GM is expanding its defective axle cross pins recall 26,751 vehicles. Originally, only 1,262 vehicles had received a recall notice. The recall impacts certain 2011 Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Avalanche, Colorado, Silverado, Suburban, and Tahoe models as well as GMC Canyon, Sierra, and Yukon models.
While there have been no known accidents or deaths, General Motors has been clear about the risks associated with failing to deal with these defective axle cross pins:
“Should the pin shift out of position, it could create an interference condition and cause the rear axle to lock. The driver may not be able to maintain directional control of the vehicle and a crash could occur without warning.”
GM is contacting drivers affected by the recall, but you may also reach GM at 1-866-966-9463, contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236. Obviously, GM’s dealers will install a new rear axle cross pin free of charge. Will they hit you up for an oil change and a tire rotation while they have you there? Absolutely.