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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 systems.

Catalytic converters reduce hydrocarbons (HC), carbon monoxide  (CO), and nitrogen oxides (NOx) as these gases are being expelled through a vehicle’s 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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Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

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