GM Recalls 800k Trucks Worldwide over Steering Defect

New York: General Motors Co is recalling nearly 800,000 Chevrolet Silverado 1,500 and GMC Sierra 1,500 pickup trucks worldwide that could lose power steering, according to documents made public on Friday.

The largest US automaker said the 2014 model year trucks could suffer a temporary loss of electric power steering, especially during low-speed turning manoeuvres, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The company says the vehicles can temporarily lose electric power steering assist, especially during low-speed turns. If that happens, the driver could lose control of the steering wheel.

The recall includes about 690,000 vehicles in the US, 80,000 in Canada and about 25,000 in other markets. GM dealers will overwrite the vehicle’s software to address the defect.

GM spokesman Tom Wilkinson did not have any details on whether crashes or injuries are connected to the recall.

The company told regulators that before the 2015 model year it made a series of changes to address potential sources of temporary low voltage conditions that disable the power steering.

GM has not said when dealers will begin repairing vehicles. Meanwhile, GM said on Tuesday that it had completed the sale of its European division to French automaker PSA Groupe, marking the end of a rocky tenure that delivered engineering wins but left a yearly stain on the company’s finances.

GM reached the deal to sell the European unit in March for 16 consecutive yearly losses there.