General Motors is recalling more than 1.3 million vehicles due to issues that could cause the sudden loss of power steering, which could make it difficult for motorists to steer the affected vehicle at low speeds.
The following vehicles have been recalled:
- 2004 2006 and 2008-2009 Chevrolet Malibu
- 2004 – 2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx
- 2004 – 2007 Saturn Ion
- 2008 – 2009 Saturn Aura
- 2005 – 2009 Pontiac G6
- 2009 – 2010 Chevrolet HHR
- 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
Motorists who experience sudden loss of power steering capabilities will hear a chime and see a dashboard message advising them that something is wrong with the power steering. Although the vehicle can be steered without power assist, it will be much more difficult to steer at low speeds.
Parts to fix the defect are not yet available, however, GM will be notifying affected vehicle owners and will follow-up once the parts become available.
Previously, four of the models had been recalled due to a faulty safety ignition switch that was linked to dozens of car accidents and at least 13 deaths.