NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Switch Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,250 miles

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2002 Saturn SL electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Saturn SL Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 272014


  • 230,000 miles


Ignition switch is hard to impossible to turn on and once the car is running the key will turn to the off position and with the key extracted from the lock the engine continues to run.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #3

Feb 052007


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Saturn Sl. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled on numerous occasions. The contact mentioned that the visibility was low on the high beams and the lights on the instrument panel failed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 03V231000 (electrical system) and NHTSA campaign id number: 05V158000 (exterior lighting). The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 082014

SL 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Ignition switch fails causes steering wheel to lock and or unable to turn on car.

- Grayslake, IL, USA

problem #1

May 102006


  • miles
Ignition switch-lock mechanism is bad. Mechanic states this has been an on- going problem. Replacing whole ignition system, progressively gotten worse since around 50,000 mile mark. Problem occurs every time car is started.

- Grandville, MI, USA

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