Should GM Have Recalled the Saturn Ion Over Steering Issues?

2007 Saturn Ion

Last March, General Motors recalled 1.3 million 2005-10 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2007-10 Pontiac G5 vehicles over a faulty power-steering system. Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating whether the Saturn Ion should have been a part of that recall.

In the affected vehicles, the electric power assist could fail, increasing the risk of a crash, according to NHTSA. The Ion wasn’t part of the recall, but after 638 complaints and 1,444 warranty claims of electric power-steering loss, the agency is rethinking a potential recall for all 384,000 2004-07 Ions.

General Motors rebukes the need for a recall. According to the automaker, a power-steering failure shouldn’t increase the risk of accident; the car should still be controllable despite the increased steering effort. GM also says the Ion failure rate has been much lower than that of the recalled Cobalts and G5s, and if the Ion experiences power-steering failure, the system will be repaired free-of-charge if the vehicle is under warranty. In April, the automaker made NHTSA aware of the Saturn Ion issue, which was one month after the Cobalt and G5 recall.

Eleven crashes and three injuries have been tied to the power-steering failures, according to NHTSA. The agency will continue to closely monitor the situation. According to the New York Times, the level of complaints and accidents may now warrant potential recall action.

Should G.M. Have Recalled Saturn Ions for Steering Failures? (New York Times)

By Colin Bird | December 28, 2010 | Comments (9)

Comments 

I think there should be a recall, if they made it known that there is an issue. can you imagine the consumers that have this vehicle this time of year, wondering if the steering will go out. not to mention if they have family in the vehicle with them. RECALL the vehicle and fix the problem before it become real major.

Ira

GM makes one phone call to the White House and they're not subject to all of the recall rules. It's funny how that works.

Troy S.

I'd like to recall the tax payer money that was lost when GM's bankruptcy and subsequent shut down of Saturn and Pontiac occured. It's not a big secret that it was going to happen anyway.

Dan

Um, GM doesn't own Saturn and never did own Saturn. "Old GM" owns and has owned Saturn. Shouldn't they be the one dealing with the issue?

bob

I am sorry, but if you cant control your vehicle without power steering you should not be driving. The steering itself does not stop working, the power assist stops working. For how long cars did not even have this feature.

Troy S.

Dan,

What's the difference between "Old GM" and New GM?

Answer: Billions of lost Taxpayer's money and much of the same leadership and Union bafoonery.

Can I remove all of my debt by changing my name too?

nate

i have a saturn ION and i was onthe interstate when my power steering went out on me .i had my chldren in the car. now im scared to drive it . it goes out almost every 5 mnutes. i have to turn the vehicle off then restart it to get it back to normal. i do this at ever light or stop sign.. there needs to be a recall.

Denise

I have a 2005 Saturn ION and am having the same issues with the power steering going off while driving and alarm comes on with PWR STR in the dash warning. It happens often and I have to pull over to turn off car and restart. HELP!! this is a dangerous situation and I am not finding much in way of help on the internet. My car recently turned 100,000 miles but I still think the company should make good on this part. Please let me know if you find answers - thank you.

RICHARD

This was my wife's work car until the steering went bad. She can't manage to turn it any longer. I am 68 yrs old and I have all I can handle just get get it out of driveway. Scares the beegeebers out of me on the road. Sorry to see SATURN go, Thanks OBAMA....

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