According to details from AOL Autos, General Motors announced a recall of vehicles made between 2005 and 2010 due to complaints about power steering in several North American models.
Are you, a potential new car buyer, a little weary because of the number of products liability recalls that have been issued in 2010? Design defects have caused recalls in Toyota, Honda and Ford, and General Motors (GM) has now unfortunately joined the club.
General Motors issues recall of four vehicles made between 2005-2010.
General Motors announced a voluntary recall after the National Highway and Traffic Safety administration finished an investigation that began in January of 2009. Their investigation was prompted by 1,100 complaints regarding the loss of power steering assistance leading to 14 auto accidents where drivers and passengers suffered personal injuries.
The recall is associated with the following four cars:
- 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
- 2007-2010 Pontiac G5
- 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit (sold in Canada)
- 2005-2006 Pontiac G4 (sold in Mexico)
According to details, drivers can still control the affected models in the event that the power steering turns off, but driving under 15 m.p.h. would require greater effort. In a released statement, spokesmen for GM say the defect develops through time, but preventative measures are better for owners.
“After our in-depth investigation, we found that this is a condition that takes time to develop,” said the GM Vice President of Quality. “It tends to occur in older models out of warranty. Recalling these vehicles is the right thing to do for our customers’ peace of mind.”
General Motors hasn’t announced a way to fix the design defect, yet, but plans are being developed. When those methods are finalized and proven to work, customers will be notified. Until then, owners of recalled cars can contact their dealer or GM directly by visiting the company’s owner center website.
Recalls are inevitable in many consumer products. Our auto accident lawyers in San Diego know that cars and trucks have many parts, and not every design is perfect. The auto accidents that were caused by this power steering defect didn’t cause any wrongful deaths, and luckily the recall was issued to fix the problem before one could happen.
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