General Motors Korea has issued a recall for certain Alpha platform vehicles in the country to fix a faulty steering rack.
The Defect: GM Korea has recalled 483 units of 2016-2017 Chevrolet Camaro sold and 191 units the Cadillac ATS and Cadillac CTS sedans for a faulty electronic power steering system. This is the same problem that plagued Alpha platform cars in North America, prompting the recall of over 27,000 Chevrolet Camaro, Cadillac ATS and Cadillac CTS models.
The Hazards: GM says the Bosch electronic power steering rack in the cars may have faulty control boards, causing the power steering to fail. If the steering system does fail, the driver will notice the steering become heavier, which may increase the risk of a crash. GM says the power steering may come back online if the car is restarted.
Affected Vehicles: In South Korea, the recall affects the following vehicle types/model years:
- 2016-2017 Chevrolet Camaro
- 2016-217 Cadillac ATS
- 2016-2017 Cadillac CTS
The Fix: To remedy the problem, GM Korea dealerships will replace the entire front steering rack of the vehicle. This repair will of course be completed at no cost to the owner. Owners will be notified of the recall by mail or SMS, according to South Korea’s Ministry of Transportation, Land and Infrastructure. Customers who may have already to have their steering system replaced or repaired may also be eligible for compensation.
Contacts: If you are in the U.S. and have a vehicle affected by this issue, you can contact NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 (toll-free number) or GM Customer Service at 1-866-694-6546. South Korean customers affected by this issue will want to contact the MOLIT for more info, or wait to be contacted by their dealer.