GM Recall Leads NHTSA to Close Saturn Ion Probe
The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration ended a four-year probe involving 2004-2007 Saturn Ion models after a recent General Motors recall. GM also recalled the Saturn Ions as part of an unrelated recall involving defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths, though some reports claim a far higher number. According to a recent Reuters report, the NHTSA filed documents in its online database last weekend, indicating it was ending the investigation. The U.S. safety agency initially began the investigation in January 2010. GM vehicle safety chief Jeff Boyer acknowledged the automaker had similar issues with power steering in the past and "did not do enough" in this case. The NHTSA had also come under fire for not pushing GM to recall affected models in the switch and power steering issues sooner. GM said if power steering assist is lost, a message is displayed on the dash and a chime sounds to inform the driver. NHTSA documents state "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." Despite the constant headlines and fallout over the recalls, GM president Dan Amman says he doesn't expect sales to be affected. We'll find out later next week when sales figures are released. Source: Reuters
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