General Motors has issued a recall and a stop sale for the 2013 Buick Encore due to an issue that could result in the steering wheel falling off on certain models. In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, GM says that 144 Encores equipped with heated steering wheels could have been incorrectly retrofitted due to a parts shortage.

Needless to say, a loose or separated steering wheel would likely cause an accident if it happened while the vehicle was in motion. The recall doesn't go into effect until April 12, but concerned Encore owners can use the official recall notice (attached below) to contact GM.
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RECALL Subject: Steering Wheel may Detach
Report Receipt Date: MAR 28, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V105000
Component(s): STEERING
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC

SUMMARY:
General Motors is recalling certain model year 2013 Buick Encore vehicles manufactured between December 9, 2012 and December 28, 2012, and equipped with a heated steering wheel. The steering wheel fastener may not have been properly installed. This could cause the steering wheel to come loose or separate from the steering column.

CONSEQUENCE:
If the steering wheel separates from the steering column while driving, the ability to steer could be lost, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and make any necessary repairs on the steering wheel. These services will be provided at no charge to the customer. The safety recall is expected to begin by April 12, 2013. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300. This is General Motors campaign number 13098.

NOTES:
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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      Maria Sulikowski
      • 1 Year Ago
      If anyone bothered to read the stories associated with the recall, it was stated that GM discovered the issue before that there had not been any accidents or incidents with the vehicles that were retrofitted with the heated steering wheel. Sounds like they're on the ball. 'Nuff said.
      normc32
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just heated steering wheel versions.
      Jimmy d.
      • 4 Months Ago
      Leased 2013 Encore in May, 2013... immediately left on a 3,000 mile road trip. First 'small' car we've ever owned. All is fine so far, now at 10K, we have no complaints. Have had Buicks for years. Do miss the larger car, though.
        Jimmy d.
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Jimmy d.
        P.S. Our last car was a Lucerne, loaded to the gills!
      X8664
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, this car is HIDEOUS
      IBx27
      • 1 Year Ago
      When you build a car that looks like a hyundai, you get a car that feels like one too.
        Mario
        • 1 Year Ago
        @IBx27
        How is this car related to Hyundai? This car does not look like Hyundai at all? I think you need your eyes checked.
          joe23521
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mario
          Not to mention that Hyundais are pretty darn reliable. I really like the idea of this car. The small SUV segment here has a lot of potential. That said, having the steering wheel fall off a brand new model is not good.
      William
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is a nice looking vehicle.
      Rochester
      • 1 Year Ago
      Recall them all, and don't give them back.
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      $25,000 Chevy Spark with a spontaneously removable steering wheel.
      Gordon Chen
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm curious how many of these sold. Not sure why the haters got up voted and fans got down voted, but I think this is a neat car.
        Renaurd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Gordon Chen
        Haters love haters,........most of these people voting this car down are driving a 12 year old corolla, that is if they drive, many still have their training wheels.
      brandon
      • 1 Year Ago
      No, a gm car that has items randomly fall off of it......
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is inexcusable. Price you pay for luxury I suppose.
      Circ
      • 1 Year Ago
      So....one of the most important parts of the car falls off. What's next, "Small number of Buick Encore models lack engine."
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