Auto Recalls for Consumers

1997 PONTIAC SUNFIRE Recall - Campaign #02V070000

 
Auto Recalls For Consumers

1997 PONTIAC SUNFIRE 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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Vehicle 1997 PONTIAC SUNFIRE
Manufacturer GENERAL MOTORS CORP.
Manufactured between 7/1/1996 - 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 PONTIAC SUNFIRE Recall for WHEELS, SPACE SAVER WHEEL

1997 PONTIAC SUNFIRE Recall for STRUCTURE, BODY

1997 PONTIAC SUNFIRE Recall for AIR BAGS

1997 PONTIAC SUNFIRE Recall for SUSPENSION, REAR

1997 PONTIAC SUNFIRE Recall for STEERING, RACK AND PINION
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