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: The 2005 Ion still had power steering issues and a defective ignition switch leftover from previous model years, but hey – at least Saturn improved some of its safety rating to marginal, right? Baby steps.

If you had to buy a Saturn Ion – and I would question why anyone would even consider it – I suppose the 2005 could be considered the best of a bad bunch? I mean, GM did finally get rid of that awful VTi transmission, and both the power steering problems and ignition switch defect that plagued owners were recalled. The problem is they waited 10 years to recall the ignition and let over 30,000 warranty claims get filed before they bothered to fix the power steering. So you kind of have to wonder, is GM making these fixes to keep owners safe or just to keep government lawyers from taking all their money? You be the judge.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,151 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Saturn Ion seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 212010

Ion 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles


My girlfriend and I were in an automile accident by hitting a deer head on then losing control of the vehicle and hitting and embankment head on. We hit the embankment so hard that the 2005 Saturn Ion bounced back off and ended up in the middle of the road. The airbags never deployed and the seat belt never caught resulting my girlfriend to be injured by the steering wheel with lacerations to her chin and her teeth went through the back of her lip and also neck and back injuries from the hard impact. The insurance company totaled the car because of the front frame and underneath damage it cause. She hit so hard that the whole front end was pushed into the motor and the motor was pushed back into the firewall.

- Crossville , TN, USA

problem #4

Mar 232009


  • miles
I was rear ended and shoved into a pickup on 03/23/09 in my 2005 Saturn Ion and air bag did not deploy, seat broke and went all the way back.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 112006

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was involved in a front end collision which resulted in a total loss of my vehicle. The airbags did not deploy. (the engine was pushed back approximately 4 inches.) while I was wearing the safety belt, I sustained injuries to my head, chest, and knees.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #2

Jun 202006

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
Air bag did not deploy.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #1

Oct 072005

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,755 miles
I was in a front end collision on 10-7-2005. The other driver was driving a Ford pick--up truck F-150 Ranger. None of my airbags deployed. The truck drivers driver and passenger side air bags deployed. My Saturn was a total loss. The VIN # is as follows: [xxx]. I am concerned about the Ion airbag safety. My daughter has a 2005 Ion coupe. Please investigate this matter and inform me of results. Thank you, [xxx]. updated 07/18/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Woodstock, GA, USA

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