General Motors Announces Large SUV And Van Recall

by Cornelius Nunev

An issue with a steering system component has brought on General Motors to announce a recall of four large vehicles, two being SUVs and two are vans. Just less than 6,200 Chevrolet Suburban, Express van and GMC Yukon XL and Savana van models are impacted.

Second SUV recall this month

A brand new recall was just publicized by General Motors making it the second recall in just the last month, according to AutoBlog. The recall will consist of many SUVs and huge vans from Chevy and GMC.

GM also publicized a recall this month, according to NASDAQ, for two small SUV models, neither of which is sold in the U.S.. General Motors 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, also as the GMC Yukon XL SUV and Savana van and extends to approximately only 6,159 automobiles.

Cause of recall

The driver loses all power to steer the automobile when in operation if the Pitman shaft breaks. This can happen with the shaft in the steering system which was not hardened enough to handle a ton of operation. This is the reason why the recall was initiated, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The issue, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, was found by the business 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

NASDAQ explained that the defect has not brought on any accidents or injuries yet. None have been reported.

The vans in question, the Savana and Express, are mainly sold for use in fleet applications, often being acquired for use for church groups and other shuttle applications because they seat up to 15 passengers.

Affected owners should be ready to hear that they are impacted by the recall before April 4, according to Reuters. The Pitman shaft will have to be inspected and exchanged in a few automobiles for free. Owners just have to take their automobiles to the nearest dealer for GMC or Chevrolet.

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