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Following the recent trend of U.S. motor vehicle failures, General Motors is recalling over 1 million SUVs and pickup trucks. The problem relates to the power-assisted steering, which is reported to briefly shut down.

The recall pertains to certain models, such as:

  • 2015 Chevrolet Silverado
  • 2015 Cadillac Escalade
  • Suburban SUVs
  • GMC Yukon SUVS
  • Chevy Tahoe
  • GMC Sierra

Owners of GM pickup trucks or SUVs affected by the recall can get the power steering software updated at dealerships, no cost.

Car defects present the risk of accidents

GM has yet to report accidents due to the issue. However, the failures may increase the risk of a crash. Drivers should be aware the brief power steering shutdowns. While the brief shutdown happens usually during slow turns, it could lead to possibly dangerous situations.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration maintains an online database where you can make sure your vehicle is not eligible for a recall. You can also subscribe to a mailing list with updates on recall information.

If you get into a car accident and you believe it was due to a car defect, there are a few quick steps you can follow:

  1. Keep all the evidence. Take pictures of everything. Document any damage to the car or injuries. Basically, anything that could prove there’s a faulty car part.
  2. Postpone car repairs. It’s tempting to fix a car that’s not totaled. However, you don’t want to tamper with the evidence. If you are claiming a car defect, experts will inspect your vehicle.
  3. Avoid insurance. That is, momentarily. It’s often wise to consult with an attorney before you start dealing with insurance, especially when defective manufacturing is involved.