2016-2017 GM Fullsize Trucks, SUVs Recalled for Control Arms
Poor Weld Quality Could Affect Steering Control
General Motors is recalling a small number of fullsize trucks and SUVs for a defective front control arm resulting from substandard welds. The problem was discovered in a routine quality control procedure at the company’s Arlington, Texas, assembly plant. A GMC Yukon XL Denali became difficult to control during a “squeak and rattle” quality test. The left front tire showed excessive camber. Further inspection showed the upper control arm was deformed, caused by a failed weld near the upper control arm bushing. The part was supplied by Mexico-based supplier Multimatic Inmetmatic.
Among the 4,789 vehicles affected include the 2016 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV; GMC Yukon, Yukon XL and Sierra; Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban; and some 2016 and 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 models. Owners will receive an interim notice in May 2016 and a second notice when replacement parts are available. Until repairs are made, affected owners are advised not to drive their vehicles. To check if your vehicle is affected, go to recalls.gm.com and enter your vehicle’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN). Owners can also call Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. The recall campaign number is 42190.