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1997 OLDSMOBILE ACHIEVA Recall - Campaign #02V070000

 
Auto Recalls For Consumers

1997 OLDSMOBILE ACHIEVA RECALL - #02V070000

RECALL FOR ELECTRICAL SYSTEM : IGNITION : SWITCH

ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES. IF THE ENGINE FAILS TO START AND THE DRIVER HOLDS THE KEY IN THE "START" POSITION FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD, HIGH CURRENT FLOWS THROUGH THE IGNITION SWITCH, AND SOMETIMES PRODUCES ENOUGH HEAT TO MELT INTERNAL SWITCH PARTS.

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Recall Details
Vehicle 1997 OLDSMOBILE ACHIEVA
Manufacturer GENERAL MOTORS CORP.
Manufactured between 6/1/1996 - 7/31/1997
Recalled on 3/25/2002
Influenced by OFFICE OF DEFECTS INVESTIGATION
Owners Notified on 3/27/2002
# Affected 1,589,948
Recalled for ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION:SWITCH
 
Description ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES. IF THE ENGINE FAILS TO START AND THE DRIVER HOLDS THE KEY IN THE "START" POSITION FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD, HIGH CURRENT FLOWS THROUGH THE IGNITION SWITCH, AND SOMETIMES PRODUCES ENOUGH HEAT TO MELT INTERNAL SWITCH PARTS.
Consequences IF THE SWITCH IS DAMAGED, A FIRE COULD OCCUR IN THE STEERING COLUMN, EVEN WITH THE ENGINE OFF AND THE KEY REMOVED.
Corrective action DEALERS WILL INSTALL A RELAY KIT IN THESE VEHICLES TO PREVENT HIGH CURRENT FROM FLOWING THROUGH THE IGNITION SWITCH. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN MARCH 27, 2002. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-222-1020, PONTIAC AT 1-800-762-2737, BUICK AT 1-800-521-7300, OR OLDSMOBILE AT 1-800-442-6537.
Notes CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
See also 1997 OLDSMOBILE ACHIEVA Recall for ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, WIRING, FRONT UNDERHOOD
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Comments

9/8/2010 - Alis Seim
I really enjoy my achieva even though I had problems with the abs light also the problem was solved when we put in a new sensor switch, it was easier than changing the thermostat. The biggest problem I have had with my '97, is
rust all the fuel lines, fuel tank, brake lines,had to be replaced. Then the radiator went the plastic could not withstand the extreme weather changes since I brought the car from PA to AZ. I love the twin cams but hate the steering my daughter has a vehicle a lot larger and it turns on a dime (GMC), but this achieva turns like a semi when I need to do a u-turn.

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