GM recalls 1.3 million Cobalts, etc

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    GM recalls 1.3 million Cobalts, G5s for power steering problem

    Communications professionals know that the best time to release bad news about a company is at 5:15 pm on a Friday afternoon before a long weekend. By the time everyone comes back to work the following week, so much other stuff has happened that the story often gets lost in the shuffle. In the auto industry, another good time would be late in the evening just hours before a major overseas auto show while at the same time your biggest competitor is mired in a crisis of its own.

    As many of the world's automotive journalists were converging in Switzerland for the Geneva Motor Show late Monday night, General Motors announced it would recall 1.3 million Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s built between 2005 and 2010. GM will replace the motors on their electric power assisted steering (EPAS). Over time the motors can reportedly fail and lead to a loss of steering assist.

    When the EPAS fails, the result is similar to a belt breaking on a hydraulic power steering pump. The car is still drivable and controllable, but the steering effort at low speeds rises significantly, making it difficult to maneuver at parking lot speeds. At higher speeds, relatively little steering assist is needed and drivers should be able to make it safely to the side of the road if the warning lamp comes on.


    GM Recalls Compact Cars to Fix Power Steering Assist

    Safety Recall Covers 1.3 Million Chevrolet and Pontiac Models

    * ·2005 - 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
    * ·2007 - 2010 Pontiac G5
    * ·2005 - 2006 Pontiac Pursuit (Canada)
    * ·2005 - 2006 Pontiac G4 (Mexico)

    DETROIT -- General Motors will conduct a safety recall of 1.3 million compact cars to replace a motor in the power steering system. Vehicles affected are the 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt; 2007-2010 Pontiac G5; 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit sold in Canada, and the 2005-2006 Pontiac G4 sold in Mexico.

    GM told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the voluntary recall on Monday after concluding an investigation that began in 2009. NHTSA opened an investigation Jan. 27 into approximately 905,000 Cobalt models in the United States after receiving more than 1,100 complaints of loss of power steering assist, 14 crashes and one injury.

    "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," said Jamie Hresko, GM Vice President of Quality. "Recalling these vehicles is the right thing to do for our customers' peace of mind.

    "While greater steering effort under 15 mph may be required, if the customer experiences loss of power steering assist, it is important to note that the vehicle can still be safely controlled because the customer can still steer the vehicle," Hresko said. "When the condition occurs, both a chime will sound and a 'Power Steering' message will be displayed."

    Plans for the remedy are being developed. Customers will be notified when the plan is finalized.
  2. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! GM has once again failed as expected. What's next, exploding camaros? Ford has just earned themselves a first place position in the american market while GM is still kicking their own asses.
  3. My car has been recalled, AWESOME!!!!!

  4. You should have bought a Honda.
  5. With exploding airbags or driver side doors burning up??

    Yeah riiiiiiiight.
  6. Civic, fool.
  7. I hate that car, alot!
  8. But it's not a rolling abomination, unlike that turd you drive. <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/tongue.gif"></A>
  9. I prefer my crappy Pontiac over any stupid Civics.

    Civics are ugly, are everywhere, car insurance are expensive and WAY overated.
  10. I'm sorry, but do you honestly think the Sunfire isn't ugly and everywhere?

  11. Oh noes, no powersteering
    It's almost hard to find a car without
    I like them without
  12. EPAS is shit.
  13. dont you remember the first new Civics had problems with the ACCELERATOR PEDALS FALLING OFF?
  14. No, I don't.
  15. It's not a defect, it's a feature.
  17. Don't argue w/ a 90 year old.
  18. AIN'T THAT GREAT!!!!!!
  19. "While greater steering effort under 15 mph may be required,"

    This is no problem for V8Hulkman.
  20. I my LS400 I had a power steering pump leak and in the winter my power steering would randomly go out. I like it better without the power steering and I was contemplating taking the system out.
  21. USA! USA! USA!
  22. That's what they get for using electric motors for power steering, #$%#ing morons

    I know many manufactures are moving towards it, and I think in time they will regret it
  23. Cobalts & G5s are the biggest rolling pieces of shit on the road, i'd rather own a dodge caliber over one of those, and Calibers are the ugliest cars sold here in NA right now
  24. You think a Nissan Cube looks better than a Caliber?
  25. I had to google what a Nissan Cube was, but that looks pretty sweet

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