General Motors is recalling 690,685 Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks to fix a power steering defect that could increase the risk of a crash.

The recall affects 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles produced between Jan. 29, 2013 and Sep. 4, 2014.

These light duty trucks are equipped with faulty an electric power steering (EPS) assist that could result in the temporary loss and sudden return of the system, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The EPS issue is particularly vulnerable during low-speed turning maneuvers.

This situation could lead to a collision.

“If EPS assist is lost and then returns, the driver might lose temporary control of the steering wheel, increasing the risk of a crash,” the NHTSA said.

The problem stems from an electrical software issue. Warning signs may include an alert in the Driver Information Center (usually located in the instrument cluster), and temporary disabling of the radio, stabilitrack, DIC, chimes, door-lock cycling, air conditioning, or cruise control, according to the recall report.

GM has not yet provided a specific notification schedule.

Both trucks were also part of a recall that affected 3.54 million vehicles in the U.S. last year.

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  1. Kendra Howley

    Had a accident at a traffic light making a left loss of steering could not correct my turn to get in to the lane. Complaint to GM and they said that they were not responsible. Now there is a recall 17276. They still have my truck and this happened last c to get in to the lane. Complaint to GM and they said that they were not responsible. Now there is a recall 17276. They still have my truck and this happened last year.

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