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GM recalls 1 Million Pickups, SUVs for Power Steering Defect

pickup truck Chevy 2015 Silvarado Wikimedia Commons 280x210 GM recalls 1 Million Pickups, SUVs for Power Steering DefectGeneral Motors (GM) is recalling more than one million full-size pickup trucks and SUVs to correct a safety defect that could cause the vehicles to temporarily lose electric power steering, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM said the safety recall affects certain 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickups, Tahoe and Suburban SUVs, GMC Sierra 1500 and Yukon SUVs, and Cadillac Escalades.

The automaker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the defect affects the electric power steering. “If (electric power steering) is lost and then suddenly returns, the driver may have difficulty steering the vehicle, especially at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash,” GM said.

GM notified NHTSA that it is aware of 30 crashes caused by the safety defect, resulting in two injuries. The automaker said it is not aware of any deaths related to the problem.

A little more than a year ago, GM recalled nearly 800,000 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks in the U.S. and Canada for the same sudden loss of power steering. In that recall, GM attributed the problem to “an electrical/software issue.”

GM said it will notify owners of the affected vehicles about the recall, but it has not yet provided a timeline to federal regulators as automakers generally do in recalling vehicles for safety purposes. Instead, drivers do not have to wait for the notification from GM and may take their vehicles in for the repair immediately. The automaker said dealers will update the electric power steering module software free of charge.

Owners of the may contact Cadillac customer service at 800-458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at 800-222-1020, and GMC customer service at 800-462-8782.