GM Recalls Compact Cars to Fix Power Steering Assist
Â Safety Recall Covers 1.3 Million Chevrolet and Pontiac Models
2005 - 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
2007 - 2010 Pontiac G5
2005 - 2006 Pontiac Pursuit (Canada)
2005 - 2006 Pontiac G4 (Mexico)
DETROIT -- General Motors will conduct a safety recall of 1.3 million compact cars to replace a motor in the power steering system. Vehicles affected are the 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt; 2007-2010 Pontiac G5; 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit sold in Canada, and the 2005-2006 Pontiac G4 sold in Mexico.
GM told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the voluntary recall on Monday after concluding an investigation that began in 2009. NHTSA opened an investigation Jan. 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.
"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. âRecalling these vehicles is the right thing to do for our customers' peace of mind.
"While greater steering effort under 15 mph may be required, if the customer experiences loss of power steering assist, it is important to note that the vehicle can still be safely controlled because the customer can still steer the vehicle,â Hresko said. âWhen the condition occurs, both a chime will sound and a âPower Steeringâ message will be displayed.â
Plans for the remedy are being developed. Customers will be notified when the plan is finalized.
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