NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2006 Saturn Ion (Page 4 of 15)

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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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 1
Average Mileage:
53,808 miles

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2006 Saturn Ion electrical problems

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2006 Saturn Ion Owner Comments (Page 4 of 15)

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problem #236

May 242014

Ion 4-cyl

  • 108,244 miles


I was driving the 2006 Saturn Ion in my neighborhood. I reached the intersection at the end of my street and came to a stop/yield. As I took my foot off the brake to shift to the gas and began steering to turn left, the engine suddenly turned off. The battery light on the dash appeared. I was able to put the car in park, turn off the vehicle, and restart it. I returned home instead of continuing my trip. My vehicle is affected by the recall with campaign id number 14V-047. I had removed all additional keys from my keyring as recommended in the three recall letters I received, but I still believe that this issue was related to the issue the ignition switch. I have chosen to file this complaint because one of the letters I received from [xxx]of GM asserted that the vehicle was safe to drive as long as there were no additional keys on the keyring. A link to the letter in question is: www-ODI.NHTSA.dot.gov/acms/cs/jaxrs/download/doc/ucm454782/rcorrd-14V047-1697.pdf information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #235

May 102014

Ion 4-cyl

  • 122,650 miles
Electrical problem with interior lighting also problem with electrical power door lock (driver side) and power windows, in which all riders feel they are suffocating.due to unattainable natural air.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #234

May 082014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number 14V171000 (electrical system) but was informed that the parts were unavailable. The dealer was unable to provide an expected date for the part. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The contact had not experienced the failure.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #233

Oct 092011

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles


2006 Saturn Ion. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle ignition recall repairs and seeks reimbursement. The consumer stated 2 years ago, the ignition completely froze and the vehicle had to be towed to a local garage. The consumer believed the ignition problem he experienced was related to the current recall. Also, the air bag light illuminated and the moonroof wouldn't close.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #232

May 012014

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Saturn Ion. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall notice. The consumer stated the vehicle has been at the dealer for 3 weeks, due to lack of parts. Last year, the consumer's wife experienced the exact failure, the vehicle was being recalled for.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #231

Aug 232010

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Saturn Ion. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall notice repairs. The consumer stated the key would not turn, to shut the vehicle off.

- North Webster, IN, USA

problem #230

Aug 252009

Ion 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles


Car would not turn off when I parked in my drive way, GM took 1 hr ad 1/2 to come to my house. Fortunate it did not happen on the road. NHTSA and GM knew of this recall before it happened to me. Why did the NHTSA not report this" I paid for the repair not knowing of the recall. The media made me aware and I got a refund much later. My car is on its 6th recall. 2 are pending. Again I found out from the media. I called GM, they are taking their time in these repairs. I called GM on 3-18-14 about these 2 current recalls, I feel they are putting me on the back burner to repair them. How many recalls can 1 car have before its considered unsafe??? what are my rights? is this car a lemon or just an accident waiting to happen/???" your site says there's another recall for my car for the head lights. That will make a 7th recall. The NHTSA is suppose protect the consumers. My car makes me very nervous. GM should have tested more before selling it to the public. I now know why GM stopped making my Saturn.

- Manchester, NJ, USA

problem #229

Jul 052012

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Saturn Ion. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle sudden acceleration recall notice and requests reimbursement for repairs. The consumer stated when she got in the left turn lane to make a turn, all of a sudden the vehicle took off without applying the gas. Her foot was on the brake and the engine began to race at a high speed. The incident occurred a second time, while at a 4-way stop sign, the engine began racing, with her foot on the brake. The vehicle cut off and the dashboard went black. The third time, it happened, she was pulling into a parking space, and the engine began to race at a high speed, she was unable to stop the vehicle, and eventually she crashed into a wall.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #228

Jul 012009

Ion 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Vehicle's engine shut off while operating, however electrical remains on. Usually happens going over speed bumps at low speeds. Had to turn off and restart engine to operate. Incident occurred 2 times in 2009. Didn't give much thought until it started to recur in 2012. Has happened 3-4 times since. Also key gets stuck when trying to shut vehicle off. The key getting stuck when trying to shut off has occurred almost daily for the past 4 months. Didn't realize the incidents were related until I heard about the Saturn recall on ignition switches and heard about similar problems.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #227

Jan 252012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 90,878 miles
Both driver and passenger side forward turn signals have stopped working. Has happened multiple times. Rear turn signals still operational.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #226

Mar 012014

Ion 4-cyl

  • 93,000 miles


There has been at least 4 times that while my car was idling at either a red light, stop sign, or what have you, my car would just shut off after making a rough idling noise. This scared the crap out of me the first time it happened. If I were to shut my car off & turn it back on, it would then go away. It made me weary of driving because you never knew when or where that could happen. The second incident would be my power stewing. My car would "ding" and the power steering light would come on making my wheel stiffen up immediately. Again, if I would turn the car off and then back on again, the problem would stop... for a little bit. Started off at once or twice a week, then once a day maybe, now I can't even go a block from my house without it coming on. Frustrating and dangerous to say the least.

