General Motors has issued a recall for 2006 and 2007 models of the Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, and Pontiac G6. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles can suddenly lose electric power steering, making them much harder to control and increasing the risk of accidents.
If that sounds a bit familiar, it should: GM recalled 2008 models of the Malibu and G6 (along with the Saturn Aura) for exactly the same problem last year. At the time, the automaker blamed a torque sensor associated with the cars' electronic power steering system. GM believed that the issue was limited to vehicles built during a particular window, after which changes were made to the sensor by the supplier, Nexteer.
However, the problems were found to pre-date that window a bit. In NHTSA's chronology of the issue, the agency notes that Nexteer components manufactured with additional silver plating to shore up electrical connections performed much better. This new recall is meant to fix 2006 and 2007 models that suffer from problems similar to those found on their 2008 siblings.
Specifically, this recall applies to:
- 2006-2007 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx models built between April 1, 2006 and June 30, 2006
- 2006-2007 Pontiac G6 models built between April 18, 2006 and June 30, 2006
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All together, GM says that the recalls affect 69,633 vehicles registered in the U.S.
GM hasn't officially told NHTSA of its timeline for issuing this recall, but in the company's notice to dealers, it says that "The customer letter mailing will begin February 19, 2015". After owners receive those recall notices, they'll be able to take their vehicles to a dealership, where the torque sensor assembly will be replaced, free of charge.
If you believe that you own one of these vehicles, you're encouraged to contact Chevrolet customer service at 800-222-1020 or Pontiac customer service at 800-762-2737 and ask about recall #14772. If you like, you can also contact NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and inquire about safety campaign #15V064000.