General Motors has issued a recall for approximately 54,686 full-sized trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles built for the 2013 model-year due to a defective park lock cable.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a fractured park lock cable or malformed steering-column components could allow drivers to shift the vehicle from Park without the key in the ignition, or even just in the Off position. As such, this could cause the vehicle to roll away, and thus increasing the risk of injury or an accident.
The vehicles under suspicion were built between Nov. 7 through Dec. 18, 2012, and include the 2013 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT;Chevrolet Avalanche, Express, Silverado, Suburban and Tahoe; and GMC Savana, Sierra, Yukon and Yukon XL. Owners can check the build date of their vehicles via a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb.
GM will begin notifying owners starting Jan. 17, and affected owners will have to schedule an appointment with their local dealership, which will replace the faulty component free of charge. Owners with additional questions can contact Chevrolet at 800-630-2438, Cadillac at 866-982-2339 or GMC at 866-996-9463. Lastly, the NHTSA vehicle safety hotline, at 888-327-4236, is also open for contact.