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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 10:02AM
I had a GMC Duramax 2500 once,  I wish it had rolled away.........FAR AWAY! It towed like a monster but that was about all it had going for it.
Jan 4, 2013 9:56AM
My Silverado sa a 2004.Any recalls on that one????my sons Impala is a 2005.Any on tht model??
Jan 4, 2013 9:54AM

I made a deal on a Mercedes car  not long ago, a hand shake with the salesmanager that I had bought a new Mercedes from for a family member a couple years earlier.  He had agreed to allow me 3 days to decide if I wanted to pay extra for an extended warranty while he received the extended warranty price,  meanwhile a couple days went by without hearing from him, I called, he said he had not received the price yet,  so the next day I called again and just asked for any salesman and did not say my name.  Wow,  the salesman said the car was sold 2 days before that.


I think we should stop the boats at the border hauling Mercedes vehicles over here.  So a few days later I stopped by the dealership and told the gentleman he lied to me,  he then told me to leave the property.  I told him I would leave,  however if I did not walk fast enough perhaps he could help me!!!


Buying foreigh vehicles,  and we wonder what is wrong with our economy.  I believe we need to take care "of our own.  I think GM and Ford build the best cars in the world at a fair price.

Jan 4, 2013 9:51AM
Parking brake goes on when on a slope. Wheels turned to the curb on a hill. That's from the manual more than fifty years ago.
Jan 4, 2013 9:39AM
Chyrsler's stock buy back is costing tax payers billions via that sweet Obama union bail out - BOYCOTT CHRYSLER AND GM
Jan 4, 2013 9:34AM
I traded my 2007 avalanche electrcal problems and started using alot of motor oil I was a life time Chevrolet man NO MORE !!!!!!!
Jan 4, 2013 9:34AM
GM needs a little bashing now and cant let Toyota make all the recalls.
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
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