General Motors is picking up right where Toyota left off. The company announced on Tuesday that it is recalling 1.3 million compact cars in North America after a power steering problem was linked to 14 crashes and over 1,100 complaints. The recall affects the 2005-2010 model Chevrolet Cobalt and 2007-2010 Pontiac G5 in the United States; the 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit sold in Canada, and the 2005-2006 Pontiac G4 sold in Mexico. GM said that the cars tended to develop power-steering problems, particularly under 15 mph, after several years and the company decided to undertake the recall voluntarily. "Recalling these vehicles is the right thing to do for our customers' peace of mind," GM Vice President of Quality Jamie Hresko said in a statement released hours before Toyota officials were scheduled to appear before a Senate committee for a third hearing.