Twelve different General Motors vehicles from the 2013 model year, up to 54,686 units in total, are being recalled over two potential issues with their steering columns. The models in question, all full-size trucks, SUVs or vans, are the: Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Express, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, and GMC Savana, Sierra, Yukon and Yukon XL.

The affected vehicles were built with a fractured parking lock cable or "a malformed steering column lock actuator gear in the lock module assembly." As a consequence, they could shift out of park without the brake pedal being applied or with the key removed or in the off position.

A bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that the recall should begin on January 17. GM will notify owners, at which time they can take their vehicles to their dealers for repair free of charge. Have a look at the bulletin below for more information.
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Report Date: January 5, 2013 at 12:22 PM
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 13V001000

Vehicle Model Year(s) Make / Model: 2013 CADILLAC ESCALADE, 2013 CADILLAC ESCALADE ESV, 2013 CADILLAC ESCALADE EXT, 2013 CHEVROLET AVALANCHE, 2013 CHEVROLET EXPRESS, 2013 CHEVROLET SILVERADO, 2013 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN, 2013 CHEVROLET TAHOE, 2013 GMC SAVANA, 2013 GMC SIERRA, 2013 GMC YUKON, 2013 GMC YUKON XL
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC
Report Receipt Date: JAN 02, 2013
Component: STEERING: COLUMN LOCKING:ANTI-THEFT DEVICE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 54,686

Summary:
General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, and Escalade EXT; Chevrolet Avalanche, Express, Silverado HD, Silverado LD, Suburban, and Tahoe; and GMC Savana, Sierra HD, Sierra LD, Yukon, and Yukon XL vehicles, manufactured between November 7, 2012, through December 18, 2012, for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 102, "Transmission Shift Lever Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect", and FMVSS No. 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention." The vehicles may have been built with a fractured park lock cable or a malformed steering column lock actuator gear in the lock module assembly.

Consequence:
As a result, the vehicle may shift from Park with the ignition key removed or the ignition key in the OFF position. The vehicle may also shift out of Park without 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.

Remedy:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and replace the steering column as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on January 17, 2013. Chevrolet owners may call 1-800-630-2438. Cadillac owners may call 1-866-982-2339. GMC owners may call 1-866-996-9463.

Notes:
General Motors' number for this recall is 12331. 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 www.safercar.gov.


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      Wm
      • 1 Year Ago
      With all the inventory of these trucks molding on lots, I'll bet dealers are wishing they'd roll off a little faster.
      56Jalopy
      • 1 Year Ago
      GM to Part manufacturer: At $0.055 we are paying way to much for that lock, make it cheaper. Manufacturer: A leetle softa metel I do for $0.042. GM:That's better.
      M-M
      • 1 Year Ago
      Interesting because a co-worker with this exact truck had it parked on a slight hill and the truck rolled down and hit another car. Chevy refused to cover the repairs or damage because he didn't have the park brake on. Wonder if he can use this to at least get the mechanical part of the repair covered.
        M-M
        • 1 Year Ago
        @M-M
        Nevermind.. I read the recall wrong. His actually rolled because a lock pin in the tranny broke, not the steering lock. And yes, he was stupid for not using the parking brake. However, I'm not sure I've heard of this happening on any modern car recently.
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Which result in fiery death.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its time for GM to get rid of the column shifter in these trucks. Its the 21st century.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      rollie
      • 1 Year Ago
      As manufacturers continually cut corners to reduce cost, the consumer gets the shaft. My GMC3500 shift linkage "fell off" the transmission lever while plowing snow in a mini-blizzard here in upstate NY. I had to get out, shovel a tunnel under the truck, and shift the truck into neutral to have it towed out of the snow I had pushed. Turns out the linkage rod/cable has a little steel washer in a pocket that snaps over a little ball on the linkage arm to the transmission. After six years of upstate NY road salt, the little steel snap washer rusted out. IMAGIN THAT! Years ago, all linkage arms were a 90 degree bend into a hole on the arm with apin that never failed. Result.....$270.00 for the tow to a garage, and a $60.00 charge to have a mechanic drill a hole thru the rod to put a bolt thru that will hold this piece of crap together like it should have been. I will NEVER buy another General Motors product if I live to 100. KMA GM !!