Certain GM owners will be joining Toyota owners on the recall lines as 1.3 million Chevrolet and Pontiac vehicles have been targeted for recall due to a power steering failure issue that is tied to 14 crashes and 1 injury in the United States. Those vehicles to be recalled include the 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2007-2010 Pontiac G5, the Canadian-sold 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit, and the 2005-2006 Pontiac G4, which was sold in Mexico.
The NHTSA was advised by GM on Monday about the recall, after GM concluded an internal investigation that was started in January of 2009. The NHTSA opened its own investigation covering 905,000 Cobalts after receiving 1,100 similar complaints.
GM said that the issue tends to develop over time, and is unlikely to affect those vehicles under warranty. The condition has been noticed to impact those vehicles that have been driven 20,000 to 30,000 miles. It is important to note that even if the power-steering failure occurs, the vehicle can still be controlled safely, as the consumer will still be able to steer the vehicle.
– By: Stephen Calogera