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G.M. Recalls Another 1.3 Million Vehicles Due to Power Steering Loss

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The recalls keep on coming for General Motors. The automotive giant recalled an additional 1.3 million vehicles on Monday, citing a defect that can cause the risk of losing power steering.

G.M. said the defect is unrelated to the massive ignition switch recall that has caused the company to take on a firestorm of criticism. The latest recall comes after an internal review launched by G.M. in response to its recall of 2.4 million vehicles because of the faulty ignition switches that cause vehicles to suddenly shut off, Law360 reported. 

G.M. said that a portion of the 1.3 million vehicles recalled for power steering issues had previously been recalled or had their warranties extended, but that admitted the company had not done enough, according to Law360.?The recalled models include certain Chevrolet Malibu, Maxx, HHR and Cobalt; Saturn Aura and Ion; and Pontiac G6 vehicles from model years 2004 to 2010. According to the recall notice, the vehicles can abruptly lose electric power steering assist. When the power assist is shut off, drivers must use more strength the steer the vehicle, which puts them at greater risk for an accident.

The newest recall adds to what was already shaping up to be a busy week for the automaker. G.M. chief executive Mary Barra is scheduled to face her first inquiry on Capital Hill on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, congress and federal prosecutors continue to investigate whether G.M. should have acted sooner on its ignition switch recall. While G.M. continues to defend its stance, evidence has piled up suggesting that it had information that the ignition switch was failing for more than a decade.

The recalled ignition switch problem occurs when a vehicles’ keys slips from the “run” position to “accessory,” cutting off power to engine components. This can also lead to the airbags failing to deploy in the event of a crash.

Lawmakers released a memo on Sunday that painted an unpleasant picture of the way G.M. handled the ignition switch problem. According to the memo, the company had knowledge of the issue in 2005, but an engineering manager recommended against fixing the problem because the potential solutions were too costly, Law360 reported.

Over the last couple of weeks lawsuits have started to trickle in against General Motors.
According to Law360, the first known personal injury lawsuit was filed on March 21 in Minnesota by relatives of two women who died and one who was seriously injured in a Chevrolet Cobalt, allegedly due to a faulty ignition switch.

A second lawsuit was filed in Alabama and named ignition component manufacturer Delphi Automotive PLC as a defendant.?To date, more than a dozen class actions have also been filed in federal district courts across the country, alleging that G.M. concealed the defect in an effort to keep sales strong, Law360 reported.

Lawmakers are also starting to take action. In an unprecedented move, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., asked prosecutors last week to require G.M. to set up a victims’ compensation fund while the criminal investigation of the company unfolds, Law360 reported. disclaimer: This article: G.M. Recalls Another 1.3 Million Vehicles Due to Power Steering Loss was posted on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 at 6:47 pm at and is filed under Accident Lawsuits.

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