General Motors recalls 1.3M vehicles over steering issue

DETROIT - General Motors has recalled 1.3 million vehicles that could experience a sudden loss of power steering assist.

According to the company's website, "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."

Affected models include:

  • ■ 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  

General Motors has recalled 1.3 million vehicles that could experience a sudden loss of power steering assist.General Motors has recalled 1.3 million vehicles that could experience a sudden loss of power steering assist.General Motors has recalled 1.3 million vehicles that could experience a sudden loss of power steering assist.

The announcement comes on a day of intense scrutiny for GM.

A new memo from the House subcommittee investigating the General Motors recalls says GM discussed two separate fixes for an ignition switch defect but canceled them without taking action.

The memo was released Sunday, ahead of the subcommittee's Tuesday hearing on GM's recall of 2.6 million small cars for an ignition switch defect linked to 13 deaths.

According to the memo, GM engineers met early in 2005 to consider making changes to the ignition switch after reports it was moving out of position and causing cars to stall. But an engineer said the switch was "very fragile" and advised against changes, which were later canceled because they would take too long and cost too much.

Later that year, GM also approved but then canceled a change to the key design.

For more information on other recalls, visit http://www.recalls.gov/ .

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