The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has closed a four-year probe into power steering issues with 2004-2007 Saturn Ions. This is unrelated to the current Ion recall involving ignition switch issues, which includes several other General Motors vehicles.
The NHTSA opened its inquiry to the issue over four years ago but, subsequent to General Motors’ recall of the Ion plus other vehicles included in the ignition switch recall, has decided to end the probe.
About 335,000 Ions were among the 1.5 million cars General Motors recalled on March 31, 2014 for loss of power steering. At the time, GM global vehicle safety chief Jeff Boyer acknowledged the company “did not do enough” in recalling vehicles with the same issues.
In recent weeks, the NHTSA has come under fire for its response on possible ignition switch issues. According to NHTSA documents, there were 12 crashes related to the Ion steering issue, with two resulting in injuries to the drivers.