NHTSA Opens Engineering Analysis for Saturn Ion Steering Issue
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that it has already received 4,000 complaints regarding the loss of power steering so, it has opened the engineering analysis that delves into issues of cars from model years 2004 through 2007.
According to the NHTSA, the loss of power steering has resulted in the drivers having to deal with increased effort to turn the wheel. At least two of the crash claims indicated the driver was injured.
Saturn used to be a brand of the old GM, and a company spokesperson has said they are cooperating with the investigation.
In 2010, GM recalled over a million Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s to address an issue with the electronic power steering assist motor, according to NHTSA. The defect was described as a buildup of brush debris mixed with oily material that caused the motor to stop functioning. The same issue seems to be taking place with the Saturn Ion as well. A total of about 382,000 vehicles could end up having to be recalled due to this issue.
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Last year, I got a letter from GM which basically said, "Your Ion's power steering may fail at any time while you are driving, but don't worry, we've extended the warranty on it if it does fail."
For some reason,. GM didn't mention how they would help fix the rest of any accident damage. Uggh.
I'm thinking...shouldn't this be a mandatory recall?