General Motors is recalling more than 60,000 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks from the 2015 model year to fix a faulty part within the power steering assembly that could cause the trucks’ power steering to stop working. According to Consumer Reports, if the power steering fails when the vehicle is in motion, the driver may suddenly need to exert more effort to steer the vehicle, which could increase the risk of a crash.
Details of the Vehicle Recall
This is especially a problem at lower speeds such as when maneuvering in a parking lot. A GM spokesperson told Consumer Reports that they are not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this recall. The problem is due to a poor electrical connection within the power steering system.
If the power steering fails, drivers may also notice an illuminated warning light on the instrument panel and hear a warning chime. The problem could occur when the vehicle is in motion or immediately after the vehicle is started. GM will begin to notify owners of the affected vehicles starting May 10.
GM dealerships will replace the steering gear torque sensor cover assembly with an updated part that is designed not to corrode. The repair will be performed at no cost to consumers. To check if your vehicle has an open recall, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website and enter your 17-digit vehicle identification number or VIN.
Auto Product Liability Issues
Each year, tens of thousands of vehicles are recalled for potential issues with the steering or the power steering. When a driver is unable to steer the vehicle as desired or when there is a problem with a power steering that makes it difficult to turn the wheel, the consequences could be devastating. Loss of steering ability can result in injuries not just to vehicle occupants, but also to pedestrians and others on the roadway.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of these or other auto defects, it is important that you understand your rights. If you have been involved in a crash where an auto defect or mechanical malfunction is suspected, it is crucial that the vehicle is preserved intact so an expert can examine it thoroughly for evidence of defects, malfunctions and design flaws. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to advise victims and families about their legal rights and options.