WASHINGTON — General Motors is recalling 7,620 vehicles, including the 2016-'17 Buick Verano and 2016 Chevrolet Malibu sedans, for a rollaway risk, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"The electronic park lever may allow the ignition key to be removed without the transmission being in 'Park,'" said NHTSA in its recall summary. " If the key is removed without the transmission in 'Park,' the vehicle may roll away as occupants are exiting, increasing the risk of injury."
Other vehicles included in the recall are:
- 2013 Buick Encore
- 2011 Buick Regal
- 2013-'14 Buick Verano
- 2011-'16 Chevrolet Cruze
- 2010-'13 Chevrolet Equinox
- 2013-'15 Chevrolet Malibu
- 2011-'13 GMC Terrain
NHTSA said the aforementioned vehicles may have been serviced with similar defective replacement electronic park lock levers.
There are no reported field instances of key pullout or vehicle rollaway that were linked to the recall, GM told federal safety regulators.
The problem was discovered on May 27, 2016, when a GM assembly-line operator at the company's Orion Township, Michigan plant reported that two 2016 Verano sedans failed post-assembly quality inspections.
They failed the inspection because the operator could remove the key from the ignition with the vehicle's engine running and the vehicle's transmission not in "Park."
Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the key-cylinder lock housing. A date has not been set for the recall. Owners can contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300 and GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782.
Edmunds says: Parts are not currently available for this repair. Owners of these vehicles should stay in touch with their dealer for the most up-to-date information.