Due to a software error that affects electric power steering, GM is recalling over 690,000 of its vehicles. Models affected by this recall include the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500.
During turns and maneuvers at slower speeds, the two trucks are prone to abrupt losses of their electric power steering. GMC technicians and engineers have diagnosed this problem, pinpointing it to a decline in voltage. While turning and maneuvering at slower speeds, the voltages of the vehicles may drop below 8.8 volts, triggering a system fault, disabling power steering. Only at 9 volts and above does electric power steering reactivate in the vehicles.
The Safety Recall Report of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated this to be a defect that directly affects motor vehicle operation and safety. When these Chevy and GMC trucks experience a loss of electric power steering, they become increasingly difficult to operate. The sudden loss and gain of electric power steering can be traced to a software bug present in the systems of both vehicles. General Motors warns that drivers could be at a greater risk of an accident, temporarily losing control of the steering wheel.
GM is advising owners of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 to bring their vehicles to a local GMC dealer. The bug can be easily fixed by reflashing the firmware of the electric power steering module. Owners may visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website to see if their vehicles are included in this recall. More information pertaining to the GM recall may be found on the NHTSA website.
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