General Motors and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have issued a recall on 2012 Chevrolet Impala models. This recall applies to all 2012 Impala models equipped with the 3.6-liter V6 sold in the United States and Canada.
The recall is being issued for all Impala models manufactured from April 19, 2011 through July 29, 2011. The sedan's upper power steering hose may have been potentially misrouted. The misrouted hose may come in close contact or actually touch the catalytic converter, a component of the exhaust system that produces a high amount of heat. If the catalytic converter and the power steering hose come in contact, the extreme heat can melt the hose, causing extremely flammable power steering fluid to drip onto the exhaust system. This could ultimately result in a catastrophic fire or explosion.
The recall notice does not disclose whether or not injuries or deaths have occurred as a result of this recall. Because power steering fluid is extremely flammable, 2012 Impala owners should take their vehicle in for inspection as soon as possible. Chevrolet and General Motors have issued a stop-sale order according to the NHTSA report. A quick internet search of Chevrolet Impala finds an official listing for the 2011 Chevy Impala, but information on the 2012 model is buried at the bottom of the manufacturers website.
Chevrolet says a total of 10,344 Impala models are affected by this recall. General Motors announced the recall on August 12, 2011, and plans to begin notifying owners on immediately. Impala owners can take their vehicle to the nearest Chevrolet/General Motors dealership for an inspection and repair. The inspection and repair will be performed free of charge to owners.