NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2007 Saturn Ion (Page 1 of 9)

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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,195 miles

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2007 Saturn Ion electrical problems

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2007 Saturn Ion Owner Comments (Page 1 of 9)

problem #164

Nov 222020


  • miles


When I put the car in park the key dosent want to come out theres something wrong with the ignition. And the red air bag dosent shut off from the dashboard it stays red.

- Lompoc, CA, USA

problem #163

Dec 162020


  • 202,000 miles
I have a 2007 Saturn Ion 3. before the ignition recall my ignition stopped working (the car would not turn off) and I had the ignition replaced by GM. Once the recall was announced, GM reimbursed me for the repair. Now, my ignition is not turning off easily ~5% of the time (trying to park on my relatively flat driveway). I need to get it repaired; is a second ignition covered by the recall?

- Albany, CA, USA

problem #162

Apr 122017

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
I am inquiring about Saturn ignition recall #13036. I believe my car has this problem and has never been checked or replaced. Can you check on this. I have owned this car for 3 years. Thank you. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Carlstadt, NJ, USA

problem #161

Aug 012020


  • miles


🔑 ignition. Window' driver side remote

- Clinton, IA, USA

problem #160

May 102020

Ion 4-cyl

  • 182,000 miles
The power steering light keeps coming on and it is hard to steer and the key keeps getting stuck in the ignition. Car was stationary when the light turned on.

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #159

Mar 262020


  • 173,387 miles
I need to know why your system shows no recalls for my vehicle using the VIN number, but has (7) recalls if I use year/make/model, the system should allow me to run the VIN, see all recalls, and even report with proof if the recall is complete, like a check list. Your system is useless if the manufacturer is not agreeing to the recalls under the year/make/model and assigning the recalls to the VIN to grant approval to dealers to repair, a dealer will not complete a GM recall unless GM approves of the recall for a particular VIN. I have electrical issues with my vehicle that falls in the category of the recalls, but I'm not paying out of pocket for these repairs, when they are known safety issues.

- Hunt, NY, USA

problem #158

Nov 092019


  • miles


I inherited the car from my mother the car has a problem with the fuel system we had it fixed but the same codes are poping

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #157

Jul 282019


  • 160,850 miles
Randomly unable to remove ignition key after trying to shut it off.

- Lindstrom, MN, USA

problem #156

Jul 052019


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the key became stuck in the ignition and was unable to be removed. The vehicle was not diagnosed by a dealer. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V171000 (electrical system), 14V153000 (steering), and 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The contact did not recieve any recall notifications, but stated that the vehicle was experiencing failures related to the recall campaigns. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing and repairs. The results were not disclosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was not available.

- Yakima, WA, USA

problem #155

Jun 152019


  • 135,000 miles
When I turn the vehicle off, the key sometimes will not come out of the ignition. I have to keep turning the car on and off. Sometimes I have to move the steering wheel up and down. It will finally come out. I am noticing it happening more often though. Need to have it fixed because this is my teen sons first car. Not sure he will know exactly what to do if out alone with it.

- Lewisburg, TN, USA

problem #154

Apr 262019


  • 103,000 miles


Won't start don't want to turn over

- Dickinson, TX, USA

problem #153

Mar 152019


  • 137,000 miles
In January 2016 while driving on highway to work I had bear to the right at an intersection from 1-90 to 1-76, wheels/steering locked or something and I ended up spinning off roadway. Hit division embankment crashing front end and my air bags never deployed. Traction in the car I later found out was not engaging when it should have been. Now car's traction does not work if it ever really did. I have been in touch with GM complaints department and now I have been assigned a case number but this is about recalls on Y vehicle that I do not know they really are because Saturn wants me to pay to get this information. I asked why but did not get an answer. Only was told that recalls are VIN specific and I needed to go to https://www.vincheckpro.com/VIN-register. now my vehicle has a control board that is going haywire literally. Guages blinking on and off, speedometer acting like a windshield wiper, oil light, brake light, airbag symbol, battery symbol, radio blinking in and out randomly. Fuel and temp guages not moving at all. Key sticks and car won't turn completely off at times. Chimes wont stop and more.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #152

Dec 072018


  • 168,000 miles
Key ge5S stuck in the ignition and won't come out. In addition, key can come out and the vehicleb will still be running in the running position

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #151

Dec 072018


  • miles
Throttle body position sensor again and again causes major loss of power and sometimes results in stalling out in seconds

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #150

Aug 212018


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle stalled and all the warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was coasted to the side of the road. The contact attempted to restart the vehicle, but was unsuccessful. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the battery needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Holiday, FL, USA

problem #149

Oct 162016


  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. In October of 2016, while driving 65 mph, the brake pedal was suddenly depressed. However, the contact crashed into the rear of a vehicle and, in turn, another vehicle crashed into the rear of the contact's vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. There were no injuries sustained. A police report was not filed. The local dealer was not contacted to diagnose and repair the air bag failure. The failure mileage was unknown. In December of 2017, while driving at unknown speeds, a pick-up truck crashed into the rear of the contact's vehicle. The contact sustained injuries to the right knee, which required medical attention. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was taken to an independent auto body mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The local dealer and manufacturer were not contacted. The failure mileage was 43,000. Additionally, while driving, the steering seized and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to an unknown local GMC dealer in bakersfield, California where it was diagnosed that the locking system and ignition key needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was not available.

- Maricopa, CA, USA

problem #148

Jun 172014

Ion 4-cyl

  • 111,153 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the key failed to eject from the ignition. The vehicle was taken to davis moore Chevrolet (11220 w kellogg, wichita, ks 67209), but they were unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 111,153.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #147

Dec 102017


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While stationary, the vehicle would not start when prompted. The contact engaged the clutch to start the vehicle and all of the warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The dealer and manufacturer were not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 92,000.

- Brodnax, VA, USA

problem #146

Jan 012009


  • miles
Poorly designed sunroof drainage system (specifically drain nipple at end of tubing) causing severe leaks to inside cab along driver and passenger front doors and floor. Water damage to power windows, locks, mirrors. Water damage to ip to body harness connector under front driver side kick plate causing computer to produce false check engine codes related to app and forcing engine into reduced power mode at high speeds creating possibility for accidents.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #145

Oct 032017


  • 141,000 miles
Have been having electrical problems with my 2007 Saturn Ion for several months. The radio will turn on and off by itself and it's display panel flashes all kinds of patterns, can't usually tell if it's on or off, since the flashing occurs either way. The windows will quit working but after turning my car off and on repeatedly, they will work again. Today the power steering went out while I was backing out of a parking spot and I couldn't turn the wheel. After pulling back into the spot and turning the car off and on, the problem went away and I drove home. I told my dad what it did and he said my sister had the same problem with her Saturn vue and she had to have her body module (?) replaced. He said hers got to the point that the lights would turn off and on and sometimes she wasn't able to start her car. There was a recall on my Saturn Ion's steering column and they replaced it and had to put in a new ignition along with new keys. I know my car is older, but since my sister's Saturn vue had the same odd electrical take overs, it may be too common of a problem. Thank you for your attention and have a good day. 😊

- Douglass, TX, USA

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