GM Issues Million-Car Recall

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Car buyers steered clear of Toyota dealerships following massive recalls, but those who opted to buy certain General Motors cars instead might be facing recalls due to safety hazards as well.

About 1.3 million Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s in the U.S., Pontiac Pursuits in Canada and Pontiac G4s in Mexico are being recalled after 1,100 complaints that drivers lost power steering assistance. The company says it will replace a motor in the power steering system to resolve the problem.

Drivers crashed their cars in 14 of these cases, and one crash resulted in an injury, GM says. In the U.S., the recall affects 2005-2010 model year Cobalts and 2007-2010 Pontiac G5s.

"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 GM (Stock Quote: GM) spokesman Jamie Hresko in a prepared statement.

Hresko also noted that even if power steering is lost, steering is still possible, though more effort may be required at speeds less than 15 miles per hour. If there is a problem with power steering, a “Power Steering” message will be displayed and warning chime will sound, GM says.

In January, U.S. sales of Ford and GM vehicles rose by double-digit percentages following Toyota (Stock Quote: TM) recalls, according to USA Today. But the recent GM recall may just make Ford the most trusted brand for safety.

While MainStreet previously reported that Ford (Stock Quote: F) vehicles were among the least fuel-efficient cars, it’s probably better to be safe than fuel efficient.

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