GM recalls 1.3M vehicles for power steering issues

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DETROIT (WOOD/AP) — General Motors has announced that 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. have been recalled due to power steering issues, according to a news release posted on GM’s website Monday.

The recall includes several different makes and models between the years of 2004 to 2010 including:

  • All 2004 and 2005 Chevy Malibus and Chevy Malibu Maxx
  • Some 2006, 2008 and 2009 Chevy Malibus and 2006 Chevy Malibu Maxx
  • Some 2010 Chevy Cobalts
  • Some 2009 and 2010 Chevy HHRs (Non-Turbo)
  • Some 2008 and 2009 Saturn Auras
  • All 2004-2007 Saturn IONs
  • All 2005 Pontiac G6s, as well as some from 2006, 2008 and 2009
  • Service parts in some vehicles installed before May 31, 2010 under a former safety recall

GM will replace any necessary parts under the recall for free, the release said.

“With these safety recalls and lifetime warranties, we are going after every car that might have this problem, and we are going to make it right,” said Jeff Boyer, vice president, GM Global Vehicle Safety in the release. “We have recalled some of these vehicles before for the same issue and offered extended warranties on others, but we did not do enough.”

On March 28, GM announced nearly 1 million more vehicles would be added to an unrelated recall that covered defective ignition switches, the Associated Press reported. That increase boosted the number of recalled vehicles to 2.6 million. That recall prompted the automaker to name a new safety chief and speed up pending recalls.

The company expects recall-related costs to total $750 million in the first quarter, the Associated Press reports.

Click here for more details on the power steering recall.

Dee-Ann Durbin of the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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