- Turtle Creek, PA, USA

problem #225

Mar 042013


  • 50,000 miles
In the first week of March I called my dealership about the ignition recall and was told to wait until I got a recall notice. In mid-March I received a recall notice and was told that the parts were not in and to call at the end of March. I called at the end of March and was told that the parts were not in and I should call the beginning of April. I called the beginning of April and was told the parts were on order and I should call the next week. I called the next week and the parts were not in. Last week I received a notice that I had not responded to the recall notice and received another recall notice this week. When I called today I was told that they had no record of my prior calls and would have to order the parts. GM is conducting a fraudulent recall and trying to shift the burden of liability to the consumer and shift the burden of proof for any liability to the consumer for not complying with the recall, when the recall is illusory. I want this noted on the record.

- West Roxbury, MA, USA

problem #224

Mar 052014

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id numbers 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and 14V171000 (electrical system), however the parts needed to complete the repair were unavailable. The dealer was unable to provide an expected date for when the remedy part would become available. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 06/10/14 MA updated 07/03/14

- Kattskill Bay, NY, USA

problem #223

Apr 012014

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
2003 Saturn Ion. Consumer writes in regards to ignition recall notice. The consumer stated on several occasions, the vehicle would not start. She had to turn the key a certain way, in order for it to start.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #222

Apr 012014

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Saturn Ion. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall notice issues. The consumer stated she experienced several incidents over the years, that made no sense, until she received the recall the notice in the mail.

- Yorba Linda, CA, USA

problem #221

Jul 282012

Ion 4-cyl

  • 91,778 miles
I hit a bump in the road and my car shut off - keys became stuck in ignition switch. I already had to have my ignition switch repaired, but nobody seems to be able to tell me how to get reimbursed, and I have not received any notification to do so, even though we were told we would receive information about this the first week of April. I have tried to call your contact numbers but always get a run-around and they all say you have to wait until the letter comes out the first week of April. The first week of April has past and I have not received any notification on how to get my reimbursement. I would like for someone to let me know how to get my form for reimbursement.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #220

Apr 192013

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Saturn Ion. Consumer writes in regards to ignition problems. The consumer is seeking reimbursement for the ignition replacement he paid for last year. On Friday April 19, 2013, the consumers wife and daughter parked the vehicle and tried to turn the vehicle off. But, the vehicle would not turn off. In fact, the key would not turn in any direction at all. In order to shut the vehicle off, the consumer pulled a fuse, the next day, the vehicle was taken to the dealer, and once again, the vehicle could not be turned off. The dealer informed the consumer, they had to break the key off to remove the ignition cylinder and replaced it.

- New Baltimore, MI, USA

problem #219

Apr 012014

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Saturn Ion. Consumer writes in regards to lack availability of parts to complete recall.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #218

Apr 102014

Ion 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I had the ignition switch replaced about 4 months ago prior to the recall announcement. The air bag light had been going on and off ever since I bought the car. It was found at that time that a add on passive kill switch relay had been placed in the air bag relay location. Not long after the key would not come out of the ignition and the car could not be turned off which is when I took it to an auto repair shop who replaced it with another ignition. Now, the air bag light has been coming on while driving and then going off again. It looks like GM is still selling the faulty ignitions. I have received the recall notice. It says however that they do not have the working parts with no indication of when this deadly part can be replaced. What is one to do" yes, I saw their statement that we should park the car until the repair can be made - when ever, if ever, they bother to have the parts. How do I get around until then??? have there been any other reports of the issue that I reported on this site prior of the alarm going off at random times - no strong winds, trucks going by or persons around the vehicle even though I do not set the alarm on" I had to disconnect the battery until I got it to the shop days later but since it was not doing it then they could not find the issue. I suspect the entire electrical system in the Ion is faulty.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #217

Feb 282014


  • 85,173 miles
The contact owns 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the contact crashed into another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy and there was a significant power loss. The contact sustained a bruised pancreas and severe back pain. A police report was filed of the incident. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to salvage yard. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The approximate failure mileage was 85,173.

- Cadillac, MI, USA

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