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GM Issues Third Massive Recall for Alleged Defective Power Steering

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Detroit, MIFurther to the massive GM recalls involving alleged defects in air bag deployment and ignition switches, General Motors has now issued a third large recall involving more than 1.3 million vehicles in the US and 145,700 in Canada that may experience a sudden loss of electric power steering assist.

In a statement, the automaker notes that drivers will know if the power steering assist is lost, because a message displays on the Driver Information Center and a chime sounds as an alert. They add that steering control can be maintained because the vehicle will revert to manual steering, but greater driver effort would be required at low vehicle speeds, which could increase the risk of a crash.

The GM models subject to the latest safety recall are the:

Chevrolet Malibu: All model year 2004 and 2005, and some model year 2006 and model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles

Chevrolet Malibu Maxx: All model year 2004 and 2005, and some 2006 model year

Chevrolet HHR (Non-Turbo): Some model year 2009 and 2010 vehicles

Chevrolet Cobalt: Some model year 2010 vehicles

Saturn Aura: Some model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles

Saturn ION: All model year 2004 to 2007 vehicles

Pontiac G6: All model year 2005, and some model year 2006 and model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles

Service parts installed into certain vehicles before May 31, 2010 under a previous safety recall.

In addition, 309,160 non-turbocharged Chevrolet HHRs from the 2006-2008 model years (and several hundred 2009 models) and 96,324 Saturn IONs from the 2003 model year that are not subject to these recalls will be given lifetime warranties for replacement of the electronic power steering motor.

The 2004-2007 Saturn ION, the 2009-2010 Chevrolet HHR and the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt are included in previously announced recalls for ignition switches and which are blamed for 13 deaths, 12 in the US and one in Canada, that will the subject of a House subcommittee hearing Tuesday where CEO Mary Barra is scheduled to testify.

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I own a 2007 Chevy Cobalt SS, I live in Belize. My vehicle had a malfunction while driving, it lost power steering, however it did not result in a accident. I would like to know if I could claim from GM for faulty part?

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