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The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation on Jan. 27 into about 905,000 Cobalt models after logging more than 1,100 complaints of power steering failures. GM said in a statement those vehicles can be still be "safely controlled" but may require greater steering effort under 15 mph. Drivers will see a warning light and hear a chime if the power steering fails.
GM says it is trying to fix the problem and will notify customers when it has a plan of action.
GM spokesman, Alan Adler, said that it would take time for the automaker to get 1.3 million new power steering motors from their supplier JTEKT Corp. GM would notify car owners when the parts are available. The automaker will fix older models first. GM will also have to repair thousands of cars on dealer lots before they could be sold.