General Motors has issued a global recall of around 1.2 million of its full-size pickups and SUVs pertaining to a potential fault in its steering which could increase the chances of an accident.

The American auto giant stated that the electric power steering on the affected vehicles are susceptible to sudden momentary failure during a drop in voltage after which it could suddenly come back online. The failure is most likely to happen at low-speed manoeuvres such as turning.

The company has however clarified that an updated software package is ready for the defective cars.

Vehicles that are affected by the defect include the MY 2015 of Silverado, GMC Sierra, Chevy Tahoe, Chevy Suburban, Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV, the GMC Yukon as well as the Yukon XL. The move was called by the company after 30 cases due to defect were reported. Adding to which, General Motors spokesman Tom Wilkinson confirmed that none of the accidents was fatal.

In 2017, the company had issued a recall of some of 2014 made trucks including 8,00,000 Chevy GMC full-size pickups for the same problem. However, no SUVs were involved in the recall, said Wilkinson.

In 2017, the company had issued a recall of some of 2014 made trucks including 8,00,000 Chevy GMC full-size pickups for the same problem.

In the event of losing the power steering assist, the driver is alerted with a driver information centre message. Apart from that, other electrical subsystems such as radio, StabiliTrak stability control system, driver information centre, chimes, door lock cycling air condition or cruise control would go off at the same time or just before the event.

The company has however clarified that an updated software package is ready for the defective cars.