The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has closed its safety probe on the 2004-2007 Saturn Ion.
The four-year probe into power steering problems involved almost 335,000 vehicles that are also part of the ignition switch recall. The probe is being closed after GM recalled the vehicles last month and the Ion was among 1.5-million cars the American automaker recalled for possible loss of power steering on March 31.
“GM indicated that steering control can be maintained in manual (unassisted) steering mode, but would require greater driver effort at low vehicle speeds, which could increase the risk of a crash,” said NHTSA.
A dozen crashes related to the power steering issue have been reported with two resulting in injuries to the drivers according to NHTSA documents. According to GM, if power steering assistance is lost, a message is displayed on the dash and a chime sounds to inform the driver.
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