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GM power steering recall chartWhen it rains, it pours. General Motors has announced yet another major recall, covering 1.3 million units in the American market over concerns that their power steering could suddenly fail. As reported by The Detroit News' David Shepardson, GM has now recalled nearly ten times as many cars as it did all of last year.

It's important to note that should this problem arise in these cars, the steering won't fail completely, however, power steering could suddenly stop functioning. Manual steering would still be possible, but as GM says, there's an increased risk of accidents, particularly at lower speeds.

Like the ignition switch recall, this latest problem covers a wide range of vehicles from Chevrolet, Saturn and Pontiac. Normally, we'd give you the full rundown in paragraph form, but the variety of models and model years means a list is just easier. So, have a look, directly from GM's press release:

"Chevrolet Malibu: All model year 2004 and 2005, and some model year 2006 and model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles
Chevrolet Malibu Maxx: All model year 2004 and 2005, and some 2006 model year
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"


In addition to those cars, 309,160 HHRs from 2006 to 2008 and 96,324 Saturn Ions from 2003 will get lifetime warranties for their power steering motors.

"With these safety recalls and lifetime warranties, we are going after every car that might have this problem, and we are going to make it right," Jeff Boyer, GM's new vice president of global vehicle safety said in a statement. "We have recalled some of these vehicles before for the same issue and offered extended warranties on others, but we did not do enough."

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GM Recalls Older Model Vehicles to Fix Power Steering

DETROIT – General Motors informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today that it would recall more than 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. that may experience a sudden loss of electric power steering assist.

If power steering assist is lost, a message displays on the Driver Information Center and a chime sounds to inform the driver. Steering control can be maintained because the vehicle will revert to manual steering, but greater driver effort would be required at low vehicle speeds, which could increase the risk of a crash.

Models subject to safety recall are the:

Chevrolet Malibu: All model year 2004 and 2005, and some model year 2006 and model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles
Chevrolet Malibu Maxx: All model year 2004 and 2005, and some 2006 model year
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
Depending on the vehicle, GM will replace free of charge either the power steering motor, the steering column, the power steering motor control unit or a combination of the steering column and the power steering motor control unit. Customers who previously paid for repairs of these parts would be eligible for reimbursement.

In addition, 309,160 non-turbocharged Chevrolet HHRs from the 2006-2008 model years (and several hundred 2009 models) and 96,324 Saturn IONs from the 2003 model year that are not subject to these recalls will be given lifetime warranties for replacement of the electronic power steering motor.

"With these safety recalls and lifetime warranties, we are going after every car that might have this problem, and we are going to make it right," said Jeff Boyer, vice president, GM Global Vehicle Safety. "We have recalled some of these vehicles before for the same issue and offered extended warranties on others, but we did not do enough."

The 2004-2007 Saturn ION, the 2009-2010 Chevrolet HHR and the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt are included in previously announced recalls for ignition switches that may not meet GM specification for torque performance. Repairs for the ignition switch and power steering assist may require separate dealership visits depending on parts availability.

GM expects to take a charge of up to approximately $750 million in the first quarter, primarily for the cost of recall-related repairs announced in the quarter. This amount includes a previously disclosed $300 million charge for three safety actions announced on March 17 and the ignition switch recall announced Feb. 25.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com


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      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow. Barra has been handed the keys to a train wreck.
      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Something tells me Toyota will at all costs want to remain the recall King for this year once again no matter what GM does...
        RM
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Master Austin
        Posting this on every GM recall article isn't going to take the heat away from GM. Toyota had their recalls but my God this is insane. Based on the history of recalls over the past few years, toyota will have to work really hard to surpass roughly 6 million vehicles recalled in less than 4 months.
        404 not found
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Master Austin
        I'm pretty sure it's just you telling yourself that.
        404 not found
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Master Austin
        I'm pretty sure it's just you telling yourself that.
        RM
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Master Austin
        Posting this on every GM recall article isn't going to take the heat away from GM. Toyota had their recalls but my God this is insane. Based on the history of recalls over the past few years, toyota will have to work really hard to surpass roughly 6 million vehicles recalled in less than 4 months.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Say what you will, but Mary Barra is pretty much taking out the garbage left behind by her predecessors.
        ChrisH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        oh be honest, they saw what happened to Toyota and that fine and are merely trying to minimize the damage.
        Karfreek
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        "Mary Barra is pretty much taking out the garbage left behind by her predecessors." She is? I have not seen any one get fired. The garbage is still there being protected.
        Chsutera
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        I feel bad for her. She walked headfirst into a **** pile and gets blamed for everything.
          Quest
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chsutera
          Really? She's only been at GM for 30+ years. Her father worked on the line, she came up through the ranks, she went to Kettering (GM Institute)... http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=40221799&ticker=GM She knows how the biz works, she doesn't need anyone to feel sorry for her - it's patronizing to her. If she needed to be felt sorry for she shouldn't have the job - methinks she would agree.
        Karfreek
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        "Mary Barra is pretty much taking out the garbage left behind by her predecessors." She is? I have not seen any one get fired. The garbage is still there being protected.
        Karfreek
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        "Mary Barra is pretty much taking out the garbage left behind by her predecessors." She is? I have not seen any one get fired. The garbage is still there being protected.
      rstonnerdd
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not sure what the CEO is paid, but probably would not be enough to have to face a gaggle of self-rightous, know-it-all politicians of all stripes. A tiny bit of advice - Keep your head low and your ammo dry.
      cameron
      • 1 Year Ago
      Okay so basically if you have a GM product, it's more likely than not to have a recall.
      S40Powered
      • 1 Year Ago
      Time to put GM to rest. This is embarrasing.
      Robert Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hard to believe, the wheels are literally falling off GM
      Milwaukee, WY
      • 1 Year Ago
      Might as well get it all out right now while they're already receiving bad press. Seems like Toyota did the same thing back in 2010 when their unintended acceleration debacle was in full swing. My guess is if there are any other open investigations for suspect parts, they'll pull the trigger now that the media and public are already consumed by previous bad news. Better now than in six months when the company's reputation might have begun to recover.
      budwsr25
      • 1 Year Ago
      These recalls are just the beginning for GM. I read a story the the FEDS are investigating GM for fraud. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffreydorfman/2014/03/27/feds-investigate-gm-for-bankruptcy-fraud-ignore-own-behavior-on-fannie-and-freddie/
      aaron
      • 1 Year Ago
      normc32, you have been strangely absent from all these GM recall threads. Odd considering your fascination with recalls.
        RM
        • 1 Year Ago
        @aaron
        You may want to check the hospital....Possible cardiac arrest.
        Karfreek
        • 1 Year Ago
        @aaron
        He is too busy nursing his stiffy from the Buick Regal beating the CLA and VW CC in this months Motor Trend comparison...
        Milwaukee, WY
        • 1 Year Ago
        @aaron
        Well, give credit where credit is due. It's a pretty nice Vauxhall. ;-)
        Karfreek
        • 1 Year Ago
        @aaron
        He is too busy nursing his stiffy from the Buick Regal beating the CLA and VW CC in this months Motor Trend comparison...
      Really
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's time to change the anacronym's true meaning to "General Morons"
      W. Gregory
      • 1 Year Ago
      On a positive note...the postage GM is going to need to send out all of these recall notices should return the USPS to profitability.
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