Skip to comments.GM Asked to Recall 382,000 Vehicles With Steering Loss Defect
Posted on 03/19/2014 11:09:16 AM PDT by jazusamo
This letter is being sent today to GM CEO Mary Barra:
We ask that General Motors (the Company) recall Saturn Ions for the model years 2004 through 2007 without further delay.
These automobiles endanger the lives and safety of their drivers and passengers due to a loss of power steering, a serious problem of which the Company has been aware for several years.
According to a summary of an ongoing investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
...GM indicated that the EPS (electric power steering) system used in the subject vehicles was the same as that used in the MY2005 to 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5. In March 2010, GM recalled approximately 1.05 million Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 vehicles (NHTSA recall no. 10V-073) to correct a defect with the EPS assist motor.
Although it affects many of the same vehicles, the steering loss is a problem apart from the ignition switch failure problems. For motorists, the reaction when confronted with either problem is likely to be same- panic.
We cannot understand the delay in recalling Saturn Ions, particularly in light of your recent statement that the ignition switch recall "took too long." You also stated "terrible things happened." An immediate recall of Saturn Ions will prevent additional "terrible things" from happening.
According to the same NHTSA summary:
ODI (Office of Defects Investigation) has received 846 complaints and GM identified 3,489 reports alleging sudden loss of steering power assist in model year (MY) 2004 through 2007 Saturn Ion vehicles manufactured and sold by General Motors Corporation (GM)...Two of the GM crash claims indicated that the driver was injured in the crash.
We do not know why NHTSA has not already ordered a recall or whether politics enter into its decision-making process. It doesn't matter. You have the authority to immediately recall these vehicles. END LETTER
According GM's response to NHTSA, the number of affected Saturn Ions for model years 2004-2007 is 382,475.
Why Isn't GM Recalling Saturn Ions With Steering Loss?
It appears that General Motors and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have still not done everything they can to assure the safety of American motorists regarding GM vehicles that have a history of dangerous defects.
The latest defect that I have uncovered relates to a loss of power steering in Saturn Ions for the model years 2004 to 2007. The same vehicles were recalled for a separate, unrelated ignition switch problem, along with the Chevrolet Cobalt and the Pontiac G5. The delay in the ignition switch recall has been blamed for the deaths of at least 12 Americans. Unfortunately, GM is equally slow in addressing the steering loss problem.
Back in December of 2010, NHTSA opened an investigation of Saturn Ions for model years 2004 through 2007. According to NHTSA's website, the investigation was based on "846 complaints and GM identified 3,489 reports alleging sudden loss of steering power assist in model year (MY) 2004 through 2007 Saturn Ion vehicles..." The complaint was for a sudden loss of power steering.
This defect was the reason for a recall of Chevy Cobalts and Pontiac G5s in March of 2010, a recall unrelated to the ignition switch recall. As with the current ignition switch recall, it appears that GM has tried to get away with doing only a partial recall of affected vehicles, putting drivers of 2004 to 2007 model year Saturn Ions (which still have yet to be recalled for the power steering defect) at risk. GM only recalled all vehicles with ignition switch problems after being criticized by media sources.
In its response to NHTSA, GM confirmed that the defective Ion part was the same as in the recalled Cobalts and G5s. In fact, GM had previously sued the part maker, JTEKT , for supplying the defective steering column parts back in 2009. GM obviously knew its vehicles were being driven with dangerous defective parts. Why has it taken GM so long to recall all of the vehicles? Also, considering the late 2009 timeframe (during GM's bankruptcy emergence under the influence of the Auto Task Force), were members of President Obama's team aware of the defect?
NHTSA (along with GM) has, once again, failed in its obligation to protect motorists. They were aware of the situation and even expanded the investigation in late 2011 . But still, no recall! It is important to note that, since investigations were opened after GM's bankruptcy process, "New" GM is fully responsible for the failure to address all defects relating to the investigations. Notifying Ion owners of a steering problem under a "service bulletin" is not a sufficient response and a full recall is in order.
An article from September of 2013 confirms that GM knew of the power steering defect in Ions and still has not recalled the vehicles. National Legal and Policy Center has drafted a letter to GM CEO, Mary Barra, requesting that model years 2004 to 2007 Saturn Ions be recalled for the power steering defect. Congress (which will also be made aware of the issues) should act quickly to assure the safety of motorists if GM does not recall all defective vehicles that continue to endanger Americans on the roads.
Mark Modica is an NLPC Associate Fellow.
Was GM given a Get Out Of Jail Free card when Obama took over?
A good question.
The new GM says yes but the new CEO Mary Barra is taking this very seriously. I understand there are lawsuits being filed and old GM settled one that I know of.
I personally believe the courts will hold new GM responsible because of the fact GM ignored some of the problems and problems on some models.
We’ll have to wait to see what happens but this could cost GM some big bucks.
But Toyota has to pay $1billion dollars for an IMAGINARY ‘sudden acceleration’ problem, made most notably famous by a guy who claimed he could not stop his car and had to have a police cruiser pull in front of him and brake for him...
(later analysis proved he was holding down the accelrator and brake at the same time- he was never charged with any crime)
Yep, $1.2B is a very hefty penalty and this problem with GM went on for many more years with loss of life, injuries and much property damage.
Sounds like they lied to her to me.
Glad it didn’t cause a wreck or injury to you.
Fascism... communism by proxy.
So instead of the government making and allocating 2 cylinder POSs to those on the government Obamacar waiting list, they prop up the manufacturers of substandard deathtraps that should have gone the way of Traubis and Polska Fiats.
It's kind of like all the "eco" products on the market, with labels boasting of how GREEN the products and packaging are. The scratchy dysfunctional paper products pressed from mystery frankenfibers aren't all that different from the stereotypical commie toilet paper of old. Same with their generic plain-wrapped packaging of dubious substance.
Green is the new red, but this time the populace embraces it willing, as some sort of ego-boosting eco-religion.
Obamacare, Obamacar, Obamaconomy... "Obama" is apparently Newspeak for "Soviet".
kinda like Obama’s economy....no directional control!