U.S. car-maker General Motors will recall 1.3 million compact cars to fix a power steering problem, announced yesterday the company on its website.
The affected vehicles are the Chevrolet Cobalt 2005-2010, the Pontiac G5 2007-2010, the Pontiac Pursuit 2005-2006 sold in Canada and the Pontiac G4 2005-2006 sold in Mexico, the company said in the notice published last night.
GM plans to replace the defective steering engines that are prone to fail, however they still don't have a precise location of the affected cars. Customers will be notified when necessary and company officials say the cars can be driven safely up to they prepare a repair.
GM's announcement came after the massive recalls of its Japanese rival, Toyota Motor Co., after numerous complaints of sudden acceleration and brake problems.
Toyota has removed more than 8.5 million vehicles, more than six million only in the U.S.
The GM recall, although smaller in scale than Toyota's, it's expanding the spectrum of problems reported by federal safety regulators.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA, for its acronym in English) has launched a preliminary investigation in late January about more than 905,000 Chevy Cobalts, after receiving more than 1,100 consumer complaints for failures in the driving wheel.
NHTSA has records that 14 crashes were the result of failures in the driving wheel, which one person was injured. In early February was announced a formal investigation.