Chevrolet Cobalt gets over 1100 power steering failure complaints

Posted on Sunday, 7 February 2010 , 18:02:20 byEmil

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Chevrolet Cobalt gets over 1100 power steering failure complaints

It looks like 2010 is a disastrous year for the auto market in general and for some automakers in particular. After Toyota recalled over four million cars globally for a sticky accelerator problem and after they confirmed the ABS problems of the Toyota Prius, after PSA Peugeot Citroen recalled 100.000 Citroen C1 / Peugeot 107 models and after Ford stopped the production of the Ford Transit in China, it is time for another automaker to face some serious problems.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) from the United States of America has said that they opened an investigation on the Chevrolet Cobalt after receiving 1132 consumer complaints that claim that a sudden loss of electric power steering (EPS) occurs in the Chevrolet Cobalt SS model built between 2008 and 2009 as well as the Chevrolet Cobalt model built between 2005 and 2009. Eleven of these complaints claim that a crash occurred after a sudden increase in steering effort. Fortunately, only one person was injured in these eleven crashes. Still, it looks like about 10% out of the total of 1132 complaints claim that the loss of steering assist resulted in difficulty in controlling of the vehicle.

About 905.000 Chevrolet Cobalt models could be affected by the recall, if NHTSA find that such an action is necessary. Below you have pictures of the Chevrolet Cobalt as well as the Failure Report Summary from NHTSA.


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