April 3, 2002
GM Has Recalled Many Makes and Models
- General Motors Corp. has been reported to
announced that it is recalling 1.9 million passenger cars because
of a possible steering column problem.
The world's largest automaker wants to service 1995-97 Chevrolet Cavalier
and Pontiac Sunfire and 1996-97 Buick Skylark, Pontiac Grand Am and
Oldsmobile Achieva cars in an effort to prevent high electrical current flow
through the ignition switch that may cause a fire in the steering column.
There have been no reports of fires while the vehicles are driven, GM is
reported to have said. But in some cases — within minutes of an unsuccessful
attempt to start the car — there have been some claims of smoke inhalation,
the automaker was reported to have said.
Some of the incidents occurred after the car had been unattended for a
``The ignition switch may deteriorate if the engine fails to crank and the
driver holds the key in the `start' position for an extended period,'' Lori
Queen, a GM small car vehicle line executive is reported to have said.
``High current flows through the ignition switch sometimes produces enough
heat to melt internal switch parts.''
GM has been reported to have notified owners about the recall and the
precautions they should take until their vehicles are repaired.
Buick, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac dealers will install a low current
relay into the ignition circuit. The repairs will be performed at no cost to
No. 02V070/GM Recall No. 02008]
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
CAMPAIGN ID Number.
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
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