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GM recalls cars with power steering problems

Posted March 31, 2014

— General Motors recalled another million cars Monday on the basis of a power steering problem. GM told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the cars were at risk of losing power steering control.

Included in the recall are:

  • Chevrolet Malibu: All model year 2004 and 2005, and some model year 2006 and model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles
  • Chevrolet Malibu Maxx: All model year 2004 and 2005, and some 2006 model year
  • Chevrolet HHR (Non-Turbo): Some model year 2009 and 2010 vehicles
  • Chevrolet Cobalt: Some model year 2010 vehicles
  • Saturn Aura: Some model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles
  • Saturn ION: All model year 2004 to 2007 vehicles
  • Pontiac G6: All model year 2005, and some model year 2006 and model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles

The new recall brings to 6.1 million the number of vehicles GM has recalled since February. The initial recall — now at 2.6 million small cars for an ignition switch defect — prompted the automaker to name a new safety chief and speed up pending recalls.

The company expects recall-related costs to total $750 million in the first quarter.

In the latest recall, the power steering control at risk for failure, leaving drivers with manual, or more difficult, steering which puts them at risk for a crash, GM said.

Drivers can get free replacement of the power steering motor, the steering column or a combination of the two. Vehicle owners who have already paid to repair or replace those parts can get reimbursed.

Recall builds on recall

A federal safety regulator says General Motors didn't share key information that might have led to a faster recall of small cars.

In written testimony to a House subcommittee, acting National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief David Friedman says GM had information connecting defective ignition switches to the non-deployment of air bags, but didn't share it until last month.

GM has recalled 2.6 million small cars because their ignition switches can fall out of the run position, causing car engines to stall and air bags to fail.

House and Senate subcommittees plan hearings starting Tuesday to find out why GM didn't recall the cars sooner and why the government never investigated the cars.

Friedman says NHTSA considered an investigation but decided GM's air bag failure rates weren't higher than peers.

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  • Nancy Martin Mar 31, 2014
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    I wonder if the feds will fine them as they did Toyota, which was not nearly as bad or involve as many deaths.

  • Obamacare returns again Mar 31, 2014

    So it's a safe bet if you own a GM car it's currently being recalled.

    I guess when you can't hide design flaws any longer it's best to recall every single car ever made.