10/19/2011 - NHTSA to investigate 382,000 Saturn Ions
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has upgraded its investigation of a car model whose brand has been terminated.
According to the NHTSA, 382,000 Saturns - a brand that was discontinued by General Motors in 2009 - are being investigated after it received more than 4,000 complaints from motorists who say they lost control of their vehicle.
The traffic safety firm says the majority of the complaints filed have to do with Saturn Ions, model years between 2004 and 2007, which suddenly lose their electronic power steering capability. Sixteen of the complaints alleged that the increased effort to steer the wheel after losing power led to an accident, two of which resulted in the drivers being injured.
General Motors had a similar problem with Chevy Cobalts in 2010, as 1 million vehicles were recalled due to a defect in the model's power steering assist motor.