More bad news for General Motors has emerged after the automaker announced today that it would recall an additional 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. The recall comes as the company pledged it would perform an intense review of its internal processes, which was prompted by the controversial recall of more than 2.5 million of its small cars worldwide. GM expects to take a hit of up to $750 million this quarter due to the cost of recall-related expenses and repairs.
The Problem: Vehicles included in the recall may experience a sudden loss of electric power steering assistance. This could make steering inputs harder, resulting in an increased risk of an accident. GM says if power steering assist is lost, a message displays on the Driver Information Center and a chime will sound to inform the driver of the failure.
- all Chevrolet Malibus from 2004-2005 model years and some from 2006, 2008 and 2009 model years
- every Malibu Maxx from 2004-2005 model years and some from the 2006 model year
- some Chevrolet HHRs (non-turbo variations) from model year 2009 and 2010
- some Chevrolet Cobalts from the 2010 model year
- some Saturn Aura sedans from the 2008 and 2009 model year
- all Saturn Ions from the 2004 to 2007 model year
- all Pontiac G6s from the 2005 model year and some from 2006, 2008 and 2009 model years
Number of Vehicles Being Recalled: 1,340,447 vehicles are included in this round of recalls. In addition to recalled models, GM will give 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 extended lifetime warranties for replacement of the electronic power steering motor.
The Fix: Repairs for the problem vary depending on the vehicle. No matter the model, GM will replace either the power steering motor, the steering column, the power steering motor control unit or both the steering column and the power steering motor control unit free of charge. For more information, you may call either a Chevrolet, Pontiac, or Saturn service line available here on GM’s contact page.