Recall: 54,686 Cadillac, Chevy, GMC trucks that could roll away
Faulty shifter cables, steering-column locks found on 2013 models.
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.
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.
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