General Motors is recalling model year 2012 Chevrolet Express van and Chevrolet Suburban SUV, and their GMC twins, the GMC Savana and GMC Yukon XL.
The issue involves the Chevy Express, GMC Savana, Chevrolet Suburban, and GMC Yukon’s steering gear, specifically the steering gear pitman shaft. The part had not been sufficiently hardened and could fracture, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A fractured steering gear pitman shaft, says the NHTSA, increases the odds for an accident.
6,159 vehicles may be affected by the recall. Only model year 2012 Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon XL, Chevy Express, and GMC Savana are involved. No accidents, injuries, or fatalities have been reported by either the NHTSA or GM at the time of this post.
General Motors says it will start notifying 2012 Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon XL, Chevy Express, and GMC Savana owners next month. Owners will be asked to bring in their Chevrolet or GMC van or full-size SUV to the nearest dealerships, which will inspect them and, if necessary, replace the steering gear part at no cost to the owner. Chevy Suburban, Express, and GMC Yukon, Savana owners wanting additional information can contact GM and reference safety recall campaign number 12055. The NHTSA can be reached at (888) 327-4236 and reference its campaign ID number 12V112000.