• Jan 17, 2011
It would seem that General Motors has discovered that the defective axle cross pins responsible for a recent recall were installed in more vehicles than originally thought. The automaker has expanded the recall to cover a total of 26,751 vehicles, up from the 1,262 units in the original notice. As of right now, certain 2011 Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Avalanche, Colorado, Silverado, Suburban and Tahoe models as well as GMC Canyon, Sierra and Yukon models are included in the newest recall.

As with before, the vehicles were built with rear axle cross pins that may not have been heat treated. As a result, the pieces could fracture and move out of position. If this happens, the defect could actually cause the rear axle to lock up while driving. Needless to say, the problem could easily cause an accident.

GM will replace the pins free of charge, though the recall isn't scheduled to get underway until January 25. The company says that while one owner did experience a loss of power to the rear axle as a result of the defect, no accidents have been reported. Hit the jump to take a look at the full recall notice.

[Source: NHTSA]

Vehicle Make / Model:

Model Year(s):
CADILLAC / ESCALADE

2011
CADILLAC / ESCALADE ESV 1500

2011
CADILLAC / ESCALADE EXT 1500

2011
CHEVROLET / AVALANCHE 1500

2011
CHEVROLET / COLORADO

2011
CHEVROLET / SILVERADO 1500

2011
CHEVROLET / SUBURBAN 1500

2011
CHEVROLET / TAHOE

2011
GMC / CANYON

2011
GMC / SIERRA 1500

2011
GMC / YUKON

2011
GMC / YUKON XL 1500

2011

Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS CORP.
Mfr's Report Date: JAN 06, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V007000
N/A
NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: SUSPENSION:REAR:AXLE:SPINDLE Potential Number of Units Affected: 26,751

Summary:
GENERAL MOTORS IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 CADILLAC ESCALADE, ESCALADE ESV, ESCALADE EXT; CHEVROLET AVALANCHE, COLORADO, SILVERADO, SUBURBAN, TAHOE; AND GMC CANYON, SIERRA, YUKON AND YUKON XL VEHICLES. THE REAR AXLE CROSS PINS WERE NOT PROPERLY HEAT TREATED AND COULD FRACTURE AND BECOME DISPLACED WITHIN THE REAR AXLE. SHOULD THE PIN SHIFT OUT OF POSITION, IT COULD CREATE AN INTERFERENCE CONDITION AND CAUSE THE REAR AXLE TO LOCK.

Consequence:
THE DRIVER MAY NOT BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AND A CRASH COULD OCCUR WITHOUT WARNING.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A NEW REAR AXLE CROSS PIN FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE JANUARY 25, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339, CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, GMC AT 1-866-996-9463 AND AT THE OWNER CENTER AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.

Notes:
THIS RECALL CAMPAIGN IS AN EXPANSION TO 10V-643. GM'S SAFETY RECALL NO. 10426A. 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 .


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      • 3 Years Ago
      All of the auto manufacturers are cheapscates when it comes to what they are willing to pay for parts no matter who makes it wherever they make it. They only allow these parts suppliers about two% profit margin on parts they make and if they want more profit these auto manufacturers simply tell them no and go somewhere else for their parts. When you have to run your company on such a tight margin you may have a tendency to cheat a little on your process in order to make a little more money and you can hardly blame them for doing it. The down side is of course, someone might be killed because your parts are junk. This same thing happened in the airplane industry just a few years ago when they were using Chinese made bolts to hold the engines on the underside of the wings and the engines started falliing off and landing in cornfields. Chinese say (What is grade 8 bolt and how you make) Case closed
      samms
      • 3 Years Ago
      kia is the car to buy made by non-union better vehicle for the buck alot of extras
      • 3 Years Ago
      It would be useful to explain the rear axle cross pin is in the differential assembly, i.e., internal to the rear axle.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Scary.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Wait a second, did those get heat treated?"

      "I dunno...I think so"

      "Well, there's only one way to find out...ship em!!!"

      - Conversation on floor at American Axle & Manufacturing (actually this conversation would be in spanish these days)
      • 3 Years Ago
      who care if its in Chinese? I do not. The reality is Spanish speaking or English speaking, they are all human beings and they all work for GM.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Black&Blue, granted, that they work for the supplier, my point was that they still are human beings and we should not hold it against them because they do not speak English or Japanese.

        • 3 Years Ago
        @black&blue; so you and I are in agreement. Its not the workers who we should be bitter about. They are just normal folks. The problems are with the higher ups..
      • 3 Years Ago
      Eddy current testing systems, such as those provided by Criterion NDT, are capable of detecting and sorting incorrectly heat treated products like this. It sounds like it's time to add one to the prodution line.
      • 3 Years Ago
      How did you ever get 99 upvotes?
      • 3 Years Ago
      you have a bad universal joint in your driveshaft, probably the rear one next to the rear end
      • 3 Years Ago
      Components are built all over the world and have been for along time and just because some of the 3rd world countires that produce many of the parts in our cars doesn't mean they don't take pride in their work.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear GM, please fix Piston slap on your engines while you are at it fixing your trucks for axle pins. You have many disgruntled people with this issue and it's costing you valuable sales

      http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=PISTON+SLAP+GM&aq=f
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I were paid 10 cents a day I probably wouldn't care either.
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