The Newest Chevrolet Recall
Apparently, General Motors has not learned their lesson about holding off on recalls for their vehicles when they know about faulty systems. The newest recall will involve certain years of the Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Cobalt, as well as Saturn vehicles. This is in addition to the most recent news that General Motors had waited over 10 years to recall a large amount of its product line due to the faulty ignition switches (and this issue resulted in several deaths because of auto accidents).
This new recall involves issue with the electronic power steering system in the affected cars. While not as disconcerting as a sudden loss of power (as with the previous recalls), losing power steering can be just as tragic, especially if it occurs at the most dangerous and inconvenient times (such as in the middle of a sharp turn). General Motors and Chevrolet received thousand complaints about the issue over the last several years; however, they never issued any recalls or service bulletins about the issue, until now.
It’s even more worrisome that federal regulators also knew about the problem, yet they failed to demand that General Motors issue a recall. With General Motors being hauled to court already over the earlier recalls, it’s likely that this will cause even more problems for them, and now the federal regulators may also be dragged into the fray. General Motors and Chevrolet also can’t claim that they didn’t realize there was a problem because dealerships were reporting that they were honoring warranty repairs on one out of every eleven Saturn Ions for the power steering issue.
The bad problem is that even if your car is one of the affected makes and models, you’re not going to be able to get it repaired or fixed just yet. Chevrolet doesn’t have the parts to fix the problem yet and it may be at least another month before they get them in and even longer before they are distributed to all of the dealerships. So, you could be driving around a defective car for a little while.
Notification letters are supposed to be sent out later in the month to registered owners of the affected cars and they can then contact their dealership to find out when they can get it fixed. It’s not being said whether Chevrolet will give current owners replacement cars so they’re not driving around cars with dangerous defective parts; however, there are reports that while some GM dealerships did this for the earlier recall, there are many that also refused to do this.
It would make sense for Chevrolet to offer the replacement cars because it’s possible that if someone is driving around an affected car and an accident occurs, Chevrolet could still be held liable because they refused to provide the temporary replacement knowing that a faulty condition was possible. If you own a 2010 Cobalt, 2009-2010 HHR, 2004-2006 or 2008-2009 Malibu, 2004-2006 Malibu MAXX, 2005-2006 or 2008-2009 Pontiac G6, 2008-2009 Saturn Aura, or a 2004-2007 Saturn Ion, it’s likely that this product recall is going to affect you. You’ll want to contact your dealership immediately to see your options and what you can do to get the car repaired as soon as possible.