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Saturn Ion May Possess Steering-Related Safety Issue

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On: Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 11:54AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Saturn Ion May Possess Steering-Related Safety Issue

Some Saturn Ion owners and operators may be having problems with their vehicles' power steering performance. The problem could stem from a lack of power fluid in the reservoir, a bad fuse, or some faulty wiring. Ion owners may have to take their cars into a General Motors service shop so they can switch out any faulty parts that may be present.

The Ions involved in the safety recall are model years 2004 to 2007. There are approximately 385,000 of these cars in circulation that could potentially have the steering defect. There have been well over 600 complaints made to U.S. auto-safety regulators by Ion drivers who indicated that they experienced a sudden loss of power steering.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there have been four reports of motor vehicle accidents that have been attributed to this problem, one that involved injuries. General Motors, which owned Saturn but did away with the brand last year, has received 7 notifications of related crashes, two of which involved personal injuries.

GM spokesman Alan Adler indicated that Ion owners have already been contacted about the recall, and that drivers who have no power steering-assist capability are invited to go ahead and have the repairs done free of charge.

Josh Mitchell, writer for the Wall Street Journal, reports in an online article that this electronic power steering-assist system issue is much like problems that occurred in a separate GM recall that was previously announced, where the faulty components caused drivers to “experience a sudden loss of assist.”

Presently, federal safety regulators are conducting an investigation related to the steering malfunctions. Karen Aldana, spokeswoman for the NHTSA, declined to add any information beyond that which has already been posted on their website.

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