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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,000 miles

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2006 Saturn Ion seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 032009


  • miles


Saturn Ion airbags did not deploy during accident.

- Bayonne, NJ, USA

problem #2

May 052008


  • 36,000 miles
My husband and I crashed frontend first into a tree at approximately 60mph. The passenger airbag light indicated the airbag was on. Neither airbag deployed. The motor of the car is partially in the floorboard of the car. I sustained life-threatening injuries and was hospitalized for almost 5 weeks. I had to endure 8 weeks of out-patient physical therapy and still have followup visits with several doctors including neuropsychology, plastic surgeon and ent / head and neck surgery.

- Angier, NC, USA

problem #1

May 282008

Ion 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
I was involved in a frontal car accident at about 40-45 mph and my airbags did not deploy, injury could have been avoided had the airbag deployed. My censor for my passenger was on, but the airbags did not deploy.

- Fort Walton Beach , FL, USA

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