According to an official notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "The park brake cable may not be fully seated in its connector and may separate from the connector." Should that happen, the parking brake won't hold the car in place.
A total of 2,070 Captiva models are affected, all of which were built between April 26 and May 17 of this year.
The recall is expected to begin in mid-July, and Chevrolet dealers will inspect and repair the parking brake cables free of charge. Given how recall-related repairs have been a hot button topic for America's rental car agencies as of late, it will be interesting to see how quickly these Captivas get fixed. For the full details on the problem, scroll down to read the NHTSA report.
Model Year(s): 2012
Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
Mfr's Report Date: JUN 26, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V301000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: PARKING BRAKE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,070
GENERAL MOTORS LLC (GM) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 CHEVROLET CAPTIVA SPORT PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 26, 2012, THROUGH MAY 17, 2012. THESE VEHICLES FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE PARK BRAKE PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 135, "LIGHT VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEMS." THE PARK BRAKE CABLE MAY NOT BE FULLY SEATED IN ITS CONNECTOR AND MAY SEPARATE FROM THE CONNECTOR. IF THIS OCCURS, THE PARK BRAKE WILL BECOME INOPERATIVE AND WILL NOT HOLD THE VEHICLE.
IF THE VEHICLE IS ON AN UNEVEN SURFACE, THIS COULD RESULT IN UNINTENDED VEHICLE MOVEMENT AND A CRASH.
GM WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND ENSURE THAT THE PARK BRAKE CABLES ARE CONNECTED AND SECURE FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON, OR ABOUT, JULY 18, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THE CHEVROLET OWNER CENTER AT 1-866-694-6546.
GM'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 12127. CUSTOMERS MAY 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.