GM Recalling 1.3M Compacts for Power-Steering Fix
Steering failures affect Chevrolet Cobalts, Pontiac G5s
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2010 12:28 AM CST
GM is recalling 2005-2010 Cobalts, 2007-2010 Pontiac G5s, 2005 and 2006 Pontiac Pursuit models sold in Canada, and the 2005 and 2006 Pontiac G4s sold in Mexico.    (AP Photo/Ric Francis)
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(Newser) – General Motors is recalling 1.3 million compact vehicles sold in the US, Canada, and Mexico, to correct a power steering problem. The automaker says the problem, which affects 2005 to 2010 Chevrolet Cobalts and 2007 to 2010 Pontiac G5s, causes occasional power steering failures. GM says the cars are safe to drive until a fix is ready, the AP reports.

"While greater steering effort under 15 mph may be required, these vehicles are safe to drive because the customer can still steer the vehicle," GM's vice president of quality said in a statement. "When the condition occurs, both a chime will sound and a 'Power Steering' message will be displayed." Older models will be fixed first because the problem usually only appears after the vehicles have been driven over 20,000 miles, he said.