Following Subaru, General Motors makes the second automotive recall of 2013 and they say that more than 69,000 full-size pickup trucks and SUVs distributed globally may be affected by a problem that could cause them to roll away after being parked.
Safety regulators say that certain 2013 model Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles including the Escalade, Sierra and Silverado, may have been built with a cracked park lock cable or a malformed steering column lock actuator gear in the lock module assembly. If this happens, these vehicles may shift from Park with the ignition key removed or in the OFF position, as well as without the 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,” GM said in a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
This recall affects 54,686 vehicles sold in the United States, 6,310 in Canada, 670 in Mexico, and another 7,084 in other markets around the world. In response to this recall, GM said they will address the potential issue by replacing the steering column as necessary, free of charge. The recall will begin on January 17th in the United States. Shown below is a list of vehicles that have been affected by the recall.