GM recalling nearly 700,000 Chevy, GMC pickup trucks

General Motors is recalling 2014 Chevrolet Silverado (above) and GMC Sierra trucks because of potential power steering issues. Photo by Wikimedia Commons/order_242

Aug. 6 (UPI) — General Motors is recalling nearly 700,000 Chevrolet and GNC pickup trucks because of potential power steering problems, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced.

The affected models are 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks, the NHTSA said in a safety recall report. Drivers can check if their car is among the recalled vehicles on NHTSA’s website. The company estimates that 2 percent of the 690,685 recalled vehicles will have been affected by the defect.

NHTSA said the trucks could spontaneously lose their electric power steering assistance for about one second, especially at low speeds.

“If EPS assist is lost and suddenly returned, the driver could lose temporary control of the steering wheel, increasing the risk of a crash,” NHTSA said in a public document.

The NHTSA said a driver information center message may alert the driver to a problem. Also, other electrical sub-systems may shut down, including the radio, air conditioning or cruise control, the agency said.

GM advises owners to take their vehicles to a dealer for a free software update to fix the issue.

For additional information, owners can also contact Chevrolet customer service at 800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 800-432-8782.

On Feb. 2, GM said it launched a safety investigation after customer complaints and submitted a recall on June 29.

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