General Motors is recalling over 1.5 million older vehicles that could suffer from sudden loss of electric power. The eighth recall in the past six weeks has increased the number of recalled vehicles to nearly 6 million. The recall covers: Chevrolet Malibu (all MY 2004 and 2005 and some MY 2006, 2008 and 2009 vehicles); Chevrolet Malibu Maxx (all MY 2004 and 2005, and some MY 2006 vehicles); Chevrolet HHR Non-Turbo (some MY 2009 and 2010 vehicles); Chevrolet Cobalt (some MY 2010 vehicles); Saturn Aura (some MY 2008 and 2009 vehicles); Saturn Ion (all MY 2004 to 2007 vehicles); and Pontiac G6 (all MY 2005, and some MY 2006, 2008 and 2009 vehicles).
A spokesman for GM said that the carmaker has knowledge of “some crashes and injuries that could be related to the loss of power steering in these vehicles.”
Some of the models covered by the eighth recall are also covered by the recall of 2.2 million cars over a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 deaths. GM said in a statement that owners of the vehicles might be required to make separate dealership visits to fix each issue.
According to GM, a sudden loss of power steering would make more difficult to control the vehicle, thereby increasing the risk of a crash.
The fix entails a replacement of the power steering motor, the steering column, the power steering motor control or a combination of those systems, depending on the vehicle. GM expects to take a charge of up to around $750 million in the first quarter, mainly for cost to cover recall-related repairs disclosed during the period.