GM is recalling more than one million vehicles for faulty brake and steering parts that may cause vehicles to crash during normal driving operation.
GM Issues a Massive Recall
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), defective brake and steering components have prompted General Motors to recall over 1,200,000 vehicles for safety issues. Approximately 210,628 passenger cars, trucks, and SUVs have been recalled for faulty brakes, and one million pickup trucks and SUVs have been recalled for electrical problems that affect power steering. NHTSA accident statistics show 30 crash reports with two injuries due to faulty steering components.
The GM brake recall is due to a faulty component in the brake system that can cause bubbles in the brake fluid causing rear braking problems. According to a GM official, the same problem has been found in other manufacturers’ vehicles including Audi, Dodge, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen. The GM brake problem affects certain 2018-2019 vehicles including: Chevrolet Equinox and Cruze; Chevrolet Malibu sedans; Buick Lacrosse and Regal; Cadillac XTS SUVs; GMC Terrain SUVs; and electric models Bolt and Volt. To fix the problem, dealers of these vehicles will bleed or drain the vehicle brake systems free of charge to owners who bring their vehicles in for repair.
The GM steering recall is due to a faulty electrical component in the steering assembly that can cause the power steering mechanism to turn on and off when making turns at low speeds. The problem may also cause electrical issues with dashboard equipment including the radio, air conditioning, cruise control, door chimes, and door locking mechanism. The GM steering recall affects two pickup truck models, 2012 to 2015 Chevy Silverado LD models and the 2015 GMC Sierra LD. Certain SUVs that have the same steering components are also affected. These include 2012-2015 GMC Yukon; 2015 Cadillac Escalade; 2015 Chevy Suburban; and 2015 Chevy Tahoe. Since GM recalled 2014 Silverado models in 2017 for the same steering problem, dealers already have the necessary software to make immediate repairs free of charge to impacted vehicle owners.
For help with vehicle safety issues and recalls, drivers can log into the NHTSA website to see if their vehicles are on the recall list or contact their local dealers for more information. To prevent motor vehicle accidents and injuries, drivers should check the recall list frequently and take affected models to dealers for immediate repairs.