General Motors announced three new recalls on the first day of 2015, the biggest of which is related to the ignition lock actuator in its full-size SUVs and pickup trucks from the 2011 and 2012 model years. GM said that the issue was discovered in an internal review following warranty parts returns.
The problem: an oversized ignition lock actuator can lead to the ignition key getting stuck in the “start” position. If the vehicle is driven that way and experiences a “significant jarring event”, then the ignition lock cylinder could move into the “accessory” position, affecting engine power, power steering, and power braking. In addition, the “timing of the key movement into the accessory position relative to crash sensing could result in the air bags not deploying in certain crashes,” company spokesperson Alan Alder said in a statement. GM knows of no crashes, injuries or fatalities related to the recall.
Affected vehicles: full-size SUVs and pickup trucks from the 2011 and 2012 model years, including:
- Chevrolet Silverado light duty and heavy duty
- Chevrolet Avalanche
- Chevrolet Tahoe
- Chevrolet Suburban
- GMC Sierra light duty and heavy duty
- GMC Yukon and Yukon XL
- Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT
Part of the recall are 2007-2014 model year vehicles that have been repaired with defective parts.
Number of affected vehicles: 83,572 SUVs and pickup trucks are part of the recall in the United States, and 9,000 in other countries. GM expects that less than 500 will be affected by the defect.
The fix: GM dealers will inspect and replace the ignition lock housing if needed. GM didn’t disclose a timetable for fixes.
Contacts: owners may contact the appropriate GM brand as follows:
- Chevrolet: 1-800-222-1020
- GMC: 1-800-462-8782
- Cadillac: 1-800-458-8006
Owners may also search GM recalls by entering their VIN number here.