It’s that time again – safety recall time. It seems like we hear about new recalls nearly every day now. But this time the news comes from a domestic automaker, GM. The Big Three company is recalling 1.3 million Chevrolet and Pontiac vehicles sold in the U.S., Canada and Mexico due to faulty power steering motors.
In the U.S., the recall affects 2005 to 2010 Chevrolet Cobalts and 2007 to 2010 Pontiac G5s. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received 1,100 complaints, including 14 crashes and one injury, related to the problem.
“The automaker said the vehicles are still safe to drive and never lose their steering, but it may be harder to steer them when traveling under 15 mph,” writes the Associated Press. GM also notes that the failures are rare and drivers will even see and hear a warning if the power steering fails. The condition usually develops after 20,000 or 30,000 miles.
According to the Detroit Free Press, this is GM’s largest recall “in a number of years.” They go on to note that “GM recalled 2.2 million vehicles in 2009, and its total number of vehicles recalled had been falling in recent years as the company said it was catching problems earlier in production.” GM will notify car owners when new power steering motors are available.