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: With the 2007 model year we finally get to bid adieu to a car famous for poor safety marks, a dangerously defective ignition and power steering that would work … sometimes.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,944 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.

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2007 Saturn Ion steering problems

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2007 Saturn Ion Owner Comments (Page 18 of 18)

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problem #18

Feb 132010


  • 75,000 miles


2007 Saturn Ion, pwr str lights comes on, steering wheel freezes. Consequences = trying to maintain control of a moving vehicle with limited steering. You would have to pull over and turn the automobile off and then back on for the light to go off and steering works fine, however it happens again 5 minutes later. I contacted Saturn however they are aware but have not had enough complaints from NHTSA yet to put it on their recall list.

- Ofallon, MO, USA

problem #17

Feb 122010


  • 58,125 miles
1 - 2 weeks ago my steering got very stiff and almost caused me to under compensate in a turn at an intersection. My warning signal and message indicated a power steering problem. 2 - the problem corrects itself when I turn the engine off but reappears shortly after we turn the engine back on. 3 - this vehicle is a 2007 GM Saturn Ion. I contacted the GM dealership who is handling the Saturn in baton rouge about the problem but have not brought it in yet. I have noticed that there is a recall issued today (3/2/10) -- -- by GM on certain compacts but it doesn't include the 2007 Saturn Ion. Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

- Albany, LA, USA

problem #16

Jun 152009


  • 40,000 miles
The power steering on my 2007 Saturn Ion failed at 40,000 miles.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #15

Feb 012010


  • 43,232 miles


Electrical power steering went out in my 2007 Saturn Ion coup. The car became very difficult to drive.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #14

Jul 012008


  • 65,000 miles
The power steering of my 2007 Saturn Ion sedan has failed and it is very difficult and dangerous to turn the steering wheel at low speeds. Apparently, this is a major problem that GM has not yet addressed!

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #13

Jan 292010


  • 12,200 miles
Our 2007 Saturn Ion with 12,000 miles lost steering control due to short circuit in steering assist motor. The loss of the power assist while in the mountains resulted 90% steering loss and almost lost control of vehicle. Last year in a similar auto owned by our family the 2006 Chevy cobalt lost power steering assist but shorted out while the car was on but parked. I am surprised no safety recalls have been issued.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #12

Dec 112009


  • 77,705 miles


Saturn Ion (07) suddenly loses steering while driving and "pwr str" is displayed on the odometer. The vehicle chimes 3-4 times in rapid succession and by the end of that chiming, the steering wheel is completely locked.

- Hillsboro, NH, USA

problem #11

Dec 142009


  • 77,705 miles
2007 Saturn Ion steering locks up while driving, causing unsafe conditions.

- Hillsboro, NH, USA

problem #10

Sep 302009


  • 36,000 miles
Gas accelerating on it's on in a Saturn Ion 2007 causing wreck 2 times, fuse blew in power steering causing wreck 1 time.

- Gilbert, WV, USA

problem #9

Sep 202009


  • 57,873 miles
My wheel began to be hard to turn. The power steering went out in the car. This is a 2007 car so why has it gone out so fast and this is so expensive to fix due to this is an electric problem now and this is making my arm and shoulders hurt.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #8

May 112009


  • 35,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While driving 35 mph the steering column locked. She then put the vehicle into neutral to resume normal vehicle operation. However after several minutes of driving the vehicle failed again.. the vehicle was taken to the dealer multiple times for inspection. Since the technicians could not duplicate the failure they could not provide a remedy. An independent mechanic concluded power steering module needed to be repaired at her expense. The failure mileage was 35000 and current mileage was 54000.

- Buena Park , CA, USA

problem #7

Oct 032009


  • 42,515 miles
Power steering suddenly became inoperable while vehicle was in motion. The steering then becomes functional again after the car is shut off and re-started. The danger is that it malfunctions randomly while driving, and is very dangerous. Research indicates that the problem is widespread with this vehicle.

- Bethlehem, GA, USA

problem #6

Aug 312009


  • 50,200 miles
"pwr str" was displayed on the odometer and the power steering immediately went out. After turning the vehicle off and back on, the power steering worked fine but every time after driving for more than a few minutes, the same thing happens and I lose power steering again.

- Riverside, NJ, USA

problem #5

Aug 072009


  • 58,000 miles
I have had my 2007 Saturn for almost 3 years my power steering went out on the car. I have a 100,000 mile or 5 year warranty and Saturn is saying it's not covered under my warranty because the power steering is electric. Now I've that's a common problem with Saturn. And I'm sorry but it's very dangerous driving without power steering. So does this mean every 3 years I'm going to have to pay 700 hundred dollars to have it fixed. The power steering cuts in and out and sometimes while I'm turning. I could get slammed by another car because all the sudden my car loses it's power steering.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #4

Jun 302009


  • 45,000 miles
We have a 2007 Saturn Ion with 45,000 miles. Yesterday the power steering motor went out. Motor is part of the steering column so we have to have it all replaced. Quote by a Saturn dealer is $1000. We talked to a local, reputable, mechanic and he informed us that driving the car in such a condition could result in the car catching on fire from the heat generated from turning without the power assist. This is an ongoing issue going back several year models of Ion's. we do not feel we should have to pay to have a safety issue fixed on the car. There should be a recall.

- Tecumseh, OK, USA

problem #3

Aug 212008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,780 miles
TL - the contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. Since purchasing the vehicle a thumping sound has been coming from the steering column. The steering became very tight and hard when making a right turn. When making a left turn the steering was very easy. When taken to a dealer the diagnosis was that the complete steering column needs to be replaced. The contact filed a complaint with General Motors and the reference number is 716555540051. The current mileage was 45,780. Kg updated 10/03/08 updated 10/15/08.

- Locust Grove, GA, USA

problem #2

Oct 172006

Ion 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6 miles
Upon purchase of vehicle, over driveway slopes, or other road bumps vehicle has loud popping and clunking noise. Vehicle also has popping noise and feeling under feet of driver and passenger while steering at stand still or while driving...vehicle when experiencing road hazards that cause braking action while steering locks up and jolts forward causing loss of control of vehicle for random time amounts. All of these problems have been reported to dealer, taken in for repairs, (3X) each time I have been told problem is fixed, problem can not be duplicated. I drive vehicle home and the problem is either partially better for a couple weeks or not better at all. During the time that vehicle was partially better for a couple of weeks a strut mount was replaced on a vehicle with only 9,000 miles (after the 2nd attempt to discover issue) 3rd attempt only had a steering issue addressed, (I shaft dry and binding) however this has only partially solved the problem. Vehicle still pops, clunks and has issue with loss of control over unexpected road hazards while braking.

- White Lake, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 052007

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that when he removed his hands from the steering wheel, the vehicle pulled to the left. The failure occurs while driving between 2-60 mph. The dealer aligned the steering wheel but, after the repair was made, the vehicle began pulling to the right. The failure mileage was 17 and current mileage was 2,058.

- Fontana , CA, USA

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