Following the investigation launched by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, General Motors announced today it is recalling 1.3 million cars for issues pertaining to the power steering assist.
Cars recalled include the 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, the 2007-2010 Pontiac G5, along with the 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit (a Canadian-market model) and G4 (sold in Mexico). NHTSA opened an investigation into the issue January 27, after receiving more than 1100 complaints of a loss of power steering assist, which could lead to a collision. GM says it started its own investigation in late 2009, and notified NHTSA of the voluntary recall yesterday. “After our in-depth investigation, we found that this is a condition that takes time to develop,” said Jamie Hresko, GM’s vice president of quality. “It tends to occur in older models [that are] out of warranty. Recalling these vehicles is the right thing to do for our customers’ peace of mind.” Hresko notes that a vehicle that loses its power steering can still be safely controlled and steered, although extra effort may be required, especially at speeds under 15 mph. GM is still ironing out the remedy for this situation, but will notify owners as soon as dealers are ready to install a repair.