The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued recalls for the 2013 Buick LaCrosse and 2013 Cadillac SRX due to a problem with the software for the transmission controller. On about 27,000 SRX and LaCrosse models, the transmission could accidentally be shifted to Sport mode, which would reduce the amount of engine braking drivers experience.

NHTSA says this could increase the risk of a crash, but, fortunately, the required fix is simply an update to the software.

While we're on the subject of General Motors vehicle recalls, a small number (48) of compressed natural gas versions of the 2011 Chevrolet Express are also being recalled for a potential risk of fire or explosion. Yikes. Both official recall notices are posted below.
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RECALL Subject : Loss of Engine Braking/FMVSS 102

Report Receipt Date: MAR 15, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V097000
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM , POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 26,582
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC

SUMMARY:
General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Buick LaCrosse vehicles, manufactured between April 25, 2012, through March 6, 2013, and model year 2013 Cadillac SRX vehicles, manufactured between May 29, 2012, through February 18, 2013 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." A software problem may cause the transmission to inadvertently shift to Sport mode removing any transmission-related engine braking effect.

CONSEQUENCE:
If engine braking is unexpectedly removed, it may increase the risk of a vehicle crash.

REMEDY:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the transmission control module free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on March 28, 2013. Cadillac owners may call 1-866-982-2339. Buick owners may call 1-866-694-6546.

NOTES:
General Motors' number for this recall is 13053. 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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RECALL Subject : CNG Pressure Relief Vent Pipe

Report Receipt Date: MAR 08, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V080000
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER
Potential Number of Units Affected: 48
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC

SUMMARY:
General Motors is recalling certain model year 2011 Chevrolet Express vehicles converted by Impco Automotive to run compressed natural gas (CNG), manufactured between November 23, 2010 and December 23, 2010 and equipped with a four tank configuration using a pressure relief device (PRD) and pressure relief vent pipe assembly . In the affected vehicles, the pressure relief vent pipe assembly may have been built incorrectly.

CONSEQUENCE:
If a pressure relief device activates with an improperly assembled vent pipe, compressed natural gas may be vented into the passenger compartment. If an ignition source is present, an explosion or fire may result.

REMEDY:
Impco Automotive, in cooperation with General Motors will inspect and make any necessary repairs on the pressure relief device and vent pipe assembly. The safety recall is expexted to begin by the end of March 2013. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300.

NOTES:
This is General Motors campaign number 13065. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      riserburn99andre
      • 2 Years Ago
      One ECU reflash later, doesn't seem like a bad thing that it is in a mode, at least you can stop and go
      Brian Peters
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not a big deal imo but why do you have to take it to the dealer? Should be able to connect to the internet via a wireless network or your mobile phone. download the update and apply? Why can't car makers make a smart car, or at least one as smart as a blackberry;)
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brian Peters
        Because then perhaps people wouldn't actually do their update. Perhaps one day it will exist but it's kind of ridiculous to expect wireless computer re flashes of vehicles at this point in time.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brian Peters
        Because money.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brian Peters
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      Tom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let the GM bashing begin. Because you know it will.
        Docstu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tom
        You should have said "Let the OM bashing begin." It is Obama Motors not General Motors anymore.
        hmech61
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tom
        and why not. gm=great mistake
        p60342
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tom
        Let me begin.... GM = Greedy Morons
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tom
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        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tom
        Aww poor GM getting bashed. Is there any manufacturer on this site that DOESN'T get bashed? This site has it's share of both fanboys of every brand as well as haters. The supports of any one brand will always make excuses for the recalls while the haters will condemn the brand and wish them out of business. Just how it works because that's the internet.
          Tom
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jtav2002
          True just seems like for the most part domestic car owners at least acknowledge that their domestic brand aint perfect. However alot of import fans are too blind to see that no car is perfect and feel that no matter what their car is best.
      Doug
      • 2 Years Ago
      government motors at it again!!! SRX is a Korean Design, built in Mexico, classic GM Junk!!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Doug
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          Doug
          • 2 Years Ago
          SRX....you dolt
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          p60342
          • 2 Years Ago
          ...with Chinese or Mexican parts??
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        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Doug
        So its built in Mexico. Big deal. That doesn't automatically make it junk.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Doug
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      erie_glass
      • 2 Years Ago
      My "transmission software" is my left foot and my right hand. Drive manual.
      kvja54
      • 2 Years Ago
      no surprises here....obama and his government motors strikes again...when will america wake up ?? obama,biden gm, lies...aren't you ashamed yet ??
        Doug
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kvja54
        Yes!! I bought a Ford because they are the only domestic that did not take a hand out!
          riserburn99andre
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Doug
          Well if you read up you would know that Ford got lucky and hawked everything before the meltdown on a low interest loan. Basically they did get a handout, and were extremely lucky in the timing. So yes you bought a vehicle with a company that took a handout.
        p60342
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kvja54
        we should move to Canada...
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      When they say 'the transmission could accidentally be shifted to Sport mode', are they talking about the manual shift gate?
      Farmboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      People saying "manual manual manual" in this article, just dumb trolls. SRX is not the kind of vehicle that needs a manual. It's a big crossover. A manual in that would look out of place.
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Farmboy
        The first-gen low riding RWD one would have been awesome with a manual (or V) variant.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          I can't say I completely disagree with this logic (see: X5 M).
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Farmboy
        Correct. Manuals are not needed in either vehicle.
      Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      Altho the article agrees with what is stated in the NHTSA, doesn\'t \'sport mode\' INCREASE engine braking? maybe this should read transmission shifting \'OUT OF\' sport mode
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brian
        There's no sport mode button in the LaCrosse brochure I have, so I'm not sure what they mean.
      huisj203
      • 2 Years Ago
      I too find it weird that sport mode would decrease engine braking. Wouldn't sport mode tend to keep the torque converter locked more for a more direct engine-to-wheels feel? Wouldn't that increase engine braking when you let off the gas pedal?
      pan2391
      • 2 Years Ago
      i can get the best gas meleage a car can deliver. the computer shows decent mpg. however, ihe actual readings when i fill up my tank is 2 to 3 mpg lower. this is important to me given he high price of gas.
      • 2 Years Ago
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