Around a million GM vehicles being recalled over steering issue
How quickly a driver reacts to what is happening out on the roads has very big safety implications. Many things can have impacts on a driver’s ability to react properly. This includes how attentive, awake, alert and clear-headed he or she is when behind the wheel. This is among the reasons why avoiding distracted, drowsy, drunk and drugged driving is so important.
However, a driver’s ability to react is also influenced by things beyond what state he or she is in when driving. For one, it can be affected by the mechanical condition of his or her vehicle. For example, how well a vehicle’s steering system is working can have major impacts on a driver’s ability to react to events out on the roads.
One of the things that can lead to steering problems are defects in a vehicle. These days, this can include software defects. A major recall related to such a defect was recently announced.
The recall is by General Motors. It regards a little over a million SUVs and pickup trucks. These vehicles are from the 2015 model year and are of the following models:
- Cadillac Escalade
- Chevrolet Silverado 1500
- Chevrolet Suburban
- Chevrolet Tahoe
- GMC Sierra 1500
- GMC Yukon
Reportedly, the recalled vehicles have an electrical and software issue that can make them vulnerable to power steering problems during low speed turns. Mainly, there have been instances reported of electric power-steering assist going off and then back on again during such turns.
There have been 30 accidents reported related to this power steering problem. Reportedly, these caused two instances of injury, but no fatalities.
A software update has been developed to address the underlying problem. Under the recall, repairs involving the installation of this update are available to owners of the affected vehicles.