• May 12, 2009
General Motors and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have announced a suite of recalls for the Chevrolet Camaro, Traverse and various body-on-frame SUVs and pickups (Cadillac's Escalade, Chevrolet's Avalanche, Colorado, Suburban and Tahoe, along with GMC's Canyon and Yukon).

The Camaro recall has been discussed before, but now we have the official language and affected unit numbers to share with you. The recall of 1,243 Camaros is due to the possibility of the positive battery cable rubbing against the starter motor housing. When the insulation is worn through because of that chafing, the system can short out and the car won't start (or continue running if the motor is already going). Dealers will reroute the positive cable to fix.

15,393 2009 model-year Traverse crossovers are being recalled for a parking brake cable link that is not to federal specifications. According to the official press release, the parking brake pedal may cause the cable link to snap. Dealers will replace the cable link connector for free. Oddly, the recall does not make mention of GM's other Lambda-based three-row crossovers, which include the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, and Saturn Outlook.

Finally, 27,189 GM SUVs and pickups are being recalled due to potential faults with their fuel system control modules. The modules might have a seal problem that allows water in, which could then cause a short- or open- circuit, a development that could potentially trigger a host of warning lights or render the vehicle inoperable. Dealers will install a new fuel system control module unit at no cost. You can read all of the notices after the jump.

[Source: NHTSA - Camaro, Traverse, GMT900]

RECALL NOTICE

Vehicle Make / Model: CHEVROLET / CAMARO
Model Year(s): 2010

Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS CORP.
Mfr's Report Date: MAY 06, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V155000

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:BATTERY:CABLES
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1243

Summary:
GM IS RECALLING 1,243 MY 2010 CHEVROLET CAMARO EQUIPPED WITH A V8 ENGINE. THE POSITIVE BATTERY CABLE MAY CONTACT THE STARTER MOTOR HOUSING AND CAUSE WEAR ON THE CABLE INSULATION. IF THE INSULATION WEARS THROUGH TO THE CABLE, IT COULD CREATE A SHORT.

Consequence:
A SHORT COULD RESULT IN A NO START CONDITION, CAUSE THE VEHICLE TO STALL WITHOUT THE ABILITY TO RESTART, OR RESULT IN AN ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRE.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REROUTE THE POSITIVE BATTERY CABLE TO ENSURE ADEQUATE CLEARANCE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE MAY 6, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438 OR AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.

Notes:
GM RECALL NO. 090121. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


RECALL NOTICE

Vehicle Make / Model: CHEVROLET / TRAVERSE
Model Year(s): 2009

Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS CORP. Mfr's
Report Date: MAY 06, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V153000

Component: PARKING BRAKE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 15393

Summary:
GM IS RECALLING 15,393 MY 2009 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 135, "PASSENGER CAR BRAKE SYSTEMS." THESE VEHICLES MAY HAVE A PARK BRAKE CABLE LINK (CONNECTOR) THAT IS NOT TO SPECIFICATION. THIS CONNECTOR MAY FRACTURE WHEN THE PARK BRAKE PEDAL IS DEPRESSED.

Consequence:
IF THE TRANSMISSION SHIFT LEVER IS IN THE PARK POSITION, THERE WILL BE NO UNINTENDED VEHICLE MOVEMENT. HOWEVER, IF THE KEYS ARE LEFT IN THE IGNITION, THE TRANSMISSION SHIFT LEVER IS IN ANY POSITION OTHER THAN PARK, AND THE VEHICLE IS PARKED ON A SUFFICIENT SLOPE, IT COULD RESULT IN UNINTENDED VEHICLE MOVEMENT. THIS COULD RESULT IN A CRASH WITHOUT PRIOR WARNING.

Remedy:
DEALERS ARE TO REPLACE THE PARK BRAKE CABLE LINK (CONNECTOR) FREE OF CHARGE. GM ANTICIPATES THAT THE DEALER BULLETIN WILL BE SENT MAY 5, 2009 AND OWNER LETTERS WILL BE MAILED IN JUNE 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, OR AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.

Notes:
GM RECALL NO. 09045. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

RECALL NOTICE

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
CADILLAC / ESCALADE 2009
CADILLAC / ESCALADE ESV 2009
CADILLAC / ESCALADE EXT 2009
CHEVROLET / AVALANCHE 2009
CHEVROLET / COLORADO 2009
CHEVROLET / SUBURBAN 2009
CHEVROLET / TAHOE 2009
GMC / CANYON 2009
GMC / YUKON 2009
GMC / YUKON XL 2009

Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS CORP. Mfr's
Report Date: MAY 06, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V154000

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 27188

Summary:
GM IS RECALLING 27,188 MY 2009 CADILLAC ESCALADE, ESCALADE HYBRID, ESCALADE ESV, AND ESCALADE EXT; CHEVROLET AVALANCHE, SUBURBAN, TAHOE, TAHOE HYBRID, AND COLORADO; AND GMC YUKON, YUKON HYBRID, YUKON XL, AND CANYON VEHICLES. THE FUEL SYSTEM CONTROL MODULES MAY HAVE A CONDITION IN WHICH AN ADHESIVE SEPARATION OF THE ROOM TEMPERATURE VULCANIZING (RTV) SEAL BETWEEN THE SEAL AND THE HOUSING MAY ALLOW WATER TO SEEP INTO THE MODULE.

