General Motors recalls Chevy Malibu vehicles over sudden loss in electric power steering

General Motors

General Motors is recalling certain model year 2006-2007 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx vehicles manufactured April 1, 2006, to June 30, 2006, and 2006-2007 Pontiac G6 vehicles manufactured April 18, 2006, to June 30, 2006. In the affected vehicles, there may be a sudden loss of electric power steering assist that could occur at any time while driving.

If power steering assist is lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.

Approximately 69,633 vehicles are affected by the recall

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the torque sensor assembly, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Donna S. said
1079 days ago
I have had the same issue with my 2006 Malibu Maxx ever since I purchased it in December of 2007. I took it to 2 different dealers who said they "were unable to re-create the issue". Therefore nothing was wrong and they wouldn't do anything for me. I took it to an independent repair shop who said they had heard many similar complaints from other Chevy owners and that the problem was not covered by any service bulletins or recalls. Unfortunately, this was something only Chevy could do anything about since there were no after-market parts available at that time. Years after the purchase, Chevy finally issued a recall for this problem in winter of 2015. I took my car immediately to a local dealer who did the repair. However, a few months ago, the steering started failing again. It often happens for a couple of seconds on curved entry/exit ramps at higher rates of speed. This past May 28th, while on an interchange between 2 interstate highways, the steering failed again and this time the car crossed a traffic lane and headed straight for a rock wall embankment. I slammed on my brakes and caused the car to do a 180 degree turn and it hit the rock wall on the driver's side. It ended up facing the wrong direction right against the wall. It was a miracle that I wasn't hurt or killed as the car was headed straight into that wall. If not for the car turning around, I am sure I would have died. I had it towed to the same dealer who did the recall repair. They called me yesterday to tell me that after putting 12 miles on it, they "were unable to re-create the issue" so there was nothing they could do. They suggested I come in and drive it with the service manager to re-create the problem. I have no desire to re-create that situation ever again and am now frightened to drive that car.

Joyce P. said
199 days ago
The same issue lost power steering on my 2007 chevy malibu just purchased a year ago

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