It's British Leyland Time at General Motors

Oh yes, it is:

Imagine turning your car’s steering wheel, or giving it a gentle tug, and having it break away from the steering column. Now you’re speeding along holding the suddenly useless wheel.

It sounds like a vision from a cartoon, or every driver’s nightmare. And it happened to at least one driver of a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze compact car last month, and General Motors Corp. is recalling 2,100 of the cars as a result.

Those who remember the “old British car” will get a strong sense of “déjà vu all over again” with this kind of failure.  Remember the Rovers where the paint came off in sheets?  Or What Car’s description of the Jaguar owner, off on the side of the road, bonnet up?  But then again this was predictable…

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