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GM To Recall 1.3M Cars – Steering Probs

From a surprisingly un-outraged Associated Press:

GM to recall 1.3M compacts for steering problem

Tue Mar 2

DETROIT – General Motors Co. is recalling 1.3 million Chevrolet and Pontiac compact cars sold in the U.S., Canada and Mexico to fix power steering motors that can fail.

The recall affects 2005 to 2010 Chevrolet Cobalts, 2007 to 2010 Pontiac G5s, 2005 and 2006 Pontiac Pursuits sold in Canada and 2005 and 2006 Pontiac G4s sold in Mexico.

The automaker said Monday the vehicles are still safe to drive and never lose their steering, but it may be harder to steer them when traveling under 15 mph.

GM spokesman Alan Adler said it will take time for the automaker to get 1.3 million new power steering motors from the supplier, JTEKT Corp., and GM will notify car owners when the parts are available.

Adler said the failures are rare and the cars can still be driven until motors can be replaced by dealers. Drivers will see a warning light and hear a chime if the power steering fails, but they could be surprised when the steering becomes more difficult.

GM told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the recall on Monday. NHTSA began an investigation into 905,000 of the models on Jan. 27 after getting 1,100 complaints that the cars lost their power steering assist. The complaints included 14 crashes and one injury.

The automaker will fix older models first because it usually takes 20,000 to 30,000 miles of driving for the condition to develop, Adler said. GM also will have to repair thousands of vehicles on dealer lots before they can be sold, he said…

Where are the calls for Congressional hearings?

By the way, according to US Recall News there were 8.6 million vehicles recalled in 2008.

In 2009, there were 15.2 million vehicles recalled.

Isn’t it how bizarre that Toyota got so much attention when they are fighting the UAW?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “GM To Recall 1.3M Cars – Steering Probs”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Sure hope this doesn’t cause GM/OBamamotors any embarrassment.(sarc)

    I’m actually amazed that this was even reported. But, the shine is definitely dulling on the one’s brass crown.

    • Steve says:

      As the actual head of General Motors, Mr. Obama will be hauled before Congress to testify any minute now.

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