The reasons behind recalls for Saturn cars vary and include issues relating to the car's transmission on specific models and problems with certain models losing electric power steering while in the drive mode. The exact reason for recalls on Saturn cars depends on the model.
GM recalled about 56,124 Saturn Aura vehicles due to issues with the transmission. The shift cable on the transmission could break and could cause the car to roll away. Although customers might set the transmission into the park mode, the transmission might not register it, making the car risky to operate.
Power steering recalls affected more than 1.3 million Saturn Ion and Saturn Aura vehicles. The Saturn Sky and Saturn Ion cars also experienced a recall involving the car's ignition switch. The defect affected the 2003 to 2007 models. Those that left the ignition switch unreplaced face issues with the airbag not working during a crash. GM offered a free replacement to correct the issue for consumers. Although GM no longer makes Saturns, its car repair service centers still repair issues from Saturn car recalls for consumers, as of 2015.
Saturn was a popular vehicle in the 1990s, according to Forbes. The brand stopped producing its vehicles in October of 2010.