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After Complaints, GM Recalls Thousands of Police Cars

Multiple news reports have been claiming that General Motors has launched a recall campaign that impacts thousands of police cars. The issue is serious, news sources claim, because these vehicles may experience steering issues, exposing drivers to possible crash risks. Police cars are used by law enforcement agents who are required to focus on public safety. This recall campaign impacts public safety directly, especially if law enforcement agencies using the vehicles fail to have the units fixed promptly.

The official recall announcement issued by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has indicated that GM has recalled 6,300 units of certain police cars of the 2014 through 2016 model years. The Chevrolet Caprice Police Pursuit vehicles come with connectors that may experience some corrosion problems, increasing the risk of a possible steering issue since the driver may have to put a greater effort into navigating the vehicle.

While no accidents or injuries have been tied to this particular recall campaign, the company claims that the issue is particularly troubling precisely because police cars for over 20 hours per day without a break. Since the heat can build up under the hood while the vehicle is idling, the issue is more concerning to police officers.

The company allegedly launched the recall after learning about the issue from an Illinois police department. At the time, officers registered a complaint claiming their fleet were experiencing power steering losses.

While this issue does not represent a major problem to common drivers across America, consumers must always stay alert.

The issues experienced by law enforcement in Illinois could have easily resulted in crashes. Thankfully, tragedies were avoided. But in order to continue to keep the public safe, impacted vehicle owners and their operators should heed instructions and have their vehicles fixed at dealers promptly. Postponing the repair may increase the risk of crash, particularly over time.
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