In Nashville and worldwide, having control over your vehicle at all times is paramount to ensure a safer driving experience. When that control is suddenly lost due to an auto defect, it can result in devastating injuries due to an accident. According to reports, 16 crashes were allegedly caused by drivers who lost control over their ability to steer their Saturn Ion, a vehicle manufactured by General Motors.
According to federal documents, around 1.05 million Chevy Cobalt and Pontiac G5 vehicles, both produced by GM, were recalled several years ago due to power steering defects. Sources indicate that the Saturn Ion is manufactured with the same power steering system as the Cobalt and G5, and over 4,100 Ion owners have complained that they experienced an unexpected loss of power steering.
General Motors responded to investigators by stating that this occurrence, which has arisen in 2004-2007 Ions, comes with a dashboard warning and is uncommon. Investigators believe that the power steering motor fails as a result of an accumulation of debris and oil. While GM has not issued a recalled on the steering motor, they have notified Ion owners of their intent to fix the problem for free.
To date, two injuries have been said to be linked to the 2004 to 2007 Saturn Ion’s supposed defects. Auto industry safety advocates are crying foul against General Motors as they believe that GM’s rejection of a recall is due to the fact that the car is no longer being manufactured. They feel that it should not be fixed but replaced completely to prevent roadway injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a defective vehicle, contact a product liability lawyer for help.
Source: Newsnet5, “Government records reveal thousands of complaints about Saturn Ion power steering issue,” Sarah Buduson, Sep. 24, 2013