General Motors is recalling a total of 67,414 sedans in Canada for power steering failures. The campaign covers 2005, 2006 and 2008 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx models as well as Pontiac G6 vehicles. The 2008 Saturn Aura is also included in the recall. Transport Canada says while power steering may fail, drivers will still be able to maintain control of their vehicle with additional steering effort. Owners will be notified of the failure by a chime and an illuminated warning light on the instrument panel.

Neither GM nor Transport Canada is saying what causes the failures, though the automaker has agreed to replace the steering column in 2005 and 2006 models, while 2008 vehicles will receive new power steering motor control modules. You can view the complete recall notice from Transport Canada below for more information. It is unclear whether or not U.S. vehicles will see a similar recall.
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Transport Canada Recall # 2012331

Recall Date 2012/10/01
Notification Type Safety TC
System Steering
Manufacturer Recall Number 12221
Units Affected 67,414
Category Car

Recall Details

Certain vehicles equipped with electric power steering may experience a sudden loss of power steering assist that could occur at any time while driving. If the power steering assist is lost, a message is displayed on the Driver Information Centre and a chime sounds to inform the driver. Steering control can be maintained, as the vehicle will revert to a manual steering mode, but requires greater driver effort at low vehicle speeds. Unless a driver compensates for this additional steering effort, loss of power steering assist may increase the risk of a crash causing property damage and/or personal injury. Correction: Vehicles will receive a special extended warranty coverage for a period of 10 years/240,000 km, whichever occurs first, from the date the vehicle was originally placed in service, regardless of ownership. Under this special coverage program, for 2005 & 2006 model year vehicles, dealers will replace the steering column. For 2008 model year vehicles, dealers will replace the power steering motor control module.

Make Model Model Year(s) Affected

CHEVROLET MALIBU 2005 2006 2008
PONTIAC G6 2005 2006 2008

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      • 2 Years Ago
      If this were a Ford. Autobloggers would be going insane, and ranting about Ford's products having constant problems... yadda yadda.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Recall only in Canada? Obama's fault up north too.
      • 2 Years Ago
      What`s with GM and steering issues ? My 2001 Silverado has had several problems with alignment and steering shafts. Seems like that is one weak link in many GM vehicles reguardless of what model you have.
      • 2 Years Ago
      " see honey buying a leftover isn't such a bad idea!" --2007 Malibu owner in Canada
      • 2 Years Ago
        • 2 Years Ago
        You are completeley on point. It's Obama's failed policies that caused GM to make faulty power steering from 2006 to 2008. Like Romney said, we should have let Detroit go bankrupt. No GM = No Recalls.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too bad we can't recall the leadership of GM.
      Big Squid
      • 2 Years Ago
      Every GM car is a quality car. Not a HIGH quality car, mind you . . .
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Big Squid
        There aren't many high quality brands these days. Blame corporate greed.
      • 2 Years Ago
      People need to realize GM outsources a lot of components, steering included. Time for a change of supplier.
      • 2 Years Ago
      We have a 05 Grand am and been having problems with the Trac control and ABS. Everytime we turn into parking space or leave the wheels turned the lights and tone come on. We have replaced both the harness and wheel bearings and that still didn't fix the issue. The shop is stumped on why this is happening. Does anyone have any ideas?
      • 2 Years Ago
      I could be wrong but don't they have electric steering??
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a 2006 Malibu LT sedan which was probably placed on the road in 2005. The other night I was pulling onto a busy street when all of a sudden the steering locks up, a display lights up on the dash reading \"POWER STEERING\" and chimes start dinging!! WHOLLY CRAP I am going to crash into those parked cars or end up on that busy sidewalk. I use all my force and manage to get the car to stop just behind one of the parked cars. I try to turn car off and maybe it will reset but NOPE!!!!!!!!! Heart was racing for sure. I contacted GM Canada immediately as I see a recall just done 6 months ago stating \'05 and \'06 Malibus have been recalled for losing power steering only to be told that the recall does not cover MY 2006 MALIBU!!!!!!!! WHICH is sitting in a parking lot with \"NO POWER STEERING\" and the recall for the 2006 Malibu does not cover. I was then told to contact a dealer and have them do diagnostic testing at my cost and that because the warranty is no longer applicable I would have to incur out of pocket costs when GM Canada has a recall on the 2006 2005 Malibus for the same problem and are paying for SOME Malibus. I have to warn how dangerous and scary this was. I thank God I did not hit a pedestrian or had my small children in the car with me at the time. Transport Canada indicates that they do have some additional complaints on file for the same issue but need to see an influx of complaints regarding issue. It is soooo important to place a report with Transport Canada as this is a very serious and dangerous situation. It can happen at any time and seems to be very common in ALL 2005 and 2006 MALIBUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have PROOF!!!!!!!!!!! BE CAREFUL
      • 2 Years Ago
      yea, only Canada? My 2008 G6 has had the 'intermediate shaft' replaced 3 times and oiled/greased another few times. its a common problem.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yup had to do my 2007 M/C SS's a few times too..
          • 2 Years Ago
          You mean you actually drive a Monte Carlo? The only car uglier that that is the new Camaro.
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