General Motors is recalling 1.3 million vehicles due to issues related to a sudden loss of power steering capabilities, the company told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday.
The recall applies to automobiles in the United States, and includes the 2004 and 2005 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx, the 2004 to 2007 Saturn Ion, and the 2005 Pontiac G6, as well as other makes and model years.
Some of the Saturn Ion, Chevrolet HHR, and Cobalt model years have previously been recalled by GM due to ignition switch issues.
The company also announced that it expects to take a first quarter charge of $750 million, including a previously announced charge of $300 million, to cover repairs and other costs related to the recalls.
"With these safety recalls and lifetime warranties, we are going after every car that might have this problem, and we are going to make it right," said Jeff Boyer, GM vice president for global vehicle safety, in a statement. "We have recalled some of these vehicles before for the same issue and offered extended warranties on others, but we did not do enough."
The recall comes a day before GM CEO Mary Barra is set to testify before Congress on the ignition switch recall.
In written testimony released a day before her appearance, Barra said she does not yet have answers on why GM did not catch the faulty switch for more than a decade.
"I cannot tell you why it took years for a safety defect to be announced in that (small car) program, but I can tell you that we will find out," according to the text of her opening remarks.
The full list of autos recalled for power steering issues on Monday include: the 2004-2005 Chevrolet Malibu, and some 2006, 2008, and 2009 models; 2004- 2005 and some 2006 of the Chevrolet Malibu Maxx; some of the 2010 model year Chevrolet HHR non-turbo; some of the 2010 model Chevrolet Cobalt; some 2008 and 2009 model year Saturn Auras; all 2004-2007 Saturn Ions; and the entire 2005 model year Pontiac G6, as well as some 2006, 2008, and 2009 vehicles.