General Motors has issued a recall for certain 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra light duty pickups and 2015 model year Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The company says a tie rod threaded attachment to the steering gear rack in these 477 possibly affected trucks may not be tightened to specification, which can cause the tie rod to separate from the steering rack and a crash could occur without prior warning.
Customers are being contacted and told to have their vehicles taken by flatbed to their dealer, where the inner tie rods will be inspected for correct torque, and, if necessary, the steering gear will be replaced. The repair procedure was being sent to dealers and owner letters sent by overnight mail to customers on May 14.
The issue was discovered and corrected during assembly after the small number of vehicles was released.
The recall, which was announced Thursday, was one of of five safety recalls covering about 2.7 million vehicles in the U.S.
“Customer safety is at the heart of how GM designs and produces vehicles, and these announcements are examples of two ways we are putting that into practice,” said Jeff Boyer, vice president of GM Global Vehicle Safety.
“We have redoubled our efforts to expedite and resolve current reviews in process and also have identified and analyzed recent vehicle issues which require action. These are examples of our focus to surface issues quickly and promptly take necessary actions in the best interest of our customers.”
Other recalls were:
- 2,440,524 previous generation passenger cars for taillamp malfunctions
- 111,889 previous generation Chevrolet Corvettes for loss of low-beam head lamps
- 140,067 Chevrolet Malibus from the 2014 model year for hydraulic brake booster malfunctions
- 19,225 Cadillac CTS 2013-2014 models for windshield wiper failures
GM has recalled more than 11 million vehicles this year.