NHTSA — Seat Belts: Front: Retractor Problems

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CarComplaints.com 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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,800 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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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 #2

Aug 182006

Ion 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 10,350 miles


I recently went out of town. I had two passengers. Both passenger seat belts continuously retracted and locked, causing them to have to remove the seat belts for the remainder of the trip. Saturn's technicians at my local dealership confirmed only one seat belt malfunction, and replaced the front passenger seat belt.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #1

Jul 172006

Ion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,250 miles
: the contact stated that both of the front seatbelts locked into place when the break pedal was depressed in an emergency situation, while traveling at 40 mph. The contact was not wearing the seatbelt during the incident and the seatbelt retractors remained locked afterwards. The seatbelts were inspected by the service dealer who determined that the seatbelts would have to be replaced and were not covered under warranty. The manufacturer determined that the seatbelts were a safety feature and needed to be replaced.

- Sulphur, LA, USA

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