Another Day, Another GM Recall: 1.3M Brought In for Power Steering

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On the day before CEO Mary Barra is scheduled to sit before a House subcommittee to testify in regards to General Motors’ (NYSE:GM) ongoing defective ignition case, the company put out yet another recall for potentially faulty electric power steering, covering 1.3 million vehicles.

The recall effort now brings GM’s total recalled vehicles up to 6.1 million since January. It covers the Chevrolet Malibu from model years 2004 and 2005, and some model year 2006 and model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles; the Malibu Maxx from model years 2004 and 2005, and some 2006 models; non-turbocharged Chevrolet HHR models from 2009 and 2010; Chevrolet Cobalts from 2010; Saturn Aura sedans from model years 2008 and 2009; Saturn ION sedans from model years 2004 to 2007; and Pontiac G6 models from 2005, and some model year 2006 and model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles.

This is entirely separate from the 2.6 million-plus vehicles that were recalled over the well-publicized ignition switch recall, which was first launched in January and then expanded in February. It’s also separate from the million-plus vehicles recalled for airbag concerns. Suffice it to say that General Motors isn’t having a stellar year on the safety front.

It’s almost as if Barra — who took the helm from Dan Akerson in January — stumbled upon a stash of recalls that should have taken place but never did, and now the company is making up for years of not taking action. It’s believed that GM knew of the ignition switch defect as early as 2001, though it took 13 years and 13 deaths until the necessary measures were taken.

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