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A steering issue causes a recall of GM trucks

Two of General Motors' popular light trucks are being subject to a recall to correct a potentially serious steering problem. Tampa owners of the 2014 GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado and elsewhere are urged to take their vehicles to the nearest GM dealer to have the problem corrected as soon as possible. The repairs will be performed free of charge to the customer.

The recall revolves around a software glitch in the power steering configuration. The software error can cause the power steering to fail temporarily. According to the recall, the failure is most likely to happen during low speed turns. While the glitch only occurs for a few seconds, it's sufficient enough to cause a collision.

All sub models of the 2014 Sierra and Silverado seem to be affected by the recall, involving 690,000 vehicles. To determine if an owner's vehicle is a part of the recall, drivers can check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. For General Motors, it is fortunate that the problem can be remedied without extensive repairs or a redesign of the steering mechanism or without substantial inconvenience to the owner.

Not all vehicle collisions are due to driver negligence. At times, mechanical failures plays a large part in a wreck. In other instances, a manufacturing or design defect may cause greater injuries than expected. At these times, the manufacturer or dealer is often named as a defendant in a lawsuit. Manufacturers must answer to the injured parties if the product they sell is not reasonably safe.

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