GM Recall Affects 1.3 Million Cars

Got a 2005 – 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt or 2007 – 2010 Pontiac G5?  Then listen up.  GM is recalling these and 2005 – 2006 Pontiac Pursuits (for those of you in Canada) and 2005 – 2006 Pontiac G4 (in Mexico).  NHTSA opened an investigation Jan. 27  after receiving more than 1,100 complaints of loss of power steering assist, 14 crashes and one injury.  Fortunately loss of power steering doesn’t affect a vehicle much at highway speeds, but it makes navigating parking lots much more difficult.   

GM’s press release is below. 

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. “Recalling 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,” Hresko said. “When the condition occurs, both a chime will sound and a ‘Power Steering’ message will be displayed.”

Plans for the remedy are being developed. Customers will be notified when the plan is finalized.

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