Another GM recall covers 1.51 million cars to fix power-steering issue

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Detroit, MI, United States (4E) – General Motors announced Monday a new round of recall covering 1.51 cars sold worldwide to fix a power-steering problem.

The recall coming on the eve of GM CEO Mary Barra’s appearance before a House committee hearing on a delayed recall covers 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S., including some 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt models and some 2009 and 2010 Chevrolet HHR models that were also involved in the controversial ignition-switch recall.

Also covered by the recall are all Chevrolet Malibu models from 2004 and 2005 and some from 2006, 2008 and 2009; all 2004, 2005 and some 2006 Malibu Maxx models; all Saturn Ions from 2005-07; all 2005 Pontiac G6 models and some from 2006, 2008 and 2009; all 2008 and 2009 Saturn Auras.

In a news release, GM said the recalled cars’ defect is when the steering control reverts to manual if power steering is lost but “greater driver effort would be required at low vehicle speeds, which could increase the risk of a crash.”

GM said it will replace the power steering motor, steering column or power steering motor control unit of recalled models for free. Owners of affected cars would be reimbursed if they already spent for on related repairs.

The latest GM recall follows its expanded ignition switch recall in the U.S. covering additional 970,700 small cars from 2008-11, recall of half-million Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups and redesigned 2015 model-year SUVS, and recall of about 190,000 units of the Chevrolet Cruze from 2013 and 2014. The Silverado and Sierra recall will fix a transmission oil line issue while the Cruze recall will repair an axle half shaft that can fracture and separate.

Meanwhile, Barra told the House Energy and Commerce Committee that the company is still trying to find out why it took about 10 years for it to order a recall of cars with ignition switch defect learned in 2004. The faulty ignition switch can turn off the car when it is driving, disabling the airbags, the power steering and the anti-lock brakes. The flaw is being blamed for 12 deaths in the U.S. and one in Canada.

The recall made only in February covers 2.6 million cars worldwide for the Chevrolet Cobalt and HHR, the Pontiac G5 and Solstice, and the Saturn Ion and Sky models.

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