NHTSA — Tires 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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,800 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 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2006 Saturn Ion Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 312013

Ion 4-cyl

  • 0 miles


I needed to use the spare tire, which has never been used, to have a tire repaired. The tire was in terrible condition and could not be use even once. The tire information is T115/70R1488M radial tubeless.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 122011

Ion 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
3 exploded tires with only 60,000mi on them and all within 6mos. Total blowouts without significant treadwear. Tires had to be replaced, totaling $348.61. One of the used tires is still available for inspection. No wear or wobble or any signs leading up to failure.

- Reading, OH, USA

problem #3

Aug 182010


  • miles
Yes a few months afo I financed a 2006 Saturn Ion level 3 since the first week having it have had nothing but problems including a major gas leak and severe gas fumes inside and outside the cab when running and not. The dealer had givin me nothing but lies and the fun around and attitude. Had been documented by an outside mechanic the car in unsafe to be on the roads and should never have passed inspection which the dealer did. I really need help. I know it's a good chance it's a flood car they sold me. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Huntsville , TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 082008


  • 29,000 miles
The original tires that came with my 2006 Saturn Ion, just one tire peeled away on the sidewall for no reason. I still have the other 3 tires on the car & their fine although I check them all the time.

- Summerland Key, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 142006


  • 25,000 miles
I have a 2006 Saturn Ion, it came standard with Goodyear assurance tires. Within 25 thousand miles, the tires began to balloon, blister. I had one explode on the highway, the remaining 3 soon began the same process of blistering. I replaced all four tires with the same type of tire from Goodyear, assurance. Once again, within 25 thousand miles, they began the same process, ballooning and blistering. I replaced all four with another type of tire for my families safety. The tires were replaced at discount tire company in tyler Texas, on broadway ave. I tried talking with Goodyear, and they would not acknowledge there was a problem with the tires. Please investigate these tires, they are defective. I have gone through 8 tires. The first replacement occurred December, 2006, the second run on replacements was April, 2008.

- Eustace, TX, USA

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