A total of 26,582 2013 model-year Buick LaCrosse sedans and Cadillac SRX crossovers are being recalled due to a problem with their transmissions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The NHTSA says that the transmissions ail from a software problem that could cause the vehicle to shift into sport mode, which removes any transmission-related braking effect. In doing so, the NHTSA says that the fault increases the risk of a crash.
The affected LaCrosse models were manufactured between April 25, 2012 through March 6, 2013, while the SRX models were built between May 29, 2012 and February 18, 2013. Owners can simply check their vehicle’s build date via the sticker located on the driver-side doorjamb to see if it is part of the recall.
General Motors will start notifying owners starting March 28, and dealers will reprogram the transmission control module for free. Those seeking more information can call Buick at 866-694-6546, Cadillac at 866-982-2339 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.