Washington: American automobile giant General Motors (GM) said it is recalling more than 68,000 new sports utility vehicles, pickups and vans that could roll away after being parked, a media report said.
GM would recall the 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 because they may not meet a federal requirement requiring transmission shift interlocks, Xinhua reported citing Detroit News.
The recall includes 54,686 vehicles in the US and 6,310 in Canada, 710 in Mexico and 7,038 trucks from oversees markets, primarily in the Middle East, GM spokesman Alan Adler was quoted as saying.
No crashes or injuries have been reported thus far.
GM said the vehicles may have been built with a fractured park lock cable and malformed steering column lock park in the lock module assembly.
The key may be rotated to the off position and removed while the shifter is not in the park position, and the vehicle could roll away after the driver has exited the vehicle, resulting in a possible crash without prior warning.
The transmission can also be shifted out of park without application of the brake pedal while the key is in the off position, the company said.
Most of the affected vehicles are believed to be still on dealer lots or in transit to dealers. The condition was discovered at GM's Arlington Assembly plant Dec 14. All of the recalled vehicles were built between November and December 2012.
First Published: Saturday, January 5, 2013, 14:00