NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2007 Saturn Ion (Page 1 of 7)

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Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,802 miles

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2007 Saturn Ion electrical problems

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2007 Saturn Ion Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #140

Oct 292016


  • miles


Vehicle will not turn over to start, all other functions work( radio, lights, etc.) upon inspection of vehicle I was told that there is a recall on the ignition switch again! the only way to get the car restarted is to jump it. A Toyota dealership told me to get this resolved again, so I am writing this to get it fixed once and for all. I love my Saturn and would like to know can I take it immediately to a GM dealer.

- State College, PA, USA

problem #139

Jun 092016


  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. In addition, the contact was unable to remove the key from the ignition. The failure started after the vehicle was repaired per NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000 (electrical system). The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed, but was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 83,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #138

Jul 022016


  • 102,000 miles
Had ignition recall done, now key gets stuck in ignition so car can not be turned to off position or remove key. This never happened before recall was done. Have seen many similar complaints about this issue with this model Saturn. This should' be a recall item by GMC as it is obviously installing faulty parts. I believe this item could possibly cause a fire hazard. When I talked to the GMC dealer I was told since the recall had already been done. (even tho with faulty parts) it would cost $110 just to check it out and then a couple hundred more to fix the problem they caused when doing the recall

- Steamboat Springs, CO, USA

problem #137

Jun 172016


  • miles


Complaints involving automatic power gear shift not working properly. Not able to engage the gear shift in order to be able to get the key out of ignition. Have to keep on starting and shifting in order to be able to disengaged the key out. Can no longer drive the car because afraid won't be able to get the key out of ignition. This all started after we had a recall on ignition which was replaced. There is a recall on this issue but for some reason this VIN# was not included in the recall. This is an issue on the same model, year, car with different VIN#. I would appreciate it if you would into this situation for which I'm pretty sure there should be a recall on this VIN# also. I had to call a lock smith one time because I wasn't able to get the key out off ignition since then haven't driven the car. This happens after I've been driving and then I go to park it and not able to take key out of ignition because the gear shift isn't working properly.

- Newmarket, NH, USA

problem #136

Feb 022015


  • 78,000 miles
Power steering goes in and out very dangerous to drive or control ignition switch repaired this is just as dangerous models Pontiac G and Chevy cobalts have same power steering module and were recalled not Saturn models.

- Palos Heights, IL, USA

problem #135

Mar 152016


  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the key would not release from the ignition cylinder until after numerous attempts. The failure occurred one week after the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000 (electrical system). The failure became progressively worse. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 116,000.

- Oaklyn, NJ, USA

problem #134

Oct 272015


  • 99,000 miles


Ever since I purchased this vehicle in October I've been having trouble & its only January I've had a fuel leak and had to replace it I've had bad struts had to replace it bad alternator replaced it bad battery replaced it bad brakes & rotors & I replaced it. It's just a horrible car and I wish I had spent my money else where is it possible that I trade in this car for something the same value I am very unsatisfied with this car.

- Salisbury, NC, USA

problem #133

Dec 312015


  • 126,000 miles
I have to have the electrical computer replaced - the car drops to 1st gear and doesn't move up, the door locks lock then unlock and continue to do that, the engine light comes on, the power steering alarm comes on (but I don't lose power steering) and the speedometer stops working! this happens while driving with no notice except the door locks start first them the other issues happen simultaneously.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #132

Oct 152010


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While driving 35 mph and attempting to avoid a vehicle that was stopped in the roadway, the ignition key became jarred and moved to the off position, which caused the vehicle to stall without warning. The contact attempted to switch lanes; however, the steering wheel seized and the brakes failed to function when the pedal was depressed. The contact stated that the vehicle crashed into the rear of the parked vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. There was no police report filed. The contact sustained injuries to the neck, shoulder, and lower back that required medical attention. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14E021000 (electrical system); however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to a dealer to be repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 76,000.

- Indiannapolis, IN, USA

problem #131

Sep 012014


  • 51,000 miles
Within 2 months of having the first recall on the ignition switch repaired the airbag light on the dashboard will illuminate at random times. Some times it will stay on after starting the car and turning off at some point into the drive, or it will illuminate while driving, stay illuminated for a period of time and then shut off. Had the second recall that still impacted the key being able to be removed which required the gear shift to be replaced less than a year after the ignition switch was replaced. Since the second repair the air bag light illuminates more frequently. See many others have had the same issue since have the repairs completed. The air bag light never illuminate prior to recalls being repairs.

