General Motors, in conjunction with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), has recalled some Chevrolet Captiva model cars due to a power steering fluid leak that could lead to a fire. The recall is for 3,150 units manufactured from October 2, 2009 through April 21, 2011.
When the Captiva is operated in manual mode in first gear, the engine and power steering operate at a higher speed than is normal. This results in excess heat that is transferred to the power steering fluid. The power steering fluid can get so hot that it reaches the pump reservoir’s melting point. Also, after prolonged and repeated exposure to high fluid temperatures, the reservoir could leak flammable fluid, which may catch on fire when near an ignition source.
Owners of affected cars will be notified about the problem by General Motors in January 2012. Replacement parts are expected to be available in March 2012. Owners will be able to bring their vehicles to dealers and have the power steering fluid cooler replaced with an improved model.
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