GM has announced that it is recalling 1.2 million vehicles to address a power steering problem that has been linked to 14 crashes and one injury.
A loss of power-steering assist sometimes occurs at speeds of less than 15 mph in the following cars:
- 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
- 2007-2010 Pontiac G5 in the United States;
- 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit sold in Canada,
- 2005-2006 Pontiac G4 sold in Mexico.
The recall follows an investigation by NHTSA after 1,132 complaints of power steering failures that could make the cars hard to control.
“After our in-depth investigation, we found that this is a condition that takes time to develop. It tends to occur in older models out of warranty,” said Jamie Hresko, GM vice president of quality, in a statement. “Recalling these vehicles is the right thing to do for our customers’ peace of mind.”
The cars are apparently safe to drive even if the outage occurs, but it will require more effort to steer the vehicle. You’ll know its happening when the steering becomes difficult and you hear a chime and see a “Power Steering” warning light coming on.
GM says they are developing a recall plan and will notify owners soon.
GM to recall 1.3 million cars over Cobalt, G5 power steering complaints [Detroit Free Press]