General Motors has issued a recall for Buck Encore and Chevrolet Trax vehicles from the 2015 model year. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may suffer from an electrical flaw that could cause them to lose power steering suddenly, increasing the risk of an accident.
If that sounds familiar, it's because GM recalled about 70,000 Chevrolet and Pontiac vehicles for a similar problem in February, and additional Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn vehicles last summer. This time around, the cause is slightly different, but the manufacturer of the component remains the same: Nexteer Automotive.
In a defect notice, NHTSA says that:
"In certain [Encore and Trax] vehicles, the steering column assembly housing may come into contact with the power steering printed circuit board. This contact could eventually cause enough wear on the power steering printed circuit board to cause a sudden loss of power steering assist."
The fix involves an inspection and potential replacement of the steering column assembly, which will be carried out free of charge.
The recall doesn't affect all Encore and Trax models, only those built between certain dates:
- 2015 Buick Encore vehicles built between November 27, 2014 and February 24, 2015
- 2015 Chevrolet Trax vehicles built between November 18, 2014 and February 17, 2015.
All told, 2,295 vehicles registered in the U.S. are affected by the recall.
Repairs will begin after GM mails recall notices to owners. Although GM hasn't indicated when it will send those notices, in a memo to dealers, the automaker says that repair parts should be available around April 1.
If you have further questions, you're encouraged to contact Buick customer service at 800-521-7300 or Chevrolet customer service at 800-222-1020 and ask about recall #15168. You can also call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign 15V146000.