Owners of General Motors vehicles should be aware that the car giant has issued a recall for power steering problems. 1.2 million GM truck and SUV models from the year 2015 are affected by the recall.
A flaw in the power steering system can cause a sudden drop in electrical power followed by an abrupt restoration of voltage during low-speed turns. Drivers may notice it is hard to maneuver the wheel when attempting to turn.
Pinpointed as a software malfunction, the problem has led to 30 accidents so far, including two with injuries. No fatalities have been reported.The recall was first announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration due to the increased risk of a crash.
It applies to the following 2015 models:
- Chevrolet Silverado 1500
- GM Sierra Pickups 1500
- Chevrolet Tahoe
- Chevrolet Suburban
- Cadillac Escalade
- GMC Yukon
The majority (over a million) of the vehicles are located in the United States, but there are also some in Mexico, Canada, and a minute amount in other regions.
Dealerships are offering a full, updated replacement of the power steering software free of charge. Although no formal notification has been provided to owners at this time, GM states that the update is currently available. All owners need to do is contact their local dealers.
There was a similar recall issued in 2014 for failed power steering systems in some of their pickup trucks, and it affected vehicles sold in Canada and the U.S. This also comes on the heels of the Takata Airbag Safety Recall for certain Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra models.
If you own one of these GM models and have noticed problems with your power steering, promptly contact your local dealership to have it fixed. You may also contact the company directly by calling 866-694-6546.
Are you the owner of one of these GM vehicles? Were you aware of this recall? Have you had problems with your power steering?