G.M. To Recall Cars Due to Steering Problem

Some 1.3 million compact cars manufactured by General Motors have defective power steering mechanism and would have to be recalled. In an announcement released late Monday, G.M. said the power steering motors of some Chevy and Pontiac vehicles are prone to breakdown, although it assured that the cars are safe to use even without the fix.

G.M. Vice-President Jamie Hresko said drivers can still steer the vehicles, but he admitted that “greater steering effort under 15 mph may be required” when the steering motor malfunctions. The company would replace the defective steering motors, but it has yet to announce when the fix would be ready.

G.M.’s announcement comes just days since Toyota President Akio Toyoda faced a congressional inquiry over the Japanese carmaker’s response, or lack thereof, to the complaints about various problems with its cars.

Among those that G.M. would recall are at least 900,000 Chevy Cobalts, Pontiac G5s, Pontiac Pursuit sold in Canada, and Pontiac G4s delivered to Mexico.