GM sues steering column supplier
Now all the popping, clicking, knocking, rattling or just 'broken' intermediate steering shafts can now wait for a ruling....maybe not a solution but a ruling.
General Motors Co. has sued a supplier over problems with steering columns that have so far cost the automaker more than $30 million to fix.
The Detroit automaker is seeking damages from JTEKT North America Inc. and subsidiary JTEKT Automotive Virginia Inc. for problems associated with steering products used in the Chevrolet Cobalt and other GM vehicles since 2005.
GM claims the steering columns "had excessive gear backlash, thereby causing the columns to rattle under certain driving conditions."
Problems with the parts resulted in an "unexpectedly high number" of warranty claims and complaints about "unusual rattles, 'clunks' or other noises emanating from the steering assemblies in their vehicles," GM alleges in the lawsuit, originally filed in Macomb County Circuit Court but moved last week to federal court in Detroit.
While the problem has already cost GM more than $30 million, the automaker said it expects the bill will rise as GM customers file additional warranty claims.
The company noted that parts were used in "tens of thousands of vehicles sold by GM."
Robert Haddad, a lawyer for JTEKT, stressed that this is not a safety issue but "a noise issue."
"They asked us to supply a part, they gave us specifications, they gave us testing requirements and we met all of those," he said.
Furthermore, he said, the supplier wants to continue working with GM to resolve the issue.
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