Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

GM Recalls 1 Million Pickups and SUVs to Fix Power-Steering Flaw

GM Recalls 1 Million Pickups and SUVs to Fix Power-Steering Flaw

General Motors recalling more than 1 million full-size pickups and sport utility vehicles that can suddenly lose then regain electric power-steering assist in low-speed turns. A failure would increase the risk of a crash.

They include the Chevrolet Silverado SD; the GMC Yukon; the GMC Sierra LD; and the Chevrolet Tahoe. A potential loss in power steering could cause difficulty in steering the vehicle and possibly lead to a crash.

In 2017, GM had recalled here almost 800,000 pickup trucks worldwide because of the same problem.

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The recall covers many GMC Terrain, Buick Lacrosse and Regal, Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Cruze, Equinox, Volt, Impala and Bolt vehicles from 2018 and 2019. The document did not highlight any reports of accidents and injuries, because of the power steering issue.

GM said the brake assembly, manufactured by ZF, was improperly chromed and tempered (two metallurgical processes that improve toughness and reduce friction). GM said in a government filing that "hydrogen gas can remain trapped in the piston body", which may make the brakes feel soft and take longer to stop the vehicle.

Dealerships will update the software to fix the problem at no cost to owners.

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