General Motors Recalls Keep Coming With 1.3 Million New Vehicles

2004 Chevy Malibu

General Motors has issued another recall, this time affecting 1.3 million vehicles in the American market that could experience an electric power steering assist failure.

This latest in what is becoming an increasingly long list of recalls bring the total number of recalled vehicles for the year to nearly ten times what General Motors recalled during all of last year.

Although the electric power steering assist could fail, steering won’t fail completely so the vehicle will still be able to maneuvered with manual steering. The sudden loss of the electric power assist could, however, increase the risk of an accident and so the recall has been issued.

If electric power steering is lost, the driver will be notified through the Driver Information Center along with an audible chime. Some of the vehicles in this recall have actually already been recalled previously, but General Motors has determined that additional repairs are required.

The list of affected vehicles includes:

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

Repairs will involve replacing the power steering motor, steering column, and power steering motor control unit, with the exact combination of replaced parts dependent on the model of the vehicle. These repairs will be conducted free of charge to customers, but it is possible some customers have already had this work done and paid for it themselves. In those cases, owners will be eligible for reimbursement from General Motors.

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Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.