Bad Shifter Forces GM Recall

Problem affects one in 1K vehicles, requiring new steering column

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jan 4, 2013 10:19 AM CST

(Newser) – General Motors is recalling nearly 55,000 pickup trucks, SUVs, and vans because they can roll away unexpectedly. The recall affects certain 2013 models of the Chevrolet Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, Avalanche, and Express. Also included are the GMC Sierra, Savana, and Yukon, as well as the Cadillac Escalade.

GM says the vehicles may have been built with faulty park lock cables or malformed steering column lock gears. The vehicles can be shifted out of park even if the ignition key is in the off position or removed. GM says about one in 1,000 of the vehicles has the problem and most haven't been sold yet. The company says it knows of no crashes or injuries caused by the problem. Dealers will replace the steering column free of charge if necessary. (In other roll-away recall news...)

Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks are seen on a dealer's lot in Troy, Mich., Monday, Dec. 17, 2012.  The Silverado is one of 55,000 new vehicles the company is recalling because of a shifter problem
Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks are seen on a dealer's lot in Troy, Mich., Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. The Silverado is one of 55,000 new vehicles the company is recalling because of a shifter problem   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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