A new safety recall by GM is on its way. Now the company is calling back nearly 5,000 brand new trucks and SUVs because the upper control arms can get loose thus causing a loss of control over steering. The automaker advises its customers to not drive the following automobiles until the necessary fixes are made:
Model-years 2016-2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2016 Tahoe, Suburban, GMC Yukon, Yukon XL, GMC Sierra, Cadillac Escalade, and Escalade ESV.
What is the problem that caused the safety recall?
As reported by the manufacturer, a faulty weld next to the control arm may make the latter change its shape and then detach. The problem was first noticed on a 2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali vehicle.
After the defect was discovered, the company opened an investigation to see what was going on with the vehicles. It turned out that the weld could malfunction any time and at any speed. This means that the drivers of the problematic vehicles would have a hard time trying to take control over steering. This condition, of course, can result in crashes and even fatalities.
General Motors is not sure about the date when the safety recall will start. However, GM owners will be notified about the recall twice during the upcoming months. First, they will get letters informing them about the recall in May of this year. The second time, the manufacturer will tell owners what they can do to have their vehicles fixed. Before that, the company tells its owners not to use their vehicles until repair materials are available.
Whom to turn to?
The company does not know about any related injuries or fatalities. But they acknowledge that the issue is a severe one. If after reading this article, you are seeking more information, feel free to contact Cadillac, Chevrolet or GMC. You can also contact your authorized local dealership for more information about the recall.