While we were hoping that General Motors had recalled all of the vehicles with the defective ignitions, more recalls have now been issued. GM recalled 83,572 SUVs and trucks last month. The defective ignition can move out of the “start” position causing the vehicle to stall and the airbags not to deploy in the event of a crash. It’s more of the same old story from GM. The models involved this time are 2011-12 Chevrolet Silverado HDs, Silverado LDs, Suburbans, Tahoes, Avalanches; GMC Sierra LDs, Sierra HDs, Yukons, Yukon XLs; and Cadillac Escalades, along with ESV and EXT versions.
There also can be additional vehicles affected and those are 2007-14 vehicles repaired with defective parts. GM claims that fewer than 500 vehicles are expected to have that condition. GM, in a statement made to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said:
The ignition lock actuator may bind, making turning the key difficult or causing the ignition to get stuck in the ‘start’ position. 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. If the vehicle is in a crash, the air bags may not deploy, increasing the risk of occupant injury.
GM is notifying owners. Dealers will inspect and replace the ignition lock housing, as necessary, free of charge. The company claims to know of no crashes, injuries or fatalities associated with this issue. If this sounds familiar, it’s because that’s what we heard when GM’s ignition switch problems first surfaced.
GM is also recalling 152 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500s and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles manufactured during Nov. 24-25, 2014. The automaker said that “due to an improper heat-treatment, the rear axle shaft may crack while the vehicle is being driven.” It says if the rear axle shaft fractures, the rear wheel can separate from the axle shaft. Obviously, that would create the risk of a crash.
GM is also recalling 56 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD diesel vehicles and GMC Sierra HD diesel vehicles built in a three-week period ending Oct. 21 because the hose clamp that secures the fuel tank vent line may not have been properly tightened during assembly. GM said a loose hose clamp could allow the fuel tank vent line to detach, which may result in a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire. I look forward to an issue of the Report with no safety-related recalls from GM. Hopefully, that will come sooner than later.
Source: USA Today
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