GM recalls fullsize truck, SUVs and vans over faulty shifter mechanism

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Report Date: January 5, 2013 at 12:22 PM NHTSA Campaign ID number: 13V001000
Vehicle Model Year(s) Make / Model: 2013 CADILLAC ESCALADE, 2013
CADILLAC ESCALADE ESV, 2013 CADILLAC ESCALADE EXT, 2013 CHEVROLET AVALANCHE, 2013 CHEVROLET EXPRESS, 2013 CHEVROLET SILVERADO, 2013 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN, 2013 CHEVROLET TAHOE, 2013 GMC SAVANA, 2013 GMC SIERRA, 2013 GMC YUKON, 2013 GMC YUKON XL Manufacturer: General Motors LLC Report Receipt Date: JAN 02, 2013 Component: STEERING: COLUMN LOCKING:ANTI-THEFT DEVICE Potential Number of Units Affected: 54,686
Summary: General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, and Escalade EXT; Chevrolet Avalanche, Express, Silverado HD, Silverado LD, Suburban, and Tahoe; and GMC Savana, Sierra HD, Sierra LD, Yukon, and Yukon XL vehicles, manufactured between November 7, 2012, through December 18, 2012, 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", and FMVSS No. 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention." 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.
Consequence: 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.
Remedy: GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and replace the steering column as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on January 17, 2013. Chevrolet owners may call 1-800-630-2438. Cadillac owners may call 1-866-982-2339. GMC owners may call 1-866-996-9463.
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