General Motors (GM) has recalled 6,000 vans and SUVs due to steering problems. According to Reuters, the vehicles have been recalled because the gear shaft could potentially fracture, which could lead to a loss of steering and increased risk of an accident, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
What Vehicles Are Affected by the Recall?
The recall pertains to the following vehicles:
- 2012 Chevrolet Express
- 2012 GMC Savana vans
- 2012 Chevy Suburban
- 2012 GMC Yukon XL SUVs.
GM told Reuters that the issue was discovered by a supplier while testing the steering gear units. The testing suggested that a failure would not occur until at least five months after the most severe use. GM is unaware of any known crashes, injuries or complaints related to the recall.
If you own one of the recalled vehicles, you can bring your vehicle to a GM dealer for inspection of the steering gear shaft. If necessary, the steering gear shaft will be replaced. Letters were sent to owners of recalled vehicles on April 4, 2012 to inform them of the recall.
As we recently reported, a Chicago Tribune article examined the process for issuing a vehicle recall buy focusing on the obligations of car manufacturers upon learning of a large scale safety defect. As explained in the article, once a defect is found, the auto manufacturer must follow a specific procedure. Federal regulations require that once a manufacturer finds such a defect, it must report it within five working days to the NHTSA, even if the manufacturer has not yet determined the cause of the problem or how to fix it.
Manufacturers are required to follow such procedures in order to ensure that all motor vehicles meet optimal safety standards. Prevention is the best policy and the safer cars are, the less likely passengers will be seriously injured in a car accident.
If you have suffered injuries or damages as a result of a defective vehicle, you may also wish to consult with an attorney. The Chicago product liability law firm of Ankin Law Offices, LLC is dedicated to protecting consumers from dangerous and defective products, including defective vehicles. Contact one of our skilled Chicago personal injury and product liability attorneys at (312) 600-0000 if you would like more information on recalled vehicles.