General Motors recalls 98,221 pickups and SUVs

Wednesday, January 12th 2005, 11:30 am
By: News On 6

DETROIT (AP) _ General Motors Corp. is recalling 98,221 Chevrolet and GMC pickups, vans and sport utility vehicles because the steering wheels and brakes may not work properly, federal safety regulators said Tuesday.

All the vehicles involved are from the 2000 model year. They are the Chevrolet C/K and Silverado pickups and Suburban SUV and the GMC Savana van, Sierra pickup and Yukon XL SUV.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a hydraulic pump driveshaft can fracture in the vehicles, which causes immediate loss of power steering assist and can result in loss of braking assist. Drivers still can steer and use their brakes but with more difficulty.

GM plans to notify owners of the recall next month. Dealers will repair the vehicles for free.