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General Motors Has Recalled the 2000-2003 Saturn L-Series

Aug 5, 2003 | The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released the following information.

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.

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