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by Matt Brogan

Over 1.3 million General Motors compact cars are involved in a recall in North America due to a power steering problem which has been linked to 14 crashes and one injury.

Approximately 905,000 Cobalt models are being investigated by the U.S. safety regulators after receiving over 1,100 complaints of power steering failures which include 14 crashes.

The cars involved have a manufacture date between 2005-2010 for the Chevrolet Cobolt and 2007-2010 for the Pontiac G5 in the U.S. For Canada the 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit and in Mexico the 2005-2006 Pontiac G4.

Once GM finished its investigation which began in 2009 it informed the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the voluntary recall.

GM said the affected vehicles can still be driven safely, if the power steering fails greater effort is needed to steer the car when driven below 15 mph (24 kmh). A warning light and chime will indicate the driver of the failure.

“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,” GM Vice President of Quality Jamie Hresko said in the statement.

“Recalling these vehicles is the right thing to do for our customers’ peace of mind,” he said.

GM are in the middle of developing a fix and customers will be informed when ready.

With the massive recall by Toyota still in the news both the public and motoring regulators are more sensitive and are treating all recalls seriously.




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