- Hackettstown, NJ, USA

problem #130

May 302015


  • 94,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the ignition switch malfunctioned. The vehicle was towed to a GM dealer where it was diagnosed that another dealer disconnected the fuses during a previous recall repair. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact heard a chiming noise. The key became jammed in the ignition switch causing the vehicle to not completely turn off. The contact was able to turn the vehicle off after numerous attempts. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 94,000.

- College Park, GA, USA

problem #129

May 132014


  • 86,250 miles
Had vehicle taken in for ignition switch recall per notice. After repairs for which my vehicle was in shop for almost 30 days, I was given vehicle back. After 2 weeks the ignition switch would still stick and not allow for the key to be returned to the off switch after several tries. I just have dealt with this for awhile now, but not it is becoming more of an issue and I feel the recall parts are not working.

- Old Orchard Beach, ME, USA

problem #128

Apr 222010

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
S10 direct reply letter requesting assistance with denied compensation from GM ignition compensation claims resolution facility after an automobile accident resulting from a defective ignition switch. 2007 Saturn Ion. The consumer stated an animal ran across the highway. When she hit the brake, the vehicle shut off, the steering locked up and she lost control of the vehicle. Consequently, she ran into a ditch and the air bags did not deploy. The consumer received a letter from GM stating no accident occurred as a result of the ignition switch defect.

- Warren, AR, USA

problem #127

Jun 102014

Ion 4-cyl

  • miles
2007 Saturn Ion. Consumer writes in regards to ignition key issues. The consumer stated the key became stuck in the ignition. The vehicle stalled on three occasions, and the check engine light illuminated. The ignition switch and shifter were replaced.

- Mount Clemens, MI, USA

problem #126

Mar 172014


  • 77,195 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. While driving at approximately 45 mph, the power steering and alarm warning lights illuminated and a chime sounded. There was also a total loss of power steering. The vehicle was pulled over and the contact noticed that the steering strut was fractured. The power steering column failed and was replaced. The failures recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, who diagnosed code C0550 (failure of power steering assembly). The vehicle was repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The failure was related to NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 77,195.

- Dallastown, PA, USA

problem #125

Aug 132014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that the key became stuck in the ignition switch. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14E021000 (electrical system); however, the vehicle was still exhibiting the same failure as listed in the recall. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician stated that the issue had been resolved per the repairs that were performed on the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but no solution was offered. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #124

Dec 232014

Ion 4-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
I parked the car in front of my house, leaving the headlights on. When I went to put it in the garage, I turned the key in the ignition switch, and heard no sound. I realized I had left the headlights on and the battery was dead. Then the key would not turn in the lock so I could remove it. I could not open the trunk with the button on the dash, in order to replace the battery. The car is now useless to me. I will get a battery charger to charge the battery from the engine compartment, but some reports online report that the ignition switch must also be repaired. This ignition switch area was just repaired in a recall.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #123

Dec 042014

Ion 4-cyl

  • 124,652 miles
This car just had ignition recall repaired. But when you shut the car off, sometimes it doesn't let you remove the keys.

- Combined Locks, WI, USA

problem #122

Mar 012014


  • miles
Letter from senator warner on behalf of constituent re Saturn Ion recall (attn: Shane clem). The consumer was informed on several occasions, the parts were not available. When the parts did arrive, he was informed the machine was broken. There was a recall, regarding a steering issue as well. The consumer had to return to the dealer, because he continued to experience problems with the steering.

- Oakton, VA, USA

problem #121

Nov 062014

Ion 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Car was parked tried to start would not start with jump. Had towed determined problem with starter. Fixed overnight drove off lot then lost power steering same night just avoided accident. Found out recalls on both total of 8 on this vehicle. Only had since 8/1/2014 never advised of any recalls on vehicle and mccafferty Ford in langhorne, pa did not offer to assist advised its not their responsibility to check recalls. Car can be driven 10-15mins then steering locks up. Have to wait for car to cool down then steering comes back, 10-15 mins same problem. There is also recalls related to air bags.

- Willow Grove, PA, USA

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