Consequence:
WATER IN THE MODULE COULD CAUSE A SHORT OR OPEN CIRCUIT, ILLUMINATION OF THE SERVICE ENGINE SOON LAMP, SETTING OF DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES OR THE ENGINE MAY BE HARD TO START, MAY NOT START OR MAY STALL INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A NEW FUEL SYSTEM CONTROL MODULE FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE MAY 18, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339, CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438 AND GMC AT 1-866-996-9463 OR AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.

Notes:
GM RECALL NO. 08411. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 30 Comments
      • 5 Years Ago
      Reliability these days seem to be not the NUMBER of recalls. Just so long, as they are less than other manufactures.

      Why not do the design or job correctly in the first place?
        • 5 Years Ago
        So you can do it better ?

        Yeah, yeah, that is all they do - make cars.

        But you never make an error in your line of work (I am assuming, sir, that you are gainfully employed) ?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Every car has recalls, everyone is making a big deal about nothing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The new one or the old one? For the record I'm not a Chevy guy of a Ford guy or a Dodge guy, but if I were to get a truck, it'd be a Ford
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry, Ford-guy bere, so I can't resist - Fusion: 0 recalls. :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      These are all minor issues that affect only a few vehicles, but the media (of course) will jump on it and scream how bad GM quality is. Why is it that that never happens when a Japanese company has an issue (and they won't even accept the responsibility)?
      I would bet that every one of these problems is not even GM's fault, but rather a supplier issue.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I suspect the high number of recall posts is due precisely to users "jumping on" them and screaming about either GM or Toyota quality for 100+ (more-or less identical) comments, inexplicably forgetting that "their side" had the same opportunity to whine the last time around.

        Great for pageviews!
        • 5 Years Ago
        John.

        You forgot that they have to paste in a photo from their archives ! !
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1
        Toyota has a lot of issues lately... yet they are still somehow the most reliable cars??? If a car rusts after 5 years it's reliable???

        I wonder what will happen when Toyota will run out of money to pay off everyone?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. What's up with reporting all these recalls here lately, most of which are very minor?

        Can I get paid to cut and paste information from the NHTSA web site too?

      • 5 Years Ago
      Not to worry.

      Substantially new (or re-engineered) products tend to have quick recalls like this. Goes with the territory of being "new". When you change the body and engine you will always open yourself up to "adjustments" and fixes.

      Remember, Toyota used to base it success on "old (proven) technology" .. something endless books have been written about. The problem they have faced -- this is one of many -- is that they have moved to boosting their production capacity and had to change how they build cars a lot. This has effected their quality. In theory their quality -- if they are addressing it (and they are) should improve as they get a handle on these new processes.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago

      These GM and Ford fan boys need to stop blaiming Toyota for their many endless problems they seem to have for their cars.

      Yes Toyota may of had a recall a month or two ago, but GM has about 5 almost EVERY OTHER WEEK. And these problems are with Brand new 2009 models !!

      The reason people ask why Toyota and Honda dont get soo much drama over a recall...mabe because they dont have soooo many and one or two are understandable. But when the problems keep rolling in, they start to spread concern.


      American Autos still have a way to go.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As if this matters at all at this point!

      GM is going Chapter 11. I think we all agree!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess the UAW is responsible for these recalls along with all the other ills of the big 2+Fiat.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or does the problem with the Traverse sound like someone at the factory checked the wrong box when ordering that particular part from the supplier, resulting in a slightly out of spec item? Same with the fuel control module on the SUVs - GM has put these computers under the hoods of their vehicles since the '90s and now they screw it up? Someone ordered the wrong part at the factory or made it wrong at the supplier.

      This kind of thing happens to every car company and I hate it when ANY of them get panned for something so minor. Its major engineering failures - like the quick wearing rear disc brakes on current generation Honda Accords, sludging Toyota motors, strong-as-glass Honda 4 speed autos and flammable cruise control units on Fords - that really deserve lambasting in the press.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Ford issue was beaten to death...even in the Detroit area. I remember there being long segments on it but the whole Toyota issue was a small blurb. Also, the local news always blamed Ford even though they weren't 100% at fault.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      You people talk about Toyota EVERY time an american auto comes up with an issue. It is consitant with them. Yes Toyota, Honda etc have issue but far less then the american autos have.

      You people act as of people say the american auto have relibilty issues for no reason, they brought it on themsleves. Toyota or Honda have nothing to do with it.


      Once again, when they finally stop all these little consant issues and even worse thats it is with brand new model.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Matt.....You got my vote =)
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        "You people talk about Toyota EVERY time an american auto comes up with an issue."

        As a supporter of American auto makers and a driver of a Chevy Silverado...I completely agree with these statements.

        They use it as a fall back. They are so threatened by Toyota, that they feel they need to remind EVERYONE that will listen that some time in the course of history, Toyota DID indeed have a recall.

        And...so what? Toyota had a recall. Big deal.
      • 5 Years Ago
      of course these GM recalls have something to do with Toyota...how ever did i ever over look that. Silly me, i though the article was about GM recalls, not Toyota recalls, my mistake

      thanks for pointing that out :)

      (sarcasm off)
      • 5 Years Ago
      "are being recalled for a parking brake cable link that is not to federal specifications. "

      Conservative freedom-whining 3...2...1....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Haven't all 3 of these recalls been reported on this site in the past?

      No news here, so why help the "media" keep pouring salt in GM's wounds?

      300C, thank you for your comment.

      GM's honesty keeps getting them in trouble while other "foreign" OEM's hide issues and never get in any trouble for it.
    • Load More Comments