DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Government documents reveal General Motors knew about power steering failures — and yet– waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures.

This after the automaker received thousands of consumer complaints and warranty repair claims.

Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not seek a recall of the 2004-2007 compact cars even though it opened an investigation more than two years ago.

The government’s auto safety watchdog found the problem caused 12 crashes and two injuries.

The documents were posted on the NHTSA’s website Saturday.

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