Pontiac Firebird 1978

Model Firebird made in 1978 by Pontiac got 3 consumer complains there is 1 investigation as well as 2 recalls. Consumer complaints with reference, among others things, to electrical system, tires. The car had one investigation (vehicle speed control). There were some recalls concerningengine and engine cooling, equipment.

Model 1978


CampaignManufacturerManufacturing dateType# of units affectedDate Owner notified MfgRecall Initiated byManufacturers of recalled vehicles/productsReport Recieved DateRecord Creation DateRegulation Part NumberFMVSS Number
78V139000GENERAL MOTORS CORP.from 08/01/1977 to 01/01/1978V (Vehicle)33361906/19/1978MFRGENERAL MOTORS CORP.06/13/197810/12/1979
Defect SummaryThe hub portion of the fan blade assembly could crack due to high stress levels generated during engine operating conditions. eventually, the blade could break apart at the hub and blade pieces could be propelled into the engine. if the hood is open while the engine is running, the fragments would be free to fly from the vehicle.
Consequence Summary
Corrective SummaryDealer will replace the fan blade assembly without charge to owner.
NotesVehicle description: passenger vehicles.system: engine cooling; fan blade assembly.consequences of defect: fan failure could result in damage to components in theengine area, or personal injury to bystanders if the hood is open at the time.note: the vehicle should not be serviced with the hood open and the enginerunning until the defect is corrected.
07E088000HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC. E (Equipment)12168011/08/2007MFRGENERAL MOTORS CORP.10/24/200710/30/2007
Defect SummaryCertain honeywell fram racing brand hp4 and hp8 oil filters that were manufactured from may 25, 2006, through september 14, 2007, and sold for use as replacement equipment for vehicles list above. the affected filters are marked with a date code a61451 through a72571 sequentially. the date code and part number appear on the filter housing. fram racing hp4 and hp8 oil filters not bearing a date code in this range are not affected by this recall. the gasket of the oil filter becomes more pliable under high temperatures and pressures.
Consequence SummaryThis condition may cause inadequate sealing and loss of engine oil, possibly resulting in a fire.
Corrective SummaryHoneywell will replace the affected oil filters free of charge. the recall began during november 2007. owners can contact fram customer service toll-free at 1-800-890-2075.
NotesCustomers may 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.


NHTSA IDManufacturerDate openDate closeSubjectRecall campaign
 Fuel leakage at filler neck

Consumer Complaints

Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
 Was there a recall on pontiac firebirds for hot starting problems because the starter and solenoid being mounted on the engine block, close too the exhaust manifold? it occurs when the heat from the engine block and exhaust manifold effect the starter solenoid so that no charge gets through to the starter. as a result, the car will not start until the solenoid cools down. why can't the solenoid be mounted elsewhere? i believe that gm never addressed the hot starting problem it is a danger, especially if one breaks down on a busy highway with inadequate shoulders or cannot get to a shoulder. being unable to restart the vehicle could create a traffic hazard. additionally in emergencies (medical or natural disaster), one will not be able to move the effected vehicle because of this problem. sincerely, john oliva. *jb
 My original 1978 pontiac fb forum on occasion has hot starting problems (meaning the vehicle will not start until the starter solenoid cools down). this heat related problem is caused by the starter solenoid being to close to the hot exhaust manifold. my concern is if the vehicle breaks down on the road without a shoulder and can't start, it might obstruct traffic and be a possible hazard, moreover if it can't start due to heating problem during another type of emergency such as a flood or tsunami it could be disastrous. why doesn't gm fix this problem on all auto's effected with hot starting problems, by moving the solenoid off the starter to a location where it will not receive heat.? luckily, my problem occurred in a parking lot after shopping. thank you, sincerely, john oliva 09/11/2005. *jb
 The sidewall of the tires ripped and bubbled up. *jb

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