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GM Recalls Compacts to Fix Power Steering Loss

Safety Recall Covers 1.3 Million Chevrolet and Pontiac Models.

by on Mar.02, 2010

So far Toyota is not recalling the Corolla, which uses the same electric motor.

General Motors Company will conduct a safety recall of 1.3 million compact cars to replace a motor in the power steering system.

There have been ongoing complaints about the complete loss of power steering assist in Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G4, G5, and Pursuit cars.

There is also a stop sale on all current production Cobalt models until a new power steering motor is installed.

GM told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the safety recall on Monday after concluding an investigation that began in 2009.

NHTSA opened an investigation January 27 into approximately 905,000 Cobalt models in the United States after receiving more than 1,100 complaints of loss of power steering assist, 14 crashes and one injury. All of these are now recalled.

The part is also, apparently shared with the Toyota Corolla, which is of course under pressure for its delays in safety recalls.Toyota subsequently said it is “still  studying” the issue.

The latest development shows automakers scrambling to announce recalls and extend service actions (sometimes called secret warranties because they weren’t announced), in the wake of the harsh criticism directed at NHTSA and Toyota for their handling of safety and quality matters on millions of vehicles.   (more…)