General Motors Co. has recalled 16,198 Chevrolet Impala and Buick LaCrosse cars in the United States and Canada to address sensor and power steering problems. The company said it knew of no injuries or crashes related to the two recalls. It was announced that 11,905 2012 Impalas are being recalled to inspect for proper installation of the power steering hose. The company said the hose, if misrouted, could be damaged and spray fluid onto hot engine parts to create a potential for a fire. GM said the defect was discovered during production at the Oshawa, Ontario, plant, where the car is built. Dealers will replace the hose and add abrasion protection if the hose is not properly routed. Of the total Impalas affected by the recall, 10,334 are in the United States and the rest in Canada.
GM has also recalled 4,293 2012 LaCrosses to reprogram the electronic brake control module because an incorrect calibration may cause the electronic stability system to improperly detect a sensor malfunction and fail to illuminate a warning light. The company said if a sensor malfunctions, the driver would have difficulty maintaining the car’s driving path and speed. In layman’s terms, that means a loss of control could occur resulting in a crash. GM said dealers will reprogram the module. Of the total LaCrosses affected by the recall, 4,077 are in the United States and the rest are in Canada.
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