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01-13-2004, 06:47 AM
article in local paper:

General Motors recalling about 800,000 automobiles; Steering defect believed to affect 55,000 in Canada U.S. investigating failures that could affect even more
The Toronto Star
Tue 13 Jan 2004
Page: D4
Section: Business
Source: Associated Press

General Motors Corp. says it is recalling more than 800,000 cars because of a power-steering defect that has led to at least eight injuries.

GM also is facing a separate government investigation into alleged failure of brakes, power steering and windshield wipers, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said yesterday. The investigation could affect more than 1.2 million vehicles.

GM said it will recall 750,000 cars in the United States and about 55,000 in Canada, all made between Jan. 1, 1996, and Oct. 31, 1997. The models are the 1996 Buick Regal; 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme; 1997-98 Oldsmobile Cutlass, Chevrolet Lumina, Monte Carlo and Malibu; and 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue cars. Also, some 1996 Pontiac Grand Prix and Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, and 1997-98 Buick Regal cars are being recalled.

Drivers have experienced intermittent losses of power steering when making left turns, especially at low speeds, GM said. The drivers experienced higher resistance when turning left, followed by unintended power assist to the right that could pull the car in that direction, the company said.

Eight injuries have been reported that may be related to the defect, the auto maker said. GM will begin instructing car owners in February to bring the affected vehicles in for repairs.

The highway traffic and safety administration is investigating 2500- and 3500-series pickup trucks after receiving 19 complaints alleging loss of power brake or power steering. The alleged defect, which could affect 660,000 trucks, is blamed for at least two crashes and one injury.

The agency is also investigating alleged windshield-wiper failure on the 2002-2003 models of the Chevrolet Trailblazer, the GMC Envoy, the Isuzu Ascender and the Oldsmobile Bravada. The administration and GM have received a total of 1,172 complaints about the alleged defect, which is blamed for two crashes but no injuries. GM also reports 43,219 warranty claims for windshield-wiper failure.

Administration investigations sometimes lead to recalls.

01-13-2004, 09:38 AM
Could be worse... could be a motor issue
like those massive import recalls lately!