General Motors is recalling nearly 69,000 pickup trucks, SUVs and vans worldwide because they can roll away unexpectedly. The recalled vehicles may have been built with a “fractured park lock cable or a malformed steering column lock actuator gear in the lock module assembly.” As a result, the vehicles may shift from Park even if the ignition key has been removed or the ignition key is in the OFF position.
Vehicles may also shift out of Park without application of the brake pedal while the key is off. Either of these scenarios may cause the vehicle to roll away after the driver has exited the vehicle, resulting in a possible vehicle crash and/or injury, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The recall affects certain 2013 models of the Chevrolet Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, Avalanche and Express as well as GMC Sierra, Savana and Yukon as well as the Cadillac Escalade. The recall includes almost 55,000 vehicles in the U.S. and another 14,000 in Canada, Mexico and elsewhere in the world. GM says about one in 1,000 of the vehicles has the problem, and most haven’t been sold yet.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall is due to GM failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 102, “Transmission Shift Lever Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect”, and FMVSS No. 114, “Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention.”
Dealers will replace the steering column free of charge if necessary
The recall includes the following:
- CADILLAC / ESCALADE 2013
- CADILLAC / ESCALADE ESV 2013
- CADILLAC / ESCALADE EXT 2013
- CHEVROLET / AVALANCHE 2013
- CHEVROLET / EXPRESS 2013
- CHEVROLET / SILVERADO 2013
- CHEVROLET / SUBURBAN 2013
- CHEVROLET / TAHOE 2013
- GMC / SAVANA 2013
- GMC / SIERRA 2013
- GMC / YUKON 2013
- GMC / YUKON XL 2013
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and replace the steering column as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on January 17, 2013.
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