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 |  Mar 31 2014, 4:55 PM

GM Recalls Older Models To Fix Power Steering

As if fire risks and faulty ignition switches weren’t enough, General Motors is now calling back more cars for a completely separate issue. 

The American automaker has announced a new recall on 1.3 million older model year vehicles to fix the power steering unit. Depending on the specific vehicle, GM will be replacing the power steering motor, the steering column, the power steering motor control unit or a combination of the three. Around 60,000 of these vehicles have already been recalled for this issue, but GM now says that the implemented fix was not enough.

All of the models subject to the recall range from model year 2004 to 2010. They include every 2004 and 2005 Chevy Malibu along with some from the 2006, 2008 and 2009 model years. Also from Chevy, the 2009 and 2010 Malibu Maxx along with the non-turbo 2009- 2010 HHR, and the 2010 Chevy Cobalt.

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Some 2008 and 2009 Saturn Aura vehicles are affected, along with all 2004 through to 2007 Saturn Ions. Finally, all 2005 Pontiac G6s along with some from the 2006, 2008 and 2009 model years.

In addition to the recalls, GM is providing lifetime warranties for replacement of the electronic power steering motor for 309,160 non-turbocharged Chevrolet HHRs from the 2006-2008 model years, and 96,324 Saturn IONs from the 2003 model year.

2010-Chevy-Cobalt“With these safety recalls and lifetime warranties, we are going after every car that might have this problem, and we are going to make it right,” said Jeff Boyer, GM’s new VP of Global Vehicle Safety. “We have recalled some of these vehicles before for the same issue and offered extended warranties on others, but we did not do enough.”

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This is just another in a string of recalls from GM that started with the ignition switch issue. In that case, it is alleged that GM knew of the deadly issues with the cars in the early 2000s, but did not recall the cars until 2014. At least a dozen deaths came as a result of the faulty ignition switches.

GM has now committed to increasing its safety standard, and has been announcing new recalls for a variety of issues ever since the ignition switch recall came out.

For just the first quarter, GM has earmarked $750 million to fix all of the recalled vehicles, which include trucks and SUVs for an oil leak, Chevy Cruze models for faulty axle parts, Chevy Express vans for airbag issues, Cadillac ELRs for stability control issues, Cadillac XTS models for brake problems and finally a host of small cars including the Chevy Cobalt for faulty ignition switches.

In total, roughly 6.3 million vehicles have been called back by GM in the first quarter of 2014.

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