US auto giant General Motors (GM) is in hot water once again after the company issued a safety recall for over 1 million SUVs and pickups in the US. According to the company, the affected vehicles have potentially dangerous power steering problems that have already resulted in several crashes and injuries.
GM announced that the electric power steering (EPS) system can fail momentarily during a voltage drop, and then suddenly return. This incident happens mostly while making slow-speed turns. So far, the company has stated there have been 30 reports of crashes due to the malfunction, along with two injuries. Fortunately, there have been no fatalities yet due to the faulty power steering system.
The recall covers select 2015 model years of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Suburban and Tahoe, Cadillac Escalade, and the GMC Sierra 1500 and Yukon. GM will notify owners if their vehicle is part of the recall. Meanwhile, US dealers will update the EPS module software for affected customers at no cost. However, the company has yet to announce the notification schedule. In the meantime, customers can contact customer service in order to check and see if their vehicles are part of the recall.
This has not been the first time GM had to recall certain models of their pickups and SUVs. Last year, the company issued a similar safety recall which affected nearly 800,000 trucks in the US. Like the recall issued recently, the EPS can temporarily fail which increases the risks of a crash.
Affected models from last year's recall include certain 2014 models of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. It comprised of 690,000 trucks in the US and another 100,000 in Canada and other markets. In addition, the same models which came with the faulty power steering also had a faulty airbag software.