General Motors has announced a recall for large vehicles, notably large passenger vans and SUVs, across several of its brands. The recall is due to late models having a manufacturing defect in the power steering system.
Second SUV recall this month
General Motors, according to AutoBlog, has just announced a recall of select models of its large vans and SUVs, involving four models from Chevrolet and GMC. It is the second such recall to be issued by the company in the past month.
GM also announced a recall this month, according to NASDAQ, for two small SUV models, neither of which are sold in the United States. GM recalled 16,618 Chevrolet Captiva and Opel Antara crossovers made between April and November of 2006. The recall extends to models made and sold in China.
The most recent recall has a fairly limited scope. It covers the 2012 Chevrolet Suburban and Express van, as well as the GMC Yukon XL SUV and Savana van and extends to approximately only 6,159 vehicles.
Steering system fault
The issue is with a fault discovered in the steering system, according to the Wall Street Journal. The issue is with the Pitman shaft, a component in the steering system, which wasn’t hardened sufficiently to tolerate prolonged operation. The shaft can potentially break while in operation, which can cause the driver to lose the ability to the steer the vehicle.
The problem, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, was discovered by the company that manufactures the component for General Motors. However, according to Reuters, the issue doesn’t become a real danger until five months of severe use, though that presumably could mean up to one year of regular use.
Many used in fleets
According to NASDAQ, no crashes or injuries have been reported as a result of the defect.
The vans in question, the Savana and Express, are mostly sold for use in fleet applications, often being purchased for use for church groups and other shuttle applications because they seat up to 15 passengers.
General Motors will contact the owners of the affected vehicles via letter, according to Reuters, which will be mailed by April 4. Owners will be directed to take their vehicles to the nearest Chevrolet or GMC dealer, where the steering system will be inspected. If the defect is found, the Pitman shaft will be replaced, free of charge.
San Francisco Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/03/24/national/a084707D67.DTL&tsp=1