Created: 04/01/2014 6:18 AM WHEC.com
General Motors is recalling 1.5 million vehicles in the U.S. because the electronic power-steering assist can suddenly stop working.
Included in the recall are the Chevrolet Malibu, Malibu Maxx, Chevrolet HHR, Saturn Aura, Saturn Ion and Pontiac G6. Model years vary, but all of the vehicles are from the 2010 model year or earlier.
The new recall brings to 6.3 million the number of vehicles GM has recalled since February. The initial recall - now at 2.6 million small cars for an ignition switch defect - prompted the automaker to name a new safety chief and speed up pending recalls.
House and Senate subcommittees plan hearings starting today to find out why GM didn't recall the cars with the ignition switch problem sooner and why the government never investigated the cars.
In written testimony, acting National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief David Friedman says GM had information connecting the defective switches to the non-deployment of air bags, but didn't share it until last month. Friedman says NHTSA considered an investigation but decided GM's air bag failure rates weren't higher than peers.