Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Ahh, the 2004 Saturn Ion: defective transmission, deadly ignition switch, temperamental power steering and a cheap plastic exterior that won’t protect you in a crash. What more could you want?

The 2004 Ion was part of GM’s massive ignition switch recall where it was revealed they waited 10 years – and let 13 people die – before doing anything about it. It also features GM’s now infamous VTi continuously variable transmission. Let me tell you, the only thing the VTi did continuously was fail on its owners. GM scrapped it after only two model years.


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2004 Saturn Ion seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 122004

Ion 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Picked up my brand new Saturn Ion-2 on 11 Aug 04 at 6:30 P.M. from the Saturn of fayetteville, nc dealership. Rove the vehicle to take my daughter to school on 12 Aug O4. 12 Aug 04, milage at the time of incident: 56 miles hile driving at approximately 35 mph preparing to make a left-hand turn, the air bag ready light came on. It remained on for 10-15 seconds. After making a left hand turn, while traveling approximately 8 miles per hour, the air bag ready light came on again, and remaind on for approximately 10-15 seconds. 3 Aug 04. Vehicle milage at the time of incident: 87 miles the next day while driving the vehicle to the Saturn dealership for a service check, the air bag ready light came on again and remained on fro approximately 10-15 seconds.. vehicle milage :102 at time of service the Saturn service depatement told me that they could find no indication that the light ever came on, but if it happened again, then bring it back.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

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