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New GM recall affects 1.3 million cars

Published On: Mar 31 2014 03:47:26 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 31 2014 08:06:43 PM CDT
General Motors

Reuters

General Motors issued a new recall Monday affecting 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. for a sudden loss of power steering.

The recall comes one day before CEO Mary Barra will testify before Congress about how the company handled a different recall of 2.2 million vehicles in the U.S. for an ignition switch problem which has been tied to 13 deaths.

About 6.1 million vehicles have now been recalled by GM since February, WDIV-TV reported.

Although Monday's recall is the result of a separate issue, some of the affected cars overlap, including the Saturn Ion, Chevrolet HHR, and the Cobalt.

The loss of power steering issue affects some 2004-2010 Chevrolet Malibu, Malibu Maxx, Saturn Aura, and Pontiac G6 models.

Models included in the recall announced on Monday:

-- Chevrolet Malibu: All model year 2004 and 2005 vehicles, and some model year 2006 and model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles.

-- Chevrolet Malibu Maxx: All model year 2004 and 2005 vehicles, and some 2006 model year vehicles.

-- Chevrolet HHR (Non-Turbo): Some model year 2009 and 2010 vehicles.

-- Chevrolet Cobalt: Some model year 2010 vehicles.

-- Saturn Aura: Some model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles.

-- Saturn ION: All model year 2004 to 2007 vehicles.

-- Pontiac G6: All model year 2005, and some model year 2006 and model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles.

-- Service parts installed into certain vehicles before May 31, 2010, under a previous safety recall.

GM said that some of these cars had been recalled before for the same issue. But Jeff Boyer, GM's newly appointed vice president of global vehicle safety, said they were asking drivers to bring them in again because, "we did not do enough."

GM could not be immediately reached for further comment.

In the case of the power steering loss, the car will revert to manual steering. Although steering can be maintained, it requires greater driver effort a low speeds and could increase the risk of a crash, the company said.

Repairs for vehicles included in both the power steering and ignition switch recalls may require separate dealership visits, depending on parts availability.

GM now expects to take a charge of about $750 million this quarter, primarily due to recall-related costs.

General Motors will recall more than 1.3 million vehicles that may experience a sudden loss of electric power steering assist, the company said in a statement.

If the assist is lost, a message displays on the car’s display with an audible chime. The company said steering control can be maintained because the vehicle will revert to manual steering.
However, there could be greater risk of a crash because the driver would need to use more effort to steer at low speeds, GM aid.

A congressional investigation into the General Motors recalls has found that both GM and federal safety regulators missed chances to fix the problem ahead of a series of fatal crashes.

The findings are detailed in a report from the House Energy & Commerce Committee, which on Tuesday will hold hearings into the delayed recall of faulty ignition switches now linked to 13 deaths.

Models included in the recall announced on Monday:

-- Chevrolet Malibu: All model year 2004 and 2005 vehicles, and some model year 2006 and model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles.

-- Chevrolet Malibu Maxx: All model year 2004 and 2005 vehicles, and some 2006 model year vehicles.

-- Chevrolet HHR (Non-Turbo): Some model year 2009 and 2010 vehicles.

-- Chevrolet Cobalt: Some model year 2010 vehicles.

-- Saturn Aura: Some model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles.

-- Saturn ION: All model year 2004 to 2007 vehicles.

-- Pontiac G6: All model year 2005, and some model year 2006 and model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles.

-- Service parts installed into certain vehicles before May 31, 2010, under a previous safety recall.