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Old 06-29-2017, 06:46 PM   #1
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Default Pitman arm recall dates 6/15-12/16 not accurate?

I have a CPP pitman arm that came with a CPP 500 box I purchased 1/09 and it clearly has a ball that is not straight and not seated properly. These dates you posted 6/15 through 12/16 are no where close to my purchase date. This clearly indicates the problem goes back many years with the ball not being correctly installed on these arms. My pictures clearly show the ball is not welded top or bottom. It is my opinion you need to go back at least as far as 1/09 with your recall based on the unsafe assembly quality of the arm in my possession. Anyone that suspects they have a CPP pitman arm on their car should inspect it very closely ASAP for defects regardless of when it was made.

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Classic Performance Products, Inc.
378 E. Orangethorpe Ave.
Placentia, CA. 92870

June 2017
THIS IS AN IMPORTANT VOLUNTARY SAFETY RECALL.
What is the reason for this notice? Our records indicate that between June 2015 and December 2016 you purchased or received CPP part number #5557PA-M Manual Steering Pitman Arm for 1955-57 Chevy car. These were purchased separately or as a component of the steering kits below. These could have been purchased directly thru CPP or thru an authorized CPP dealer. Some inconsistencies in the manufacturing process have been discovered and have raised serious concerns about the integrity of the pitman arm supplied during that time.
How to identify the problem? Inspect your pitman arm to see if it’s welded on the bottom of the ball stud (the side nearest the road) as well as the upper side near the base of the ball stud. If your pitman arm is not welded on the upper side nearest the base of the ball stud, to avoid accident, serious injury or death, discontinue operating your vehicle until the inspection and identification process of your pitman arm has been completed.
What should you do next, who do you contact? Please contact CPP directly at 1-800-522-5004 your steering system installer or the CPP dealer that you purchased the pitman arm from. Please have as much information as possible regarding your purchase to assist us in the identification process of your pitman arm.
We would like to take this time to offer our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us directly at 1-800-522-5004 or email us at [email protected].
Thank you,
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Nice touch with the stars and stripes as the back drop.
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im not much on steering parts and i have gotten emails saying i purchased these from cpp on the pictures you provided what exactly am i looking for and is the problem with these units in you pics??crazy thing i just had my front end alignment done and was thinking the car seemed to be drifting thanks ion advance
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my problem is i have bought so many parts , dont know were it came from , and they all sell CCP parts , what do i do ?
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my problem is i have bought so many parts , dont know were it came from , and they all sell CCP parts , what do i do ?
If it don't have the GM casting numbers on it take it off and get an original GM arm to replace it with.
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im not much on steering parts and i have gotten emails saying i purchased these from cpp on the pictures you provided what exactly am i looking for and is the problem with these units in you pics??crazy thing i just had my front end alignment done and was thinking the car seemed to be drifting thanks ion advance
If you look at the pictures I posted you will see the void at the base of the ball where it is clearly not installed into the arm straight and not welded on top or bottom. The original thread which has been locked has pictures of arms that the ball came out of and the car lost its steering, Luckily the steering loss was at very low speed and no damage was done as far as we know.

Lots of pictures of the failure and discussion in this thread.

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Nice touch with the stars and stripes as the back drop.
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so the GM casting on the bottom side so you can see it ? i may have not changed mine , not really much to ware out ?
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..Here is a pic of the two pitman arms that were used...The one on the left is p/n 3719487...The other one is p/n 3709877.

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