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GM recalls 1.3 million vehicles for power steering failure

General Motors Company recalled 1.3 million vehicles Monday for defects in the electric power steering assist, bringing the total of vehicles the automaker has recalled since February to 6.1 million, the Associated Press reports.

The new recall includes the Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx, Chevrolet Cobalt and the Pontiac G6, among others, in model years ranging from 2004 to 2010 — as well as some models reappearing from an earlier recall.

The company announced Saturday that it expanded the initial recall in January 2014 for an ignition switch defect, increasing that total from 1.6 million to 2.6 million cars. The ignition problems have been linked to 13 deaths and 31 crashes over a 10-year period.

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CEO Mary Barra is expected to testify in front of a House subcommittee Tuesday to explain why the company had a late response to 10 years’ worth of ignition problems.

“More than a decade ago, GM embarked on a small car program,” Barra says in her written testimony for Tuesday. “Sitting here today, I cannot tell
you why it took years for a safety defect to be announced in that program, but I can tell you that we will find out.”

The automaker expects to lose $750 million in the first quarter to cover the recall-related costs, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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