GM recalls 1.3 million cars over power-steering problem

By Kyle Johnson,

General Motors announced on Monday that another 1.3 million cars were being recalled, this time for a power steering problem.

The problem isn't a new one, since GM's vp global vehicle safety Jeff Boyer said models had been recalled before over the problem, but "we did not do enough." CNN reports that some of the vehicles recalled also overlap as part of the earlier recalls, such as the Saturn Ion, Chevrolet HHR and Cobalt.

Other recalled models include some 2004-2010 Chevy Malibu, Malibu Maxx, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura.

The problem involves the power steering dying and essentially leaving the car with manual stearing, which means that drivers could suddenly find themselves on the road needing to put in a lot more effort to used the wheel.

Late last week, GM recalled 824,000 vehicles as part of the more wide-scale faulty ignition switch problem.

It was claimed that the ignition switches in the vehicles affected by this recall were fine, but the auto manufacturer was worried after-market switches that were faulty could have been installed. About 13 people have been killed due to the problem.

A total of about 6.3 million cars have been recalled by GM for a couple different problems, with 2.6 million relating to the ignition switches, according to The Wall Street Journal.

GM CEO Mary Barra and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief David Friedman are set to go before a House subcommittee on Tuesday, in what will likely feature plenty of finger-pointing.

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