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Chevrolet Impala Recall 11V398000

Potential Power Steering Hose Fluid Leak

Recall Details

The upper power steering hose may be misrouted, causing it to be damaged from the heat of the catalytic converter. Power steering fluid may leak onto the catalytic converter, resulting in an engine compartment fire. Dealers will inspect the upper power steering hose routing and make the necessary repairs to correct this concern. The General Motors recall number is 11224.

Our Quick Take

A misrouted power steering hose may develop a leak due to heat from the catalytic converter. Power steering fluid leaking onto the catalytic converter can result in an engine compartment fire.

What Should You Do?

General Motors will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning August 12, 2011. If you notice a burning smell and did not receive notification, please contact your dealer. It's helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) when you call.

Suspension & Steering, August 5, 2011

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s)
Manufacturer's Report Date
August 5, 2011
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
10,344
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
11V398000
Component
STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:HOSE, PIPING, AND CONNECTIONS

Summary
GM IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 CHEVROLET IMPALA VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 19, 2011, THROUGH JULY 29, 2011. THE UPPER POWER STEERING HOSE MAY HAVE BEEN MISROUTED SO THAT IT CAN COME IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO AND/OR CONTACT THE CATALYTIC CONVERTER. WITH THE ENGINE ON, HEAT FROM THE CATALYTIC CONVERTER MAY MELT THE POWER STEERING HOSE.
Consequence
POWER STEERING FLUID COULD FLOW ONTO THE CATALYTIC CONVERTER, AND AN ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRE COULD OCCUR.
Remedy
GM DEALERS WILL INSPECT TO ENSURE THAT THE UPPER POWER STEERING HOSE IS ROUTED CORRECTLY AND MAKE THE NECESSARY REPAIRS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 12, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438.
Notes
GM'S SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 11224. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .
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