General Motors has initiated a recall for the 2002-2004 Saturn Vue, for yet another ignition-key-related issue—this one potentially an issue when the vehicle is parked.
In these models, the ignition key could possibly be removed while it's not in the 'off' position; that could cause a rollaway situation that could injure the driver, passengers, or those surrounding the vehicle.
The automaker says that it's aware of two crashes and one injury related to the issue.
To remedy the issue, dealerships will inspect the assembly for binding of the key, and as necessarily they'll replace the ignition cylinder and key set.
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The early Vue, from these model years, already has some notoriety for being relatively trouble-prone model. Many of these models, if equipped with the early VTi continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), already had a very high rate of (costly) transmission failure, and were subject to a 2008 class-action settlement.
Those with potentially affected vehicles should contact Saturn customer assistance at 800-553-6000.