August 5, 2003
General Motors Has Recalled the 2000-2003 Saturn L-Series
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released the
General Motors Corporation
Models: Saturn L-Series Years: 2000-2003
Number Potentially Involved: 239,993
Dates of Manufacture: June 1999 ? June 2003
Defect: On certain passenger vehicles equipped with 2.2L L4 (L61) engines, a
failure of the ignition control module may cause deterioration in idle
quality, reduction in overall engine power, and the vehicle may be hard to
start. Continued operation of the vehicle after such an ignition module
failure will result in the ?Service Engine Soon? light flashing, and may
lead to secondary failures of the catalytic converter, oxygen sensor, and
exhaust resonator. Failure of the resonator will cause increased exhaust
noise. Prolonged operation of the vehicle following a resonator failure may
lead to a fire.
Remedy: Dealers will (1) replace the ignition control module, (2) replace
the ignition control module and spark plugs, or (3) replace the ignition
control module, spark plugs, and update the powertrain control module
calibration. Until parts become available, owners are being sent a letter
advising what should be done in the interim. When parts become available,
owners will be advised to contact their dealers for appointments to have
their vehicles repaired. Parts should be available during September 2003.
Owners may contact Saturn at 1-800-553-6000, prompt #3.
[NHTSA Recall No. 03V231/GM Recall No. 03033/Saturn Recall No. 03-C-06].
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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