GM Power Steering Recall ExpandedFebruary 20, 2015
The troubled automaker announced last week that it was expanding a 2014 GM power steering recall. The new recall covers more than 81,000 additional vehicles, including 70,000 in the U.S. The expanded GM power steering recall includes the 2006-7 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx and the 2006-7 Pontiac G6. The previous recall covered more than 1.3 million vehicles. The power steering recall is the second-largest in the company’s history, behind the 2.6 million vehicles recalled for faulty ignition switches.
Problems Behind GM Power Steering Recall
The problem stems from potential power failure in the power steering system. The problems can affect the power steering motor, the steering column, the steering control unit, or a combination of the three. While drivers would not lose control of the vehicle, the manual steering requires more effort from drivers to avoid a crash. A New York Times investigation revealed that GM had been sending service bulletins to dealers regarding the problem for years. The bulletins directed dealers to fix the problem only if drivers complained.
Cars Included In GM Power Steering Recall
The company did not issue a GM power steering recall to vehicle owners until March 2014. The initial GM power steering recall included 2004–05 Malibus and Malibu Maxxes, as well as some 2006, 2008 and 2009 Malibus and 2006 Maxxes. The list also included several vehicles from the company’s ignition switch recall list. These vehicles included 2009-10 Chevrolet HHRs, 2010 Chevrolet Cobalts, 2004-07 Saturn Ions, all 2005 and some 2006, 2008 and 2009 Pontiac G6s.
GM Power Steering Recall Highlights Automaker’s Problems
The expanded GM power steering recall has become the latest example of how the automaker has handled, and in some cases, mishandled, its safety recall process. The GM power steering recall came just a few months before the massive ignition switch recall, which covered more than 2.2 million vehicles in the U.S. alone. The company’s handling of that issue led to Congressional hearings and fines from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration of $35 million.
GM Power Steering Recall Shows Latest Problems
While the ignition switch recall has grabbed the headlines, the GM power steering recall has also caused major hassles for owners. Drivers who own vehicles affected by both problems may have to make two trips to their dealers. Each problem depends on the dealer’s supply of repair parts, so even if a driver gets one problem fixed, the other may linger until parts become available. While only one crash and no injuries have been tied to the GM power steering recall, more than 50 death claims have been paid off from the massive ignition switch recall.
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