January 11, 2005Tuesday, January 11, 2005
DETROIT â€” General Motors Corp. (GM) is recalling more than 98,000 pickups, vans and sport utility vehicles because of a potential problem with their power steering and braking systems, federal safety regulators said on Tuesday.
An advisory on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (search) said the problem â€” which can hamper but not eliminate the ability to stop or steer the vehicles â€” stems from fractures in their hydraulic pump driveshafts.
Vehicles affected by the recall are from the 2000 model year and include Chevrolet C/K and Silverado pickups and Suburban SUVs. GMC Savana vans are also affected, along with GMC Sierra pickups and Yukon XL SUVs.
GM was hit with numerous vehicle safety recalls last year and Tuesday's announcement, another blow to its recent claims of improved quality, came as it was playing host in Detroit to the North American International Auto Show (search).