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Power steering problem prompts recall of 2014 model GM trucks

A software problem in over 690,000 trucks has resulted in General Motors issuing a recall. Vehicles affected by the recall include the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra from the 2014 model year. Information published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explained that the software could spontaneously cease sending electrical power to the power steering for roughly one second.

The brief interruption in power steering support could cause a driver to lose control and subsequently cause an accident. The NHTSA identified low-speed turns as particularly vulnerable to the software glitch that could raise the crash risk for the vehicles.

Owners of those truck models can visit the website of the NHTSA to determine if the recall notice applies to their vehicles. GM wants truck owners to visit their nearest dealerships where a software update can be applied to the system at no cost.

Manufacturers intend recall notices like these to head off any injuries that could result from defective products. Products liability law obliges companies to pay the damages of people hurt or killed by products that malfunction or fail without warning. An attorney could guide a victim of a defective product, especially one that caused a car crash, through the process of suing for damages. Evidence about the product failure and the medical costs inflicted could be organized by the attorney and filed within a lawsuit. When communicating with the responsible party, an attorney might identify insurance coverage that could compensate the victim. Negotiations might result in an insurance settlement prior to trial. Otherwise, a lawyer could pursue compensation at a trial.

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