Recent GMC Recalls
A vehicle recall notice can truly be a blessing in disguise. Let’s face it: most of us out on the roads are not mechanics. Changing a tire? Sure, that may be doable. But the reality of many problems outlined in recall notices is that they’re highlighting an issue that tends to go completely unnoticed by drivers, issues that don’t reveal themselves until a challenging event like an accident is caused.
So how does a recall come to fruition? Are all recalls the product of tragic accidents? To the latter, fortunately, the answer is a resounding no. Recalls are created through a process by which either a car manufacturer, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), or both simultaneously, notice and investigate patterns of abnormal malfunction in vehicles that don’t reflect the normal wear and tear that a car would experience in everyday use. When cars are brought into local dealerships with problems, auto technicians investigate and log errors in equipment; their expertise tends to be the first stop in identifying malfunctions that constitute a recall, and they can push abnormal issues through the proper pipelines to have them further investigated at the manufacturer’s level.
Regardless, the problems are logged and when patterns emerge, auto manufacturers research internal records to recognize both the source of the problem, how to fix it and the dates of vehicles affected. The recall is then issued, typically by mail, by which registered vehicle owners are sent correspondence making them aware that their vehicle needs to be brought in for maintenance to correct the recall.
Of course, if you purchased your vehicle pre-owned, the manufacturer may not have the proper information to notify you directly. It’s for this reason, along with changes of address and other possible concerns that would affect correspondence, that vehicle owners should stay on top of recall notices by checking online at the NHTSA website or manufacturer website.
Let’s look at some recent GMC recalls for some examples:
2018 GMC Terrain SUV Airbag Recall
Just over 88,000 GMC Terrain SUVs were recalled in late 2018 over an airbag sensor failing to power down when a vehicle is shut off, and consequently not powering on properly once the vehicle is restarted. GMC has stated that when the issue is present, the airbag warning lamp will illuminate and warning chimes will sound.
To correct this recall, GMC will perform a free software update to vehicles which will correct the sensor activity. For more information, owners can contact GMC customer service at 800-462-8782 with the GMC recall number 18179.
Steering Malfunction Leads to Over One Million GM and GMC Vehicles Recalled
Over one million GMC 1500 pickups, GMC Yukons and other vehicles under the GM banner have been recalled due to a steering malfunction that can lead to traffic accidents. GM has identified over thirty crashes, two injuries but, fortunately, no fatalities linked to this recall issue.
The issue, a software defect, results in vehicles suddenly losing electric power steering, followed by a sudden return during low-speed turning situations. The nature of the problem makes it critical to address the recall as soon as possible.
Be sure to stay on top of GMC recall notices and utilize best practices as a vehicle owner. Research recalls and have them corrected as soon as possible to avoid accident and injury.