General Motors Corporation has announced a voluntary recall of more than 6,000 of its large model sport utility vehicles and vans in the United States. Specific models of 2012 Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon XL sport utility vehicles, and GMC Savana vans, due to a potential risk that their gear shafts could fracture, resulting in a potential loss of steering capabilities and increasing the possibility of an accident.
According to a report GMC filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, GMC first became aware of the problem when it was discovered by a vehicle supplier during a diagnostic test of the steering gear unit. The results of this test indicated the gear-shaft fracture would not occur for at least five months after the initial purchase, and only then under the most extreme conditions and heavy use.
GMC will begin informing consumers of the recall in early April. Owners of the affected vehicles should return them to the dealership for an inspection of the steering gear shaft and, if necessary a replacement of the defective auto part.
As a highly experienced San Jose auto accident lawyer, I hope this recall can be completed safely and efficiently, and that no one is hurt by this defective auto part. Unfortunately vehicle recalls don’t always happen before injuries are incurred. If you have been harmed by a malfunctioning automobile, please consider contacting a San Jose personal injury attorney.