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News   March 2, 2010   by Auto Service World

GM recalls 1.3 million compact cars

Reuters is reporting General Motors Co is recalling 1.3 million compact cars in North America to fix a power steering problem linked to 14 crashes and one injury.

U.S. safety regulators opened an investigation on January 27 into some905,000 Cobalt models in the United States after getting more than 1,100 complaints of power steering problems. 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.

GM said it told the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the voluntary recall on Monday after concluding its own investigation that began in 2009. The vehicles can be still be “safely controlled” but it may require greater steering effort under 15 mph.