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March 20, 2001

Buick Skylark, Oldsmobile Achieva and Pontiac Grand Am Automobiles Recalled

Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting the 1994-1995 Buick Skylark, Oldsmobile Achieva and Pontiac Grand Am automobiles.  The affected automobiles were manufactured between May 1993 and June 1995.

If the engine starter fails to engage and the driver hold the key in the "start" position for an extended period, high current flows through the ignition switch, producing heat that can melt switch parts.

A fire could occur in the steering column and spread to the interior of the car.

699,617 automobiles are affected by this recall.

Dealers will install a relay kit and verify that the vehicle will start with a properly charged battery in good operating condition (adequate reserve capacity, or cold cranking amps). This campaign does NOT cover battery replacement or unrelated starting system or electrical system repairs.

Owner notification began December 19, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Buick at 1-800-521-7300; Oldsmobile at 1-800-442-6537; or Pontiac at 1-800-762-2737. Also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

[NHTSA Recall No. 00V287000/Mfg.   #: 00079]

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers March 20, 2001.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

Important Note Regarding Auto Recalls
Frequently SafetyAlerts will list auto recalls before
your dealer will know about them. If you have a vehicle
affected by one of these posted recalls be sure and
write down the NHTSA 
If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
check, ask them how they are notified of recalls and
when the next update is due.

Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

How many did you hear about?

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