DETROIT - General Motors is recalling more than 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. due to a power steering issue.
Drivers of the recalled vehicles may experience a sudden loss of electric power steering assist. GM says on their website that if the assist is lost, steering control can still be maintained manually, but the greater effort required from the driver could increase the risk of a crash.
Models subject to the recall are as follows:
• Chevrolet Malibu: All model year 2004 and 2005, and some model year 2006 and model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles
• Chevrolet Malibu Maxx: All model year 2004 and 2005, and some 2006 model year
• Chevrolet HHR (Non-Turbo): Some model year 2009 and 2010 vehicles
• Chevrolet Cobalt: Some model year 2010 vehicles
• Saturn Aura: Some model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles
• Saturn ION: All model year 2004 to 2007 vehicles
• Pontiac G6: All model year 2005, and some model year 2006 and model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles
• Service parts installed into certain vehicles before May 31, 2010 under a previous safety recall
GM also noted that some non-turbocharged Chevrolet HHRs and Saturn IONs not subject to the recall will be given lifetime warranties for their electronic power steering motor.
“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, vice president, GM Global Vehicle Safety in a statement posted to GM's website. “We have recalled some of these vehicles before for the same issue and offered extended warranties on others, but we did not do enough.”
On Tuesday, General Motors CEO Mary Barra is expected to apologize to consumers over their massive ignition switch recall at a congressional hearing.
This comes just days after GM asked dealers to stop selling some Chevy Cruzes . GM has received backlash over the past few weeks after being accused of issuing a recall years too late, when ignition problems were said to be causing fatal crashes for the past decade.
What to do if your vehicle is recalled
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provided the following advice for drivers whose vehicles are included in the recall:
Consumers impacted by GM’s safety recall should have their vehicles serviced promptly once they receive notification. In the meantime, NHTSA urges owners and drivers to follow GM’s recommendation to use only the ignition key with nothing else on the key ring when operating the vehicle and seek the permanent repair remedy from GM as soon as replacement parts become available. The agency will monitor consumer outreach as the recall process continues and take additional appropriate action as warranted.
For updates about the latest recalls, visit nhtsa.gov .