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NHTSA 05-98
February 8, 1999 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


General Motors Corporation

Models: Saturn Z Years: 1996-1997

Number Involved: 64,199

Dates of Manufacture: July 1995 - February 1997

Defect: These vehicles were serviced or produced with a horn assembly which may fail. Under certain conditions, heat can build up within the assembly and an underhood fire could result.  The horn could also either become inoperable or activate without the driver pressing the horn button.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the horn assembly. Owner notification began during December 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Saturn at 1-800-553-6000. [NHTSA Recall No. 98V307/ GM Recall No. 98C01]

NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under federal law, safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 70 percent of the owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.