- General Motors is recalling 54,686 2013 vehicles, including the 2013 Cadillac Escalade and 2013 Chevrolet Suburban, because of two "scenarios" that may cause the vehicle to roll away, according to NHTSA.
- Other vehicles included in the recall are the 2013 Cadillac Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT; 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche, Express, Silverado HD, Silverado LD and Tahoe; and 2013 GMC Savana, Sierra HD, Sierra LD, Yukon and Yukon XL.
- GM dealers will replace the steering column on the affected vehicles.
WASHINGTON — General Motors is recalling 54,686 2013 vehicles, including the 2013 Cadillac Escalade and 2013 Chevrolet Suburban, because of two "scenarios" that may cause the vehicle to roll away, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"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," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "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."
GM said it knows of no crashes or injuries related to the defect. The automaker said about one in 1,000 of the recalled vehicles are expected to have the defect and the majority of those were believed to be on dealer lots or on their way to dealers.
The affected vehicles were built from November 7, 2012 through December 18, 2012. GM told federal safety regulators that the problem was identified at its Arlington, Texas Assembly Center on December 14, 2012.
GM dealers will replace the steering column on the affected vehicles.
The recall is expected to begin on January 17.
Owners can contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339 or GMC at 1-866-996-9463.
Edmunds says: GM is ready to address this problem quickly, with little wait for parts.