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GM Recall Vehicles Due To Steering And Risk Of Crash

03/26/2012 09:22 AM ET

GM said the recall affects more than 6,000 big vans and SUVs because of a steering defect. The problem is on certain 2012 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans, and Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL SUVs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its website Saturday that a gear shaft can break, causing a loss of steering.

GM says no crashes or injuries have been reported. If a break occurs it could result in a loss of steering control that would increase the risk of a crash. The potential problem affects 6,159 vehicles.

Under the recall, dealers will inspect the steering gear and replace the steering gear pitman shaft if necessary, beginning April 4.

Sports car maker Porsche AG is recalling certain 911 Carrera S cars because interference between their coolant and fuel lines could cause the fuel line to loosen and leak. If this happens, the engine could misfire or stall, and the fuel could cause a fire.

The recall affects 1,232 cars were built from Oct. 26, 2011, through Jan. 24, 2012. Under the recall Porsche dealers will replace the fuel line free of charge. The recall is expected to begin next month.

For the GM recall, the problem was discovered in testing by the company that makes the gear shafts. The automaker says failure won’t happen until the vehicles have been in service for at least 5 months under severe use. The vans carry up to 15 passengers and are used widely by churches and airport shuttle services.

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