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GM Saturn Ion Recall

GM Recalls Nearly 500,000 Saturn Ion Vehicles

Thomas J. Henry is investigating reports of wrongful death, injury and diminution of value in connection to General Motor’s Saturn Ion recall.

In February, General Motors issued a nationwide recall for 478,834 Saturn Ions equipped with defective ignition switches which could cause the vehicles’ engines to inadvertently shut off, even when the cars are in motion.

Additionally, the automaker has determined that the defect could result in the loss of integral safety features, like power steering and anti-lock brakes, and can even prevent airbags from deploying in the event of a collision.

The defect has resulted in dozens of collisions and multiple deaths.


  • Year models affected by the Saturn Ion recall include:
    • 96,358 2003 Saturn Ions (manufactured from 06/01/2002 through 07/24/2003)
    • 121,107 2004 Saturn Ions (manufactured from 04/29/2003 through 08/07/2004)
    • 71,024 2005 Saturn Ions (manufactured from 04/27/2004 through 06/06/2005)
    • 96,227 2006 Saturn Ions (manufactured from 04/13/2005 through 05/05/2006)
    • 94,118 2007 Saturn Ions (manufactured from 04/05/2006 through 03/28/2007)
  • According to recall information, jolting events, bumpy roads, or even a heavy key ring can cause the faulty ignition switches to shift out of the “run” position and into the “off” or “accessory” positions, cutting power to the engine.
  • The Saturn Ion recall is part of a larger recall affecting five General Motor models.
  • GM claims that 13 deaths and 34 collisions have been attributed to the overall recall.
  • The Center for Auto Safety claims that up to 303 deaths have been linked to airbag failures in recalled Saturn Ions and Chevrolet Cobalts.


  • General Motors is facing multiple federal and congressional investigations regarding their handling of the recall.
  • Reports indicate that GM knew about the ignition defect as early as 2001, when it was reported in a Saturn Ion in the pre-production phase.
  • U.S. law requires that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) be made aware of any defects within five days of their discovery.
  • GM attempted to avoid a recall by asking dealers to provide a “technical service bulletin” to customers, but only if the customers complained of any issue.
  • Recalls for the Saturn Ions were delayed until two weeks after the initial recall concerning Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s were made on February 13, 2014.


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