GM issues recall to fix steering

    General Motors Co. is pulling more than a million cars off the road to take care of a dangerous steering problem.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    General Motors Co. is pulling more than a million cars off the road to take care of a dangerous steering problem.
     
    The automaker announced today that it would be recalling 1.3 million compact cars to address power-steering problems with several of its models. The company revealed in a statement released today that it received over 1,100 complaints that drivers noticed a loss of power steering assist. The defect is linked to 14 crashes and one injury.
     
    "After our in-depth investigation, we found that this is a condition that takes time to develop. It tends to occur in older models out of warranty," Jamie Hresko, GM vice president of quality, said in a statement. “Recalling these vehicles is the right thing to do for our customers’ peace of mind.”


     
    Jamie is asking customers experiencing a power-steering problem to bear in mind that they can still safely steer and control the car. 


     
    The voluntary recall would affect the following makes and models:

    2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt

    2007-2010 Pontiac G5 

    2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit (sold in Canada)
    2005-2006 Pontiac G4 (sold in Mexico)


     
    At press time, GM was working to develop a solution to the problem, and consumers will know as soon as a plan is in place. 


     
    This recall comes amid news that GM sales have actually increased in the wake of Toyota’s poorly handled recall to fix acceleration problems. The
    Associated Press reports the car company reported a nearly 12 percent jump in sales, and GM sales officials believe that number will continue to climb this spring.


     
    Meanwhile, according to
    The New York Times, Toyota has discovered an acceleration problem with Camrys built in 2007 or before. The publication found that Toyota had the most crash-related complaints of all automakers, and that Camrys posed particular problem. 


     
    For example, out of 175 speed-control complaints filed against the 2002 Camry, about half of them resulted in a collision.



     

     

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