GM Recalls 81,123 Chevrolet, Pontiac Models for Power Steering Loss

Feb 14, 2015 12:24 PM EST | Jordan Ecarma


General Motors announced a recall today for 81,123 Chevrolet Malibu, Malibu Maxx and Pontiac G6 models from 2006-'07 that can abruptly lose power steering assist, the Detroit News reported.

The recall, which includes around 69,000 vehicles in the United States, will involve dealers replacing the steering shaft torque sensor.

Reflecting GM's new direction when it comes to safety, this recall expands a safety campaign from last year that involved recalling 1.3 million vehicles after GM discovered that a faulty sensor could cause issues with the EPS system, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"The expansion came about after the auto maker received an inquiry from Transport Canada," the Journal reported. "The safety agency had received consumer complaints in Canada about EPS failures in vehicles not covered in the original recall. The recall covers a global number of cars but primarily in Canada."

The automaker expanded the recall for vehicles built from April 1, 2006 to June 30, 2006 "because GM has since identified an additional, contributing cause of the EPS failures," said the company, as quoted by the Detroit News.

GM is aware of one crash in connection with the recall but no injuries or fatalities.

The automaker is still dealing with the fallout from a 2.6 million-vehicle recall about a year ago involving small cars with problematic ignition switches. 

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