Tuesday, March 2, 2010

General Motors Recalls 1.3 Million Compact Cars For Power Steering

Vehicle recalls are standard practice, happens all the time with hundreds of recalls every year, most voluntary by the manufacturer, not mandated by NHTSA. In fact, many dealers like recalls because it brings customers back into their showrooms while the vehicle is being fixed. A showroom visit ignites new car enthusiasm and a good look at the new products. I'm not going to fill my blog with every recall, it's an ongoing reality with every car company. High volume recalls on popular models are worth mentioning especially if they result in death, severe injury or crashes. Here's the latest one you're hearing in the news:

General Motors will conduct a safety recall of 1.3 million compact cars to replace a motor in the power steering system. Vehicles affected are the 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt; 2007-2010 Pontiac G5; 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit sold in Canada, and the 2005-2006 Pontiac G4 sold in Mexico.

GM told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the voluntary recall on Monday after concluding an investigation that began in 2009. NHTSA opened an investigation Jan. 27 into approximately 905,000 Cobalt models in the United States after receiving more than 1,100 complaints of loss of power steering assist, 14 crashes and one injury. GM says plans for the remedy are being developed. Customers will be notified when the plan is finalized.