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Nearly 7,000 vehicles recalled for software problem

Kentucky residents who own vehicles made by General Motors may be interested to learn that the manufacturer has announced a recall that effects more than 690,000 vehicles. The recall effects both GMC and Chevrolet pickup trucks.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that the vehicles could have a software problem that could potentially cause them to suddenly lose their electric power steering assistance. Although this power loss only affects the power steering for about one minute, drivers could lose temporary control of their steering. In some cases, this could result in a crash. The NHTSA said that drivers were most vulnerable to the software glitch when making low-speed turns.

The trucks that are potentially affected by the recall include model year GMC Sierra trucks and model year 2014 Chevrolet Silverados. The manufacturer said that vehicle owners should take the trucks to their local GM dealer where they will receive a software update that will fix the glitch for no cost. The NHTSA also has a list available of all the vehicles affected by the recall.

Manufacturers are responsible for ensuring that their products are safe for public use. As such, they should be held accountable if a defective or dangerous product causes an injury or death. When it comes to auto defects, however, it can be difficult to determine if the defective component caused or contributed to the auto accident. A products liability attorney may determine whether or not a person or family has sufficient evidence to file a lawsuit against the responsible manufacturer or company that sold the vehicle.

Source: CNN, "GM recalling about 700,000 Chevy and GMC trucks", Jackie Wattles, Aug. 5, 2017

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