which may allow components to separate when inflator receives a signal to deploy the air bag.
Consequence SummaryInflator component separation allows hot combustion gasesto escape into the passenger compartment which could result in injuries to vehicle occupants.
Corrective SummaryReplace air bag modules containing potentially defective inflators.
NotesNote:this campaign was initiated by trw, inc., manufacturer of the air bag module system:air bag modules.vehicle description: passenger cars equipped with driver side supplemental airbag modules.
POWER TRAIN - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION - LEVER AND LINKAGE - FLOOR SHIFT
90V164000GENERAL MOTORS CORP.from 03/01/1990 to 04/01/1990V (Vehicle)6396410/05/1990MFRGENERAL MOTORS CORP.09/06/199009/18/1990
Defect SummaryTransaxle shift control cable may disengage from the from the floor shift control with loss of gear indicator reference and shift selector operation.
Consequence SummaryDriver would not be able to determine actual gearposition the transaxle is in, which could result in unexpected vehicle movementand an accident without prior warning.
Corrective SummaryInstall a transaxle shift control cable retaining clip to prevent cable disengagement.
NotesSystem: transaxle; shift control cable.vehicle description: passenger cars.
SEAT BELTS - FRONT - RETRACTOR
90V028000GENERAL MOTORS CORP.from 09/01/1989 to 10/01/1989V (Vehicle)1016603/12/1990MFRGENERAL MOTORS CORP.02/12/199002/28/1990
Defect SummaryMisaligned rear seat safety belt shoulder retractor assemblies could cause pendulum interference, causing the belt to remain in locked position or to travel freely without locking.
Consequence SummaryIn the event of a panic stop or accident, if the belt retractor inertia lock does not engage, the rear seat occupant would have an increased likelihood of injury.
Corrective SummaryRealign rear shoulder belt retractor assembly.
NotesSystem: rear seat shoulder safety belt retractor. vehicle description: passenger cars.
SEAT BELTS - FRONT - WEBBING
95V110000GENERAL MOTORS CORP.from 03/01/1989 to 07/01/1992V (Vehicle)11334306/21/1995ODIGENERAL MOTORS CORP.05/31/199506/01/1995
Defect SummaryThe front outer shoulder belt web sew stop can become stuck in the retractor. the belt can be difficult to pull out of the retractor and some occupants may not be able to fasten the belt.
Consequence SummaryThis condition can prevent a person from using their restraint system resulting in an increased risk of injury in an accident.
Corrective SummaryDealer will install a webbing stop button if the customer requests repair.
NotesSystem: interior; shoulder belts.vehicle description: passenger vehicles.note: if your vehicle is presented to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and the remedy is not provided free of charge within a reasonable time, please contact buick at 1-800-521-7300; oldsmobile at 1-800-442-6537; orcadillac at 1-800-458-8006. also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-800-424-9393.
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - SWITCHES - BRAKE WARNING
91V158000GENERAL MOTORS CORP.from 08/01/1989 to 03/01/1990V (Vehicle)1890411/27/1991MFRGENERAL MOTORS CORP.09/13/199109/25/1991571101
Defect SummaryBrake indicator light may not light when ignition is in the on position, the parking brake is applied, and the shift selector is in the park or neutral gear range.
Consequence SummaryVehicles would not meet the requirements of fmvss 101and 105.
Corrective SummaryReplace the prom in the body computer module to prevent this condition from occurring.
NotesSystem: control displays; fmvss 101 and 105.vehicle description: passenger cars.
Buick Riviera 1990 investigations
NHTSA IDManufacturerDate openDate closeSubjectRecall campaign
SEAT BELTS - FRONT - RETRACTOR
EA94010GENERAL MOTORS CORP.02/28/199406/16/1995SEAT BELT RETRACTOR FAILS95V110000
 There is no summary currently available
Buick Riviera 1990 Consumer Complaints
Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
AIR BAGS - FRONTAL
07/21/1998
 Consumer has a complaint concerning dealer/manufacturer's. refusal to replace defective driver's air bag. *ak
 Owner states that vehicle was involved in an accident while traveling at 30 mph and there was no deployment of the driver's side airbag. owner questions the safety of the airbags. *ak
08/01/19951
 Air bag warning light came on, due to air bag being inoperative, prior to recall.(90e043004) *dsh
COMMUNICATIONS - HORN ASSEMBLY
04/01/1994312/01/1990
 The horn buttons fell off and now the driver has no horn. buick has redesigned the horn mechanism. tt at first the horn was repaird with super glue. after a year, both buttons were replaced. *yh
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
 Vehicle's dashboard becomes inoperative intermittently due to an electrical short that the dlr cannot locate.this occurs with prior warning.*ak
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
08/13/20041000001
 Vehicle hesitate d before accelerating. dealership will be notified. *ak
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
09/22/19971
 Vehicle lost all lighting while driving causing complete loss of sight.
EXTERIOR LIGHTING - HEADLIGHTS
09/22/1997
 The headlights went out while driving and the cruise control was on when the headlights went out. *ak
EXTERIOR LIGHTING - TURN SIGNAL
12/25/1996
 While driving an electrical short in the turn signal indicator, caused the steering column to smoke. replaced turn signal indicator.
POWER TRAIN
07/14/1997
 Consumer states that the speedometer display on his vehicle comes and goes . when the speedometer goes there is no way of telling the speed of vehicle. manufacturer will be contacted. *ak
POWER TRAIN - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
2
 Purchased car new, the transmission was replaced by dealer and second transmission still slips out of gear . please describe .*ak
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - ANTILOCK
 While driving and upon attemtping to stop, brake pedal got very hard, causing complete brake failure. this caused consumer to skid out into traffic. it has been an ongoing problem. consumer has contacted dealer. dealer has replaced part number 1646523, problem still occurs. please provide any further details.*ak
08/01/19987
 Anti-lock brakes continually failing, several replacements however continues to fail, almost resulting in vehicle accidents due to loss of control. mjs
 Consumer was driving try to stop there is a slow process in stopping have abs anti-lock brake system . tt
06/18/19948
 Valve bloc of abs system failed, causing loss of brakes. *tw
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS
07/30/2001
 Abs braking problem, when applying brakes there is noise and less braking power. *ak
STRUCTURE - FRAME AND MEMBERS
08/15/1997106/01/1990
 Right engine cradle rusted.