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November 1, 1999

2000 SC, SW and SL Model Saturns Recalled

Washington, DC (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today published three recalls affecting over 8,000 model 2000 SC, SW and SL Saturns.

All three recalls affects those vehicles manufactured between June - August 1999.

The first recall was issued because these vehicles do not comply with requirements of FMVSS No. 208, "Occupant Crash Protection." Some of these vehicles were manufactured with welds in the instrument panel carrier assembly that were not strong enough to allow the vehicles to meet the sled test performance requirements. A front seat occupant, particularly an unbelted occupant, may have an increased risk of injury in a frontal crash.

Dealers will repair the vehicle's instrument panel carrier assembly.

Reference: NHTSA Recall No. 99V230/GM Recall No. 99051/00-C-04

The second recall was issued because these vehicles do not comply with requirements of FMVSS No. 135, "Light Vehicle Brake Systems." These vehicles were produced with brake pipe attachment nuts that may not be tightened properly. If the brake pipe nuts are not properly tightened, brake fluid leakage could occur, which could affect the vehicles' performance.

Dealers will inspect the brake pipe nuts for leakage, verify the nuts are tightened to specifications, and replace the brake pipes if needed.

Reference: NHTSA Recall No. 99V231/GM Recall No. 99053/00-C-05

The third recall was issued because these vehicles do not comply with requirements of 49 CFR Part 581, "Bumper Standard." These vehicles were produced with rear bumper fasteners that could be loose or missing. If the fasteners are loose or missing, the rear bumper may not absorb energy as it was designed to do in the event of a rear end collision.

Dealers will inspect to see whether the rear bumper beam fasteners are present and properly tightened and, if missing, install new fasteners.

Reference: NHTSA Recall No. 99V232/GM Recall No. 99054/00-C-06

Owner notification began in late August 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Saturn at 1-800-553-6000, prompt-3.

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