The defect: according to Russian federal regulatory agency Rosstandart, tests have shown the cars’ hydraulic assisted steering system could develop cracks in temperatures below minus 40 Celsius (-40 Fahrenheit).
The hazards: if cracks develop in the steering system, vehicles could become unmanageable, resulting in a crash.
Affected vehicles: Chevrolet Aveo sold between November 2011 and last month.
Number of vehicles affected: approximately 70,200.
GM has yet to provide a solution to the recall. However, we imagine that the fix will involve dealers replacing components of the steering system free of charge to the customer.
Owners should: those looking to find out if their vehicle is included in this Chevrolet Aveo recall should visit recalls.gm.com. There, owners will be able to enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see any open recalls as well as customer satisfaction programs. If the vehicle is part of the recall, customers should take it to a dealer.
Alternatively, customers can call their local Cadillac dealer with their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
Owners can also contact GM customer service with questions by using the following information.
- Chevrolet Customer Service Russia: 8-800-200-00-76
- GM Recall Number: not available
The recall comes on the heels of a $900 million USD fine imposed on the automaker in September in the United States over the infamous ignition switch fiasco, which resulted in the recall of 2.6 million vehicles and is linked to at least 124 deaths.
Last spring, General Motors announced that it would pull its Chevrolet and Opel brands out of Russia, idling its factory in Saint Petersburg, thereby leaving only Cadillac as the only GM brand in the country. However, the move could be a temporary measure by GM to safeguard against the collapse of the local auto market associated with the plunging value of the ruble and economy. The negative economic conditions in the country are the result of sanctions imposed by the west on Russia over the Ukraine conflict.