GM Sues Steering System Supplier

By Paul Darin
Paul Darin
Paul Darin
December 10, 2009 Updated: October 1, 2015

General Motors is suing the their steering systems supplier JTEKT North America Inc. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
General Motors is suing the their steering systems supplier JTEKT North America Inc. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
General Motors filed a lawsuit against their steering systems supplier claiming repair costs at over $30 million.

When GM customers began complaining of unusual sounds and rattles in the Cobalt, Pursuit, G5, HHR, and other Chevrolet models, the problem was traced to gear stress in the steering system. Under the customer care warrantee, GM is obligated to make the necessary repairs or replacements in tens of thousands of cars.

GM is suing supplier JTEKT North America Incorporated of Plymouth, Michigan, and its sister company JTEKT Automotive Virginia Incorporated, Daleville, Virginia.

The lawsuit was initially filed in August through the circuit court system and has since moved up to the Detroit Federal Court System in November.

It is still not know whether the issue affects the safety of the vehicles.