GM Received 152 Reports of Problematic Saturn VUE Vehicles Covered in a Previous Recall

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About a month ago we reported that General Motors announced 5 recall campaigns, with the biggest of the lot involving 202,115 units of the 2002 - 2004 Saturn VUE crossover. Fast-forward a month since then and General Motors announces that it received 152 reports regarding the problem that affects the model.
Specifically, about 215,243 VUEs, of which 205k are located in the United States, have an ignition key that's easy to remove from the ignition switch, even when it's not in the 'off' position. The NHTSA was informed by GM that it's aware of two crashes and one injury related to this truly worrying issue.

If the key happens to slip out of the ignition switch while the car is being driven, that would translate to power steering loss and other consequences that increase the risk of a crash. If the automatic transmission is not in 'park' or if the parking brake isn't engaged on vehicles fitted with a manual gearbox when this occurs, this could result in an accident.

Those 152 reports from unhappy owners of the Saturn VUE claim exactly what the manufacturer announced it could happen: cars rolling away and keys effortlessly removed when the key was not in the 'off' position. GM said it will announce owners of the recalled vehicles. If you own one but haven't been notified yet by General Motors, then we urge you to call Saturn customer service at 1-800-553-6000.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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