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GM Recalling 1.3 Million Vehicles Over Same Steering Problems Affecting the Toyota Corolla


MARCH 2, 2010 — GENEVA — 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 Tuesday.

U.S. safety regulators opened an investigation on January 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.


Robert Lutz GM Vice Chairman: Electric power system is the same system as the Toyota Corolla and the parts come from a Toyota owned supplier.

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Tom March 2, 2010 at 9:03 am

Why did it take so long for GM to do this recall. Toyota has been on the ball and announced their recall weeks ago. If they are from the same supplier… it doesn’t make sense.


d March 2, 2010 at 9:07 am

I demand congressional hearings.


Tracy March 2, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Funny, but when Toyota announced their recall on Corolla, I don’t remember them saying, “By the way, GM also uses this same part.” Not only does Lutz try to drag Toyota down by reminding everyone that the Corolla has the same part, he takes it a step further by saying Toyota is a part owner of the company that supplies the part. What great leadership! Accept as little responsibility as possible and blame someone else. No wonder GM had to be bailed out!


Gary Cheek March 8, 2010 at 7:47 am

Ah, Tracy…Toyota did try to blame CTS for their throttle problem. A problem that was present with throttles from the previous supplier. They did not mention however that CTS was just building a Toyota designed part. Indeed, Toyota was in a better position to order the recall since they are the source of the parts. GM on the other hand needed to arrange with the Toyota source not only the fix but the availability of replacement parts . This may have been the reason for them being a bit later to the “party”… A party that would not have taken place without the defective parts from the Toyota subsidiary. The bail out had a lot more to do with the government allowing manipulation of the Yen and dropping their gaurd in the motgage industry than it had to do with defective parts from an Asian source.


Mariaantonia March 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Driving the right car? A Chevrolet Celebrity isn’t what someone who is doing well would drive .even in the 80s .if this guy is a bakner, I estimate we know for sure that he isn’t skimming money off from the bank.


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