You beat me to it.
The Autonews article I saw is almost, but not quite identical to the
one you quoted. I would like to know what is different about the
"electronic power steering" used in these models and the electric
power steering used in the Saturn Vue I owned. I looked up the parts
at Rock Auto and am a little confused. They listed three different
replacement options for these cars. In addition to the Chevrolet and
Pontiac models mentioned in the recall, the Rock Auto information
implies the same steering system used for some Cobalts was also used
on 2003-2007 Saturn Ions. I don't see those mentioned in the article.
Has GM already disowned responsibility for Saturns? Maybe there are
multiple steering systems used on these cars and only some are
Here is the summary from the NHTSA Defect Investigation:
ODI HAS RECEIVED 1,132 COMPLAINTS ALLEGING SUDDEN LOSS OF ELECTRIC
POWER STEERING (EPS) IN THE SUBJECT VEHICLES. MOST OF THE COMPLAINTS
(754) HAVE BEEN RECEIVED IN THE PAST SIX MONTHS. APPROXIMATELY 10
PERCENT OF THE COMPLAINTS ALLEGE THAT THE LOSS OF STEERING ASSIST
RESULTED IN DIFFICULTLY CONTROLLING THE VEHICLE, SUCH AS DEPARTING
FROM THE DESIRED TRAVEL LANE. ELEVEN COMPLAINTS ALLEGE THAT THE SUDDEN
INCREASE IN STEERING EFFORT CAUSED BY THE ALLEGED DEFECT RESULTED IN A
CRASH, WITH ONE ALLEGING AN INJURY. A PRELIMINARY EVALUATION HAS BEEN
OPENED TO ASSESS THE FREQUENCY, SCOPE AND SAFETY CONSEQUENCES OF THE
ALLEGED DEFECT IN THE SUBJECT VEHICLES.
NHTSA request to GM for documents is at:
It specifically mentions the Saturn Ion.
The NHTSA Recall Database doesn't include the information on this
recall yet. It will be an interesting read.
Here is the Autonews article:
GM recalling 1.3M vehicles over steering problems
March 2, 2010 - 1:46 am ET
DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co. is recalling 1.3 million
compact cars in North America to address a power steering problem that
has been linked to 14 crashes and one injury, the company said on
U.S. safety regulators opened an investigation on Jan. 27 into
approximately 905,000 Cobalt models in the United States after
receiving more than 1,100 complaints of power steering failures. The
complaints included 14 crashes and one injury.
The recall covers the 2005-2010 model year Chevrolet Cobalt and
2007-2010 Pontiac G5 in the United States; 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit
sold in Canada, and the 2005-2006 Pontiac G4 sold in Mexico, GM said
in a statement.
GM said it told the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration about the voluntary recall on Monday after concluding
its own investigation that began in 2009.
GM said the affected vehicles can be still be "safely controlled" but
it may require greater steering effort under 15 mph (24 kph). Drivers
will see a warning light and hear a chime if the power steering fails.
"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," GM Vice President of Quality Jamie Hresko said in the
"Recalling these vehicles is the right thing to do for our customers'
peace of mind," he said.
GM said it is currently developing a remedy to fix the problem and
will notify customers when the plan is finalized.