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: When it comes to the 2006 Ion, the biggest questions are: what big problem is going to pop up next? And how long until GM chooses to address it?

The 2006 Ion has a defective ignition switch that gave owners fits. Their keys would get stuck in the ignition, the engine wouldn’t shut off or in some cases it would shut off at the most dangerous time. The ignition was eventually recalled as part of one of the largest recalls of all-time , but it took GM 10 years to do it. Then there’s this car’s temperamental power steering which is prone to stop working randomly while driving. It too was eventually recalled, even if GM took their sweet time about it.

Lastly, it turns out a car built with plastic doors, fenders and bumpers – while fun for a game of “shopping cart bocce” – is horrible for safety.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,000 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.

2006 Saturn Ion engine problems

engine problem

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2006 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 202007

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles


- the contact stated that while driving the 2006 Saturn Ion with 14000 failure mileage at 30 mph and passing another vehicle going up hill and without warning the accelerator pedal got stuck and the vehicle was catapulted up hill 90 mph. The contact stomped on the gas pedal to get it to unstuck, but the speed did not change. The contact then applied the brake with force with no change in speed. While driving, and still going up hill the contact put the vehicle in neutral, was pressing on the brake and pulled up the emergency brake all at once and the vehicle came to a stop sideways just before the guard rail. The vehicle had to be towed and had not been repaired. Returned usps, 2nd attempt made 06/16/07 failed. * lj.

- Florence, KY, USA

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