2011 Chevrolet Impala
  • 2011 Chevrolet Impala
  • 2011 Chevrolet Impala

  • 2011 Chevrolet Impala
  • 2011 Chevrolet Impala

  • 2011 Chevrolet Impala
  • 2011 Chevrolet Impala

  • 2011 Chevrolet Impala
  • 2011 Chevrolet Impala

  • 2011 Chevrolet Impala
  • 2011 Chevrolet Impala

General Motors has announced that it is recalling certain Model Year 2012 Chevrolet Impalas for improper routing of the vehicle's upper power steering hose, which could lead to melting of the hose due to its close proximity to the catalytic converter. The safety concern is that the melted hose may drip power steering fluid onto the vehicle's catalytic converter, resulting in a blaze.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 10,344 Model Year 2012 Chevy Impalas manufactured between April 19, 2011 and July 29, 2011 could potentially be affected by this recall. GM dealers will inspect vehicles to ensure the upper power steering hose is routed correctly and make any repairs or alterations free of charge.

Click past the jump for a look at the NHTSA recall notice. Owners may contact NHTSA or General Motors for more information.
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):

CHEVROLET / IMPALA 2012

Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS LLC

Mfr's Report Date: AUG 05, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V398000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:HOSE, PIPING, AND CONNECTIONS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 10,344

Summary:
GM IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 CHEVROLET IMPALA VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 19, 2011, THROUGH JULY 29, 2011. THE UPPER POWER STEERING HOSE MAY HAVE BEEN MISROUTED SO THAT IT CAN COME IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO AND/OR CONTACT THE CATALYTIC CONVERTER. WITH THE ENGINE ON, HEAT FROM THE CATALYTIC CONVERTER MAY MELT THE POWER STEERING HOSE.

Consequence:
POWER STEERING FLUID COULD FLOW ONTO THE CATALYTIC CONVERTER, AND AN ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRE COULD OCCUR.

Remedy:
GM DEALERS WILL INSPECT TO ENSURE THAT THE UPPER POWER STEERING HOSE IS ROUTED CORRECTLY AND MAKE THE NECESSARY REPAIRS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 12, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438.

Notes:
GM'S SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 11224. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .
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      chrisgto
      • 3 Years Ago
      I agree with a preceding writer that if practicality is at the top of your list, this is a good car. I recently rented one for a 600 mile drive with 3 adult passengers. It was quiet and comfortable, and got 30 mpg on long flat highway runs. Though the car magazine guys hate these things, they make a good daily driver. While ripping around in a vette is great fun ( I have an older one) for a commute, vacation, or anything requiring carrying capacity, this is a good car. Only gripes were the side view mirrors are very small and create significant blind spots. The rear seat headrests also make it hard to see out the back.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Rayvan
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, GM is the only company that has recalls, right! Derp derp!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Will
      • 3 Years Ago
      Recall Letters were sent to all 3 independent registered owners, the rest of the vehicles sold were owned by Hertz, Budget, Enterprise and Avis who plan to take no corrective action. ;-)
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Will
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          danrarbc64
          • 3 Years Ago
          Plus, it'd be impossible to tell which year it is with without looking at a sticker. It looks straight outta 2002 (yes, I know the 'current' gen began in the 2006 model year)
        Al Terego
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Will
        One of those owners has already passed on due to old age.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      marcos
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow! That's a 2010 Impala. I thought that was a '98 Malibu
      Spiel
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't understand how GM could still be selling a car that looks like that and drives just as bad in these times. Aside from rental agencies, who would consider one when Ford and Japanese rivals are putting out more exciting and better handling cars.
      bobmarley
      • 3 Years Ago
      ***typo....should have read "Cheverolet Impala recalled for improper routing of power"
      • 3 Years Ago
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      GanzHimself
      • 3 Years Ago
      ...But how? This model has been in production for how long? Since the 2006 model year? C'mon GM. Really?
        TBN27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @GanzHimself
        design and engineering of vehicles change through their life cycle.
          danrarbc64
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TBN27
          You'd think it would get better, rather than go the direction of 80s-90s GM. But maybe I'm expecting too much of a multibillion dollar multinational.
        Giorgio
        • 3 Years Ago
        @GanzHimself
        The Impala has a new engine for 2012. I'd guess the new P/S hose can be assembled in more than one orientation (relative to other nearby parts), and one of those incorrect routes brings the hose too close to the converter.
      transam
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would like to know if everyone saying how bad this car drives and handles has actually driven one. This is a very comfortable, spacious, and relatively inexpensive large sedan with a huge trunk to boot. They are extremely quiet and competent highway cruisers and have reasonable fuel economy. If you dont like this car because its been drilled into your minds from the auto media, just move along. If you want to carry 4 or 5 real size people, their luggage and drive in comfort I cant think of a better car especially for the price.
        Scott
        • 1 Year Ago
        @transam
        You know they haven't, they just like to spew bile. Drive through any neighborhood or on any street and you'll see these things all over the place. There's a reason for that. They fit 4 actual sized adults, have an enormous trunk, they're powerful, comfortable, quiet, get decent mileage and they're affordable. I own a used 2012 LTZ and it's been excellent so far. Far more versatile than the new 2011 small SUV ( I won't say which) that it replaced.
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