Originally created 01/13/04

GM recalls more than 800,000 cars for power steering repairs



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

About 750,000 cars in the United States and about 55,000 in Canada are involved. All were made between Jan. 1, 1996, and Oct. 31, 1997, GM said Monday.

The models are the 1996 Buick Regal, 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, 1997-98 Oldsmobile Cutlass, Chevrolet Lumina, Monte Carlo, 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. Some drivers could experience higher resistance when turning left, followed by unintended power assist to the right, the company said.

Eight injuries have been reported that may be related to the defect, the automaker said. No deaths were reported.

General Motors will begin instructing car owners in February to bring the affected vehicles to dealers for repairs.