General Motors (GM) announced a recall of more than a million SUVs and pickup trucks in the United States of America over a fault to its power-assisted steering. It was discovered that the said function can shut down while in use.
GM is recalling some models of the Chevrolet. It included the GMC Sierra 1500 pickups and 2015 Silverado. The Suburban SUVs and Chevy Tahoe have also been affected by the production fault. The 2015 Cadillac Escalade and some of the GMC Yukon SUVs has also been included in the recall announcement.
GM said that the global recall has a total of 1.2 million vehicles. The largest markets outside of the United States that are affected are Canada and Mexico. It said that the company was aware of 30 crashes, two injuries but no fatalities. The customers can immediately contact the dealers to schedule repairs.
In a report of the company that was submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulator, GM stated: “A defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain 2015 model year Chevrolet Silverado LD, Suburban, and Tahoe vehicles; GMC Sierra LD and Yukon vehicles; Cadillac Escalade vehicles. These vehicles may experience a temporary loss of EPS assist followed by a sudden return of EPS assist, particularly during low-speed turning maneuvers. The loss and sudden return of EPS assist typically happens within a one second period and is caused by an electrical/software issue.”
It added: “If EPS assist is lost and suddenly returned, the driver could have difficulty steering the vehicle, especially at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.”
The regulator said that it was still missing “critical, required information” for the said safety recall. It said that the information must be provided by GM within a period of five working days.
In 2014, the carmaker also recalled almost 800,000 pickup trucks across the globe that were affected by a similar problem.