GM has issued a voluntary recall on 1.3 million compact cars due to a problem with the power steering system that has resulted in 14 crashes and one injury. Vehicles affected include the 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2007-2010 Pontiac G5 and 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit sold in Canada and 2005-2006 Pontiac G4 sold in Mexico.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation on January 27th on 905,000 Cobalts after receiving more than 1,100 complaints of failures with the power steering. According to GM, the problem tends to occur in older models out of warranty. If the power steering fails, it will take greater effort to steer the vehicle under 15 mph, but GM notes that the vehicle can still be safety controlled. If this problem occurs, a chime will go off and a “Power Steering” message will illuminate on the dash.
GM is currently working on developing a fix and customers will be notified when a plan is in place.
In light of the recent Toyota recalls, automakers as well as NHTSA, will likely be more forthcoming and swift acting in investigating customer complaints and responding with the necessary remedies and recalls.
To check for recalls on your vehicle, visit: Safercar.gov.—Liza Barth