NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2007 Saturn Vue (Page 3 of 5)


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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,781 miles

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2007 Saturn Vue electrical problems

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2007 Saturn Vue Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #42

May 032012

Vue 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles


The dash board lights sometimes don't come on and the radio will be on because I can hear it but there is no display or lights, if I turn the car off and on a few times I can usually get them to work again.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #41

Nov 202013

Vue 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
Key can be removed from the ignition when the ignition is not in the off position and while driving the car. When I was driving the key fell from the ignition and the car was still running...I was able to put the key back in the ignition. This has happened on several occasions and I can pull the key from the ignition while the car is running.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #40

May 122014


  • 165,923 miles
The car won't go over 40 miles.

- Beltsville, MD, USA

problem #39

Mar 012014


  • 111,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start and the key seized in the ignition. The contact stated that the ignition switch was previously replaced by a local dealer. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 14V171000 (electrical system). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 111,000.

- Seagrove , NC, USA

problem #38

Oct 012013


  • miles
When I was driving I accidentally pulled my key from the ignition but the car was still running and I was still driving...I was able to put the key back in the ignition. When I finally came to a stop and put the car in park...I wanted to make sure this was a one off so I tried to pull the key from the ignition while the car was running and it came right out.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #37

Apr 242014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that the key was able to be removed from the ignition while the engine was running. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage and VIN was not available.

- Cedarburg, WI, USA

problem #36

Feb 042014

Vue 6-cyl

  • 21,500 miles


First noticed my key would not fit into ignition and after many tries the alarm started beeping and I was then able to insert the key. This has happened several times since. The biggest worry has been that on one occasion I had turned off the engine, took the key out, stepped out of the vehicle ready to walk away and realized the engine was still running. The dash board lights periodically don't come on and the radio, although I can hear it, does not display the information.

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #35

Mar 032014

Vue 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
My passenger seat air bag light started to come on periodically, whether someone was in the passenger seat or not. At times it would go off, but for the past 30 days it stays on whether someone is in the seat or not. About the same time, we detected a "short" in the radio system, as at times you cannot change the station, and I have actually had the station change without touching any selector. I am concerned that this has to do with the ignition switch issue that has been detected in other models of Saturn, in particular.

- York, PA, USA

problem #34

Jan 012013


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the key independently released from the ignition switch. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road where the contact inserted the key back into the ignition switch. The failure recurred six times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic but the vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified O the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #33

Jan 012013

Vue 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
For the past year I have been having a very difficult time inserting the key in the ignition and turning the key to turn on the car. Once I get the key in I have to jiggle it over and over until the key is able to turn. Sometimes it takes me anywhere from 5-15 minutes. However lately when the key is finally in it gets stuck and it does not allow the key to be released leaving me stranded. I also noticed the airbag sensor light turns on and off randomly while I am driving the car and while there is a passenger in the car. My biggest concern is if the airbag fails to deploy in case of an accident. Another concern of mine is that sometimes when I am driving the car it accelerates itself for a moment or two and it is very scary. I am currently unable to drive my car because I am scared, especially because I drive my 5 and 1 year old everyday. I am unable to get the car looked at this time due to financial reasons. My Saturn Vue is not included in the recall however I really wish it were because all of the problems I am experiencing are very similar to that of the GM vehicles that were recalled. Please investigate the Saturn Vue 2007 ignition problem, airbag light problem, and accelerating problem. Thank you so much.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #32

Aug 302012

Vue 6-cyl

  • 37,305 miles


I was driving North on road that was having some road repair on a rough section I lost all power no steering hard brakes. I have had this prob several times since, thank you

- Auburn, WA, USA

problem #31

Jul 192012


  • 50,000 miles
I purchased this vehicle new and within a year my key would get stuck in the ignition to the point where I could not turn the key at all to either turn on or off the vehicle or to get the key out of the ignition. The first time it happened, I believe I had my own mechanic fix it. Then the next times it started happening, it would happen intermittently. I was working with individuals who are disabled and taking them out into the community using my own car. On an extremely hot day(in the 90S) my key got stuck in the ignition (all I did was put the key in normally to start the car) and the individual I had in the car refused to get out of the car (which posed a serious safety hazard to that individual because inside the car at that point I am sure was over 100 degrees). I finally convinced the individual to get out of the car after about a half hour. After I called a tow truck to tow my car I called GM to file a complaint because this is not a normal issue.GM fixed the issue and told me it was my key (which I had another key made to hope to solve this issue) a good description of the issue is I would be: I put the key in normally, it would partially turn, and then stop and I cannot move the key at all, even to get the key out of the ignition. The owners manual states to turn the wheel all the way to the right or left to "unlock" the ignition. This would not do anything at all. Sometimes if I let the car sit for a while and go back to it, it would just work. Other times, it didn't matter how many times I tried to get it to work, it would not.even the tow truck drivers could not get it to work. Also, my air bag light comes on intermittently.I have never had the air bag light issue looked at, but with the reports on the news I thought could be an issue too.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #30

