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Will General Motors recall all there is?

Staff writer ▼ | March 31, 2014
General Motors said it would recall more than 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. that may experience a sudden loss of electric power steering assist.
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General MotorsGeneral Motors said 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.

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.


 

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