More than 6,000 sport utility vehicles and large vans have been recalled by General Motors due to a potential gear shaft defect that could potentially disable steering capabilities. The affected models include the GMC Savana vans, Chevy Suburbans, and the GMC Yukon XL sport utility vehicle. The gear shaft in specific models might become fractured, potentially disabling the vehicle’s steering abilities and reducing the driver’s ability to avoid an auto collision.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received a report from GMC that the company was originally notified of the issue by a vehicle supplier that was running a analysis of a vehicle’s steering gear unit. According to GMC, the test results specified that the aforementioned gear shaft malfunction would only occur after five months of abnormally intense use under the most trying conditions.
In early April, GMC will start notifying owners of the affected vehicles. Consumers can return their vehicles to the dealership for diagnostic testing and free replacement if the vehicle’s gear shaft box is found to be at risk of malfunctioning.
As a Long Beach car accident attorney, I sincerely hope that no one is injured by this potential defect before it is successfully remedied. If you or someone you love or care about has been injured in a an auto accident involving a defective auto part, please consider contacting a licensed Long Beach personal injury lawyer.