General Motors is issuing another recall, this time for power steering problems. Yesterday, the automaker said power steering assist may go out and revert to manual steering, which means drivers will have to use more effort to control the vehicle. GM officials say some injuries and crashes, but no deaths, have been reported because of the problem.
The recall covers over 1.5 million vehicles including Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Cobalt, Saturn Ion and Pontiac G6 over several model years. This year GM has recalled more than 6.3 million vehicles, including nearly 2.6million due to ignition switch issues.
"The law is pretty clear, you need to report defects within five days. Not five years, not ten years," said Michigan Congressman Fred Upton.
That is part of the reason General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be in the congressional hot seat Tuesday afternoon before a House committee investigating the recall of over two-million vehicles. Upton chairs the Energy and Commerce subcommittee bringing her in, and wants answers.
"We want to know where the system broke down. Why didn't it get someone's attention, why are we only finding out about it in the last couple of weeks?" he asked.
The automaker expanded the recall on Friday, and also said late last week it now links the ignition switch and airbag problems to 13 deaths. Congress is expected to grill Barra about how much GM officials knew, and when they knew it. Reports indicate the problems were first discovered over a decade ago.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra will apologize today for safety defects that GM didn't announce for more than a dozen years. In written testimony given in advance to a Congressional subcommittee, Barra says GM is working to find out why the defect wasn't announced until this year.
Because that's when the switches were known to be potential problems as far back as 2001. The automaker is recalling more than 2.5 million small cars because of faulty switches. When the switches fail, they cut off power to air bags.