The number one car manufacturer in America, General Motors, announced Thursday that they are issuing a massive recall. The recall will include 1.2 million pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles worldwide. The company stated the recall is related to issues in the vehicle’s electric power steering assist that then results in the temporary loss of power steering.
General Motors stated the recall includes the 2015 model year of six of their more popular, upper-end vehicles including the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Suburban, and Tahoe. Also included are the GMC Sierra 1500, Yukon, and the Cadillac Escalade—all pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. This recall will involve an estimated 1.02 million vehicles in the United States alone.
Although no deaths have been linked to the issue at hand, a spokesman did state that the automaker has received thirty reports of crashes thus far, as well as two reported injuries.
According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), an auto safety regulator, the issue that triggered the recall can cause difficulty steering the vehicle, most notably at low speeds, and can significantly increase the risk of crashing.
General Motors stated that owners of the recalled models that have the problem and the dealers of the model will update the electrical power steering software free of charge.
However, it is not yet clear when the recall notices will be sent, as according to the NHTSA General Motors has not yet provided the oversite organization a customer notification schedule.
When contacted about the customer notification schedule a General Motors spokesperson did not immediately reply.
Although the recall spans an estimated 1.2 million vehicles, General Motors is quick to state that the issue that triggered the recall will only end up affecting about two percent of the recalled units.
This is not a new problem for General Motors, as in 2017 they had recalled nearly 800,000 pickup trucks worldwide for the very same issue.