Approximately 1.2 million pickup trucks and SUVs have been recalled by General Motors Co. for a power steering defect on select 2015 year model vehicles. So far, this defect has resulted in 30 crashes and two injuries, with no fatalities to date.
This steering defect stems from faulty software used to control the car’s electronically controlled power steering and can result in trucks losing power of this function sporadically before it turns back on, which causes lack of steering control for the driver. This defect is especially prevalent at slower speeds and low-speed turns, GM stated in their filing to federal safety regulators.
The vehicle models this recall affects include the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Chevy Suburban and Tahoe SUVs, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalades. Last year, GM also had to recall certain 2014 year model trucks due to the same steering issue.
GM said they will notify vehicle owners of this recall and they will be able to take their trucks or SUVs to a local dealership to receive the software update for free of charge. According to GM, the software update is already available, so owners can start to schedule repairs with local dealerships immediately. You can check to see if your General Motors vehicle is included in this recall by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website and performing a search on recalls associated with your vehicle’s Vehicle Identification Number.
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