In May 2016, GM announced another major vehicle recall, this one related to the front upper control arms of a variety of 2016-2017 models. The recall includes almost 5,000 Chevrolet, GMC, and Cadillac trucks and SUVs.
According to GM, the vehicle’s’ control arms may separate from the bushing due to inadequate welds. The potential result? A compromised steering system and an increased risk of crashing.
News sources like Tucson News Now report that the replacement parts are not yet available, though GM will notify affected owners by mail when they are.
If you drive a GM vehicle, including Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Saturn, Hummer, or SAAB, visit: gm.com/recalls and enter your VIN for important recall information. If a recall has been issued for your vehicle, take your vehicle to the specified dealership. The repairs will be performed for free.
While your vehicle may not be included in this safety recall, it pays to double-check. According to CarFax, more than 47 million vehicles have at least one open safety recall. That’s about one in five vehicles out on the road today!
Vehicle makes and models included in this GM recall include:
- 2016-17 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
- 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe
- 2016 Chevrolet Suburban
- 2016 GMC Sierra
- 2016 GMC Yukon & Yukon XL
- 2016 Cadillac Escalade & Escalade ESV
This recall comes on the tail end of GM’s 2015 fine of $900 million for defective ignition switches, a costly mistake that led to 125 deaths and 273 injuries. On a smaller and more recent scale, GM is also recalling 66 Chevrolet Malibus manufactured between March 7, 2016 and March 12, 2016. The memory chip in these vehicles may fail and cause the loss of electronically controlled brake systems. While the primary brake system will still function, there is an increased risk of a crash.
At Direct Auto & Life Insurance, we’re committed to vehicle safety and highway safety. We encourage you to use the federal government’s safety recall lookup tool at safercar.gov to double-check the recall status of your vehicle.