WASHINGTON — General Motors is recalling 83,572 trucks and SUVs, including the 2011-'12 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, to inspect and replace the ignition lock housing as needed, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"In the affected vehicles, the ignition lock actuator may bind, making turning the key difficult or causing the ignition to get stuck in the 'Start' position," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "If stuck in the 'Start' position, the ignition may suddenly snap back into the 'Accessory' position, causing a loss of engine, steering and braking power, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash."
In addition, the airbags may not deploy in a crash.
GM spokesman Alan Adler told Edmunds as of December 10, 2014, the automaker knows of no crashes, injuries or fatalities associated with the recall.
The problem was discovered through an internal review following warranty parts returns.
Fewer than 500 vehicles are expected to have the condition, GM said.
GM dealers will inspect and replace the ignition lock housing, as necessary. A date has not been set for the recall. Owners can contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006; Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles should stay in contact with their dealers on next steps.