General Motors (GM) has voluntarily recalled 800,000 Chevy and GMC trucks because of a potential issue with the power steering. The recall includes roughly 690,000 vehicles in the U.S., 80,000 in Canada, and 25,000 in other markets. The affected vehicles include the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado LD and 2014 GMC Sierra LD Models.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Safety Recall Report, an electrical/software issue may cause these vehicles to “experience a temporary loss of electric power steering (EPS) assist followed by a sudden return of EPS assist, particularly during low-speed turning maneuvers.” The loss of EPS assist lasts for only a second, but the NHTSA cautions that “If EPS assist is lost and suddenly returned, the driver could lose temporary control of the steering wheel, increasing the risk of a crash.”
Also, a related electrical sub-system may shut down at the same time as the EPS assist or just beforehand. If a sub-system shut down occurs it could temporarily disable the StabiliTrack® electronic stability assist, cruise control, the driver information center, radio, air conditioning, or door-lock cycling.
GM says a software update is all that is needed to fix the issue, which the company is giving to all recalled vehicles.
GM has not released any details on whether crashes or injuries are connected to the recall. The company shared with regulators that prior to the 2015 model year it made changes to address potential sources of temporary low voltage conditions that could disable power steering/the EPS assist.
You can check to see if your car is on the recall list on the NHTSA’s website here or contact Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020 or GMC customer service at (800) 432-8782.
In another recall, nearly 49,000 GM trucks are being recalled worldwide to fix a fuel tank problem that increases the risk of a fire breaking out. The affected vehicles include the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 3500 trucks that have two fuel tanks, model years 2011 through 2015. Owners of vehicles in this recall will be notified beginning in late December and parts to fix the repair will be available at dealerships in February of next year.
Is your car affected?
You can visit www.Safecar.gov and use the NHTSA’s new search tool, which lets you enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see if your vehicle is affected by any safety recall in the last 15 years.
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