November 23, 1999
1994 Saturns Recalled for Pollution Control
Sacramento, CA (SafetyAlerts) - The California Air
Resources Board (ARB) today announced the recall of 2,700 1994 Saturn automobiles to
replace the catalytic converters, a key component in automobile air pollution control
Catalytic converters reduce hydrocarbons (HC),
carbon monoxide (CO), and nitrogen oxides (NOx) as these gases are being expelled
through a vehicles exhaust system. The vehicles being recalled have catalytic
converters that, in some cases, have loose internal components that are subject to shaking
and breaking apart.
All work in this recall will be performed at
no cost to the vehicle owners, said ARB Chairman Dr. Alan C. Lloyd. General
Motors (GM), the owner of Saturn, will absorb recall expenses, Lloyd said.
The ARB negotiated the recall with GM after
routine reports from the auto-maker showed that more than 1,100 defective catalysts had
already been replaced on 1994 Saturns. GM was able to pinpoint the vehicles with
potentially defective catalysts and target them for recall.
Had the original catalysts not been replaced and
ultimately failed, ARB staff estimated an additional one ton of HC, 13 tons of CO and two
tons of NOx would have been added to California's air in the first year after failure.
GM will mail recall letters to vehicle owners the
week of November 22. Owners with questions should call Saturn at 1-800-553-6000
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During 2001 there were over
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