GM Recalls 1.3 million Chevy Cobalts and Pontiac G5s

As a result of an earlier investigation, GM has announced the recall of 1.3 million cars.  The bulk of them are in America, and are sold here as the Chevrolet Cobalt and the Pontiac G5.  The latter is no longer sold (as Pontiac is being shut down), but the former will be replaced soon by the Cruze.  In the mean time, 2005-2010 Cobalts and 2007 – 2010 G5s are being recalled for power steering issues.  The problem stems from a power steering motor which wears out, leaving the driver with no power steering.   While the car remains controllable, it requires more effort to steer, which has led to 14 accidents and 1 injury so far, in over 1,100 complaints.

The fix should include replacing the existing power steering motor with a redesigned one which should last quite a bit longer.

A statement from GM’s Vice President of Quality, Jamie Hresko, contained these quotes:

“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.”

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

Looks like GM has learned a little bit from all the trouble Toyota has had of late.

The recalled models are the following:

  • ·2005 – 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
  • ·2007 – 2010 Pontiac G5
  • ·2005 – 2006 Pontiac Pursuit (Canada)
  • ·2005 – 2006 Pontiac G4 (Mexico)

Customers will be notified once GM has an official fix for the issue.

by John Suit

Source: GM

  • ·2005 – 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
  • ·2007 – 2010 Pontiac G5
  • ·2005 – 2006 Pontiac Pursuit (Canada)
  • ·2005 – 2006 Pontiac G4 (Mexico)
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