While it was revealed that again GM waited in issuing a recall – this time involving around 335,000 older Saturn Ions with steering problems, the NHTSA still closed the probe on the defect.
The cars are also part of the 2.6 million cars recall related to the defective ignition switch – that has so far caused at least 30 accidents and was linked to 13 deaths. Now, again, General Motors is facing criticism it decided not to act on consumer complaints that targeted the power steering issue on the Ion model from the 2004 to 2007 model-year.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, after initially opening a preliminary investigation on the matter in January 2010 has moved to close the ensuing probe after GM finally recalled the cars last month.
“GM indicated that steering control can be maintained in manual (unassisted) steering mode, but would require greater driver effort at low vehicle speeds, which could increase the risk of a crash,” according to the NHTSA documents.
The Ion 2004 to 2007 model-year was among the 1.5 million cars (six models) GM recalled on March 31 for the potential failure of the assisted steering system – and along with the Chevrolet Cobalt and HHR, is also involved in the defective ignition-switch recall.