NHTSA opens query into GM pickup recall

May 14, 2019 03:20 PM UPDATED 19 HOURS AGO
NHTSA opens query into GM pickup recall
Sarah Kominek

GM
2015 GMC Canyon
NHTSA, the nation’s top auto safety regulator, has opened an investigation to determine if a recall of almost 3,000 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups should be expanded to cover more recent complaints.
In January 2016, General Motors recalled the pickups after complaints that the trucks lost their electric power steering.
NHTSA’s Office of Defect Investigation reported receiving 50 complaints of lost power steering in the two nameplates beyond the initial recall. There have been no reports of crashes or injuries.
“NHTSA has opened a formal investigation into a past recall involving select 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks,” GM said in a statement. “We will fully cooperate to support their investigation.”
“The question here is why did GM not come back to NHTSA to address these additional 100,000 vehicles,” Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety in Washington, D.C., said in an e-mail. “Kudos to NHTSA for reviewing the complaints and digging in to what could be a dangerous defect. Time will tell exactly how dangerous.”
A complaint reported to NHTSA April 7 claimed a GMC dealer told a Yucaipa, Calif., consumer that his GMC Canyon was not part of the 2016 recall.
“GMC is trying to minimize the total number of recalls” the complaint said. “The dealer wants a huge amount of money to troubleshoot and possibly repair [the] issue.”

The consumer reported in the complaint that the power steering failed at least five times, causing alarms in the vehicle to sound and the steering wheel to jerk.
“Alarms will reset if I stop and turn off the vehicle and then restart but that’s not really possible at freeway speeds or in local traffic,” the complaint said. “This safety issue needs to be addressed ASAP before someone is injured or killed because of known issue.”
Across the U.S., multiple complaints stated the power steering failed at a variety of speeds or while the driver was turning the vehicle.
NHTSA did not report the names of the complainants.
The Associated Press reported the new investigation.

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