GM Canada recalls Cadillacs, Camaros for power steering problem

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General Motors Canada is recalling 18,285 vehicles because certain parts of the power steering system could erode and break.

Affected vehicles include the Cadillac ATS from the model years 2013 through 2016, the Cadillac CTS from 2014 through 2016 and the Chevrolet Camaro from model years 2016 and 2017.

The recall is focused on vehicles originally sold or currently registered in areas of Canada where road salt is heavily used during the winter months. Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador are the provinces in which the vehicles were purchased or registered, Transport Canada says on its website.

The bolts that attach the electric power steering assist motor to the steering gear housing may corrode and break. This could cause a loss of power steering assist. The resulting increase in steering effort could create the risk of a crash causing injury and/or damage to property, the safety agency warns.

Neither Transport Canada or GM Canada said they are aware of any crashes or injuries.

Dealers will replace the mounting bolts and apply a corrosion protection coating to the gear housing and bolts. If the bolts bolt cannot be removed, a replacement steering gear will be installed.

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