When vital suspension components fail at speed, it can lead to catastrophic outcomes. That's why even smaller recalls involving the suspension should be taken seriously. This week, General Motors has issued a suspension-related recall for several of its SUV and truck offerings.
The recall covers the 2016-2017 Chevrolet Silverado and the following 2016 vehicles: Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV; Chevrolet Suburban; Chevrolet Tahoe; GMC Sierra; GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. A poorly welded upper control arm might separate from its bushing, which can greatly affect a driver's ability to steer.
At the moment, replacement parts are not available. When they are available, GM will replace both upper control arms (left and right) and ensure proper suspension alignment. For the time being, GM recommends that owners not drive their vehicles, which is easier said than done for some. The recall affects 4,789 vehicles in the US.