May 2005 - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a recall affecting the tail lights and brake lights in more than 300,000 2000-2004 Saturn L-Series sedans and wagons. The recall was initiated as a direct result of a petition NCCC filed on behalf of consumers in 2003.
NCCC began receiving complaints in 2001 about defective tail lamp assemblies on certain early model Saturn L-Series vehicles. Responding to what we saw as a safety hazard to motorists and a consumer repair issue, we contacted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in Washington, D.C. requesting an investigation and possible recall.
On May 31, 2005, NHTSA agreed that a safety defect was present in the tail lamp assemblies of all 2000 through 2002 Saturn L-Series sedans and 2000 through 2004 Saturn L-series wagons. The cause is attributed to the tail lamp housing melting when the lamps remain on for extended periods of time, causing brake light failure.
Approximately 306,000 vehicles were recalled in the United States and Canada for this condition. The recall began in the fall of 2005. Dealers will install a socket reinforcement and new socket, and in some cases may install a new tail lamp assembly.