General Motors is recalling nearly 3,000 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups from the 2015 model year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may suffer from an electrical problem that could make them more difficult to steer, increasing the risk of accidents.
The problem is rooted in a connector manufactured by Mando America Corporation, based in Hogansville, Georgia. NHTSA explains:
"In the affected vehicles, the torque-sensor harness connector was damaged during functional testing at the supplier. A 'stuck' pin on the steering gear supplier’s test device caused permanent deformation to the contact springs in the torque-sensor harness connector, which affected the electrical connection in the steering gear connector."
If that connection should fail, power steering assist would be lost, making the Colorado or Canyon more difficult to steer, especially at low speeds. NHTSA says that drivers would also notice a warning light on the instrument panel and a warning chime, too.
The recall is limited to trucks made during the following windows of time:
- 2015 Chevrolet Colorado vehicles built between January 6, 2015 and March 17, 2015
- 2015 GMC Canyon vehicles built between January 6, 2015 and March 19, 2015
All told, the recall affects 2,988 pickups registered in the U.S.
GM will notify owners of the recall by mail. Recall notices will encourage owners to take their vehicles to Chevrolet and GMC dealers, where the steering gear pinion sensor cover assembly will be replaced at no charge.
If you believe that you own one of these vehicles, you're encouraged to contact Chevrolet customer service at 800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 800-462-8782 and ask about recall #15595. You can also call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #16V054000.