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Recall: 54,686 Cadillac, Chevy, GMC trucks that could roll away

Faulty shifter cables, steering-column locks found on 2013 models.

By Exhaust Notes Jan 4, 2013 7:55AM
General Motors is recalling 54,686 trucks for faulty shifter cables and steering-column locks, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The 2013 Cadillac Escalade; Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban and Express; and GMC Sierra, Yukon, Yukon XL and Savana built from November through Dec. 18 are affected.

Either fractured shifter cables or broken steering-column locks can allow the shifter to move from park while the ignition is off or while the key is removed. The driver could also shift from park without first applying the brake or remove the key when the shifter is not in park. At worst, any of these scenarios could cause the truck to roll away.

Dealers will replace the steering columns starting Jan. 17. Owners can call Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339, Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 or GMC at 1-866-996-9463. GM said the problems were limited to certain 2013 models due to supplier and worker errors.

GM trucks have had a record of weak steering-column locks, particularly on the Escalade, which allowed thieves to force the shifter out of park and steer the truck without any keys. For 2012, the automaker installed a stronger lock.

In September, General Motors recalled 426,240 Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn sedans for faulty transmission shifter cables that could break and cause similar rollaway problems. In 2009, GM recalled 276,729 vehicles -- including the Saturn Aura and Pontiac G6, and Buick, Chevrolet and GMC models -- for more shifter-cable failures that could cause the cars to roll away when parked.

[Source: NHTSA]
Jan 4, 2013 9:32AM
Can we issue a recall on the bailout money the taxpayers gave to GM?
Jan 4, 2013 9:31AM
I'll bite. Planned obsolescence. Designed to break at intervals so that the company can continue to make money on repairs after the sale. If 10% of these trucks, some costing over $60K simply rolled into something or someone that equals a lot of damage. How long has GM been building vehicles? Mistakes happen, but I believe that these kind of mistakes are unacceptable and since my money is my vote I have never owned a GM and never will. This is why the foreign car companies are laughing at us.
Jan 4, 2013 9:31AM
 weaker equates to lighter witch we all know means better gas mileage give them a brake
Jan 4, 2013 9:29AM
People are Sooooo dumb these Days that why you have an Emergency Brake, Being A trans Mechanic for 30 plus years,  you are suppose to engage the E brake , people to busy on phones and texting
Jan 4, 2013 9:29AM
Yep, brought to you by those highly paid and skilled union members. My Toyota has the  locks, but I always set the e-brake also when parked.
Jan 4, 2013 9:22AM

People make mistakes. Hopefully they will learn from it. I'm glad they took responsibility and did the recall instead of making a scene and denying it was their fault.



Jan 4, 2013 9:21AM
Jan 4, 2013 8:10AM
And cue the GM bashers in 3....2....1.
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