Oct 182010


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while attempting to exit the vehicle, the key became stuck inside of the ignition and could not be removed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired on two occasions but did not rectify the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 53,000 and the current mileage was 114,000. Updated 6/10/14

- Laguna Woods, CA, USA

problem #29

Feb 172014


  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Vue. The contact stated the ignition key got stuck in the ignition. This failure had occurred five time over a period of two months. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who stated the tbs needed to be replaced. The vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 81,000.

- Defiance , OH, USA

problem #28

Jul 122013


  • 42,000 miles
I needed to use my car to do routine chores, the key would not turn. I called the dealer that I got the car from and was told they would need to tow the car in, put it on a machine and replace the ignition switch at my expense. I refuse since I had just purchased the car in February of 2013. I called a lock smith who informed me that something was wrong with the way the ignition switch was placed in these cars. I paid to have it fixed by the lock switch. It got stuck again the next day and he replaced it again, at my expense. It is beginning to stick again, where can I go to get the problem resolved without expense to me.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #27

Nov 272013

Vue 4-cyl

  • 44,200 miles
I was driving in my subdivision and the curtain air bags went off in my 2007 Saturn Vue hybrid. I swerved and ran into a tree causing massive frontal damage and the driver-side air bag to deploy. My 3-year-old daughter was in the back passenger child car seat and was ok but I was diagnosed with chest, knee, hip, and nose contusions, still healing after 4+ days. The car was a total loss per allstate. I have no idea what caused the curtain air bags to go off but see on carcomplaints.com there are many airbag issues. Very mad and demand attention from GM since Saturn is defunct.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #26

Jun 012012

Vue 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
When you try to start the car, the ignition won't turn unless you try to move the steering wheel. It has progressively gotten worse as time goes on.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #25

Feb 262013

Vue 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
I bought this car in July 22, 2012 in city Kia in orlando( used car) with 37,299 miles on this day.2007 Saturn Vue. In March 2013 I took a ride from kissimmee to miami and when I came back home and got off the turnpike I heard a big sound under my car and it stared to slow down until it stopped completely in the middle of the street, I had it towed to a repair shop and they said it was the transmission, they fixed for $1,926. I also has some electrical problems, once in a while the radio goes randomly changing channels by itself and when I open or close the windows it sounds like it looses electricity, and also a leak from the air conditioner compressor is leaking a green fluid, also the airbag goes on sometimes but eventually turns off.

- Kissimmee , FL, USA

problem #24

Apr 052011


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that water would leak through the driver's side windshield and onto the floorboard near the brake and accelerator pedal. The failure occurred during rainy weather conditions. In addition, the passenger's side power door locks failed to operate properly and the odometer gauge failed to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was unable to locate the problem. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. The VIN was not available.

- Trumansburg, NY, USA

problem #23

Feb 192009


  • miles
I too had problems with the key ignition as well as the passenger air bag light coming on. The key was fixed when I bought the car. Now my issues is with the windows randomly not working and passenger air bag on. My car window on the passengers side did not work for a year. It would work occasionally (when I tested the button) now the passengers side work, but the drivers side dose not. I was told by Saturn that they are unrelated issues. I can not understand that" my car is in the shop to have service done on it. The drivers side window needs to be fixed. At the cost of $265 just the driver side, and they said that their is no problem with pass. Side... I can see that the windows are an issues with this type on Saturn... and no one is addressing this issues. Their is definitely a problem with the air bag system as well as the window system. I love my car, but what I'm reading here seem to show me that the problems are real concerning my car. And the service center said that they not related? I have a big problem with that. Some one need to check in to the window and air bag problem. Their must be a site that people talk about these issues?" [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Bonney Lake, WA, USA

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