General Motors is recalling 1.3 million compact cars because of a steering problem that has been linked to 14 crashes and one injury.
The recall involves 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2007-2010 Pontiac G5 sold in the United States and the 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit sold in Canada, the 2005-2006 Pontiac G4 sold in Mexico.
The company said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched an investigation on January 27th into 905,000 Cobalt models after receiving more than 1,100 complaints of power steering failures.
“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," said Jamie Hresko, GM Vice President of Quality. “Recalling these vehicles is the right thing to do for our customers' peace of mind.
"While greater steering effort under 15 mph may be required, if the customer experiences loss of power steering assist, it is important to note that the vehicle can still be safely controlled because the customer can still steer the vehicle,” Hresko said. “When the condition occurs, both a chime will sound and a ‘Power Steering’ message will be displayed.”
According to GM plans for the remedy are being developed. Customers will be notified when the plan is finalized.