Corrosion may be to blame for GM power steering recall

Power steering is a ubiquitous feature in today’s lineup of new and used cars, making turning the wheel a great deal easier for motorists than before the technology was standard. But it’s this universal component that could lead to loads of trouble for owners of certain General Motors models, prompting a recall that may be linked to corrosion. With this being said, if you own a car and your power steering isnt working as well as it used to, then it could possibly be your ball screw. It may be in your best interest to check out products available at, in the hopes of getting this problem fixed. It is best to be safe than sorry.

As reported by Reuters, General Motors announced on Sep. 12 that it intends to recall over 1.2 million pickup trucks and SUVs due to operational issues that could lead vehicles to lose automatic power steering capability.

Recall concerns several 2015 GM models
The country’s leading automaker said the recall affects its Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac brands, whose model years are all 2015. The vast majority of the vehicles were purchased in the U.S (1.02 million). The makes and models are as follows:

  • Cadillac Escalade
  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • Chevrolet Suburban
  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • GMC Sierra
  • GMC Yukon

In a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Brian Latouf, director of field product investigations and evaluations, said there’s a possibility that drivers who experience power steering loss may be at risk of getting into an accident, especially if the functionality suddenly returns and motorists are driving at low speeds.

Corrosion led to power steering recall in April
Although the ultimate cause of the power steering flaw is unclear, it may have something to do with premature corrosion, at least if recent history is any guide. In April, Bosch Automotive Steering issued a safety recall notification to NHTSA regarding the potential for power steering loss after the company determined that the aluminum mounting bolts used in assembly were vulnerable to corrosion, weakened by road salt that gets kicked up by tires when drivers ride over treated road surfaces. Because Bosch steering components are found in several makes, the issue prompted recalls from multiple auto manufacturers, such as Tesla.

“The previous power steering recall affected over 557,000 units.”

Impacting an estimated 557,722 power steering units, owners of the affected vehicles have since been notified and urged to return their vehicles to dealerships so corrosion-preventive sealers can be installed free of charge.

Owners of the vehicles mentioned above may want to use this time without their vehicle to look at potential upgrades and accessories which they could add when their vehicle is returned. For example, you can find tonneau covers for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 here. There are plenty of different things someone could add to their vehicle to make its return even more exciting.

An investigation into what led to the GM power steering flaw is underway, but in the meantime, the automaker said it will notify owners and dealers of the safety issue so they can have the appropriate parts swapped out. This process will better determine if corrosion played a role. The service will come at no cost.

GM spokesperson Tom Wilkinson told Reuters that while there are no known fatalities to result from the power steering loss, it’s led to 30 crashes and two injuries.