General Motors is recalling certain models of the Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6 over an issue with the vehicles’ power steering system.
The problem: in affected vehicles, the electric power steering assist system can suddenly fail and increase driver effort to steer the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. This is most perilous at low speeds when power steering is most helpful.
Affected vehicles: 2006-2007 model year Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6. Specifically:
- 2006-2007 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx manufactured between April 1, 2006 and June 30, 2006
- 2006-2007 Pontiac G6 manufactured between April 18, 2006 and June 30, 2006
Note that this is an expansion of recall 14V-153 to cover additional vehicles built between April 1, 2006 and June 30, 2006.
Number of vehicles affected: 69,633 vehicles.
The fix: GM will notify owners and dealers will replace the torque sensor assembly in the power steering system. The repairs will be conducted free of charge.
Contacts: owners may contact GM customer service at:
- Chevrolet: 1-800-222-1020
- Pontiac: 1-800-762-2737
GM’s number for this recall is 14772, and the NHTSA’s Campaign Number is 15V064000.