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Are There More Problems with Saturn Ions?

Tina Robinson3 years ago

The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) has uncovered a potential danger in 2004-2007 Saturn Ions that is separate from the faulty ignition switches which triggered last month’s massive General Motors recall.

Saturn Ions Experienced Power Steering Loss

A recent NLPC report questions why GM hasn’t recalled the 2004-2007 Saturn Ions that are known to have defective steering columns. The power steering problem is separate from the faulty ignition switches for which the Saturn Ion is currently being recalled.

The NLPC uncovered an investigation from December 2010 opened by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) into why Saturn Ions were alleged to suddenly lose power steering. The investigation was trigged by 846 complaints and 3,489 reports of the issue to GM.

The NHTSA investigation eventually triggered a recall of Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s to correct defective steering columns found to be the cause of the problem. That recall did not extend to the Saturn Ion, even though GM confirmed to the NHTSA that the Ion contains the same defective part.

In 2009, GM sued the maker of the part manufacturer, JTEKT, over the defective steering columns.

Why Hasn't the Saturn Ion Been Recalled?

  • At the root of the matter is why GM failed to recall the Saturn Ion even though the same defective part triggered a recall of the Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 in 2010.
  • The NLPC has sent a letter to GM CEO Mary Barra urging the automaker to recall the 2004-2007 Saturn Ion.
  • The organization also plans to notify Congress of the issue and urge them to act quickly if GM does not. 

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