GM is recalling more than a million trucks and SUVs that are affected by an unusual power steering failure. The failure, according to GM, occurs when there is a voltage drop in the vehicle. That drop causes the power steering to fail and then suddenly come back.
As one could expect, this failure has caused many accidents: thirty, in fact, that GM knows of. Thankfully there have been only two injuries and no deaths as a result.
GM to Recall Certain Trucks and SUVs
The recall will effect trucks and SUVs from the 2015 model year. Namely, certain Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, as well as certain Escalades and Yukons. Also effected by the recalls are certain Chevy Tahoes and Suburbans.
Thankfully, the problem has a simple fix. The affected vehicles need only be provided a software update for the power steering. That’s right, it’s as simple as a bit of coding. While that’s a frustrating answer, it’s good that the solution is easily applied. Those with affected vehicles will need to take them to GM dealerships to get the update.
Not the First Time
Ironically, this isn’t the first time this error has occurred with GM vehicles. In fact, last year, vehicles from across the 2014 model year has the same problem. It was caused the same way, with low voltage resulting the in the sudden deactivation and reactivation of the power steering.
How this error managed to occur not once, but twice is disconcerting. We wonder if this time next year that GM will suddenly discover the problem afflicting 2016 model year vehicles.
If you own one of the affected vehicles, stay safe out there. Try to get the vehicle to a dealership for the software update as soon as you can. In the meantime, drive safely! If your power steering fails, don’t panic. Often, panicking is the reason such failures lead to accidents.
Try to maintain your lane and your speed, and then carefully find a safe place to stop your vehicle. If your first reaction is to panic, the sudden deactivation and reactivation of your power steering could cause a traffic accident.