- General Motors is recalling 477 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks and the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV for possible tie-rod separation and loss of steering.
- Owners of the affected vehicles are advised not to drive their vehicles until they have been inspected and repaired.
- Chevrolet dealers will inspect the inner tie rods and replace the steering gear, if necessary.
WASHINGTON — General Motors is recalling 477 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks and the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV for possible tie-rod separation and loss of steering, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Silverado, Sierra and Tahoe recall is part of a larger recall of about 2.7 million GM vehicles announced on Thursday.
In the case of the Silverado, Sierra and Tahoe recall, owners of the affected vehicles are advised not to drive their vehicles until they have been inspected and repaired. Owners should contact GM to have their vehicles towed to the dealership, the automaker told federal safety regulators.
"In the affected vehicles, the tie-rod threaded attachment may not be properly tightened to the steering gear rack," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "An improperly tightened tie-rod attachment may allow the tie rod to separate from the steering rack, resulting in a loss of steering, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash."
The affected Silverados were built from May 23, 2013 through March 25, 2014. The affected GMC Sierras were built from May 25, 2013 through March 31, 2014. The affected Tahoes were built from January 29, 2014 through March 27, 2014.
"Customers are being contacted and told to have their vehicles taken by flatbed to their dealer, where the inner tie rods will be inspected for correct torque, and, if necessary, the steering gear will be replaced," said GM in a statement on Thursday. "The repair procedure was being sent to dealers and owner letters sent by overnight mail to customers on May 14. The issue was discovered and corrected during assembly after the small number of vehicles was released."
The recall began on May 14.
Owners can contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020.
Edmunds says: GM said it is in the process of notifying owners. They should park the vehicles and get in touch with their dealers immediately.