GM Hits Recall Pedal

GM is hitting the recall pedal hard these days. GM will recall approximately 6,700 2011 Chevrolet Colorado and 2011 GMC Canyon passenger vehicles after concerns of transmission shift lever sequence failure, starter interlock and transmission braking effect. Sounds like a manufacturing defect: NHTSA said that these vehicles may have been built with an automatic transmission adjustment clip that may not hold the shift cable in the right place.

One result is that the driver cannot restart the vehicle. No big deal in most cases but the vehicles in this recall may roll away as the people in the car are trying to exit the vehicle or have exited. Obviously, this increases the risk of the vehicle striking them or someone around the vehicle or resulting in a crash without prior warning.

GM is not done. It will also recall 700 model year 2011 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Silverado HD, Silverado Ld, Suburban, Tahoe, and GMC Sierra HD, Sierra Ld, Yukon, and Yukon Xl vehicles. These vehicles are subject to recall because the intermediate steering shaft attaching bolts may not have been tightened to the proper specification. This could allow the joints to separate, and the driver could experience loss of steering increasing the risk of a crash.

GM is going to fix all of these problems in July. Why July? I have no idea. But you can read more about these recalls here.

To rectify the defect, the GM dealers will inspect and ensure that the intermediate steering shaft bolts are tightened to the proper specification. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about July 13, 2011.