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Oops - Steering wheel may fall off of your 2013 Buick Encore - Recall Issued

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On: Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 11:26AM | By: Teddy Field

Oops - Steering wheel may fall off of your 2013 Buick Encore - Recall Issued

When automakers roll out a brand new model, a few hiccups are to be expected. But GM’s latest gas-sipping crossover seems to have developed a full blown case of colic. It seems that the steering wheel could just randomly fall off and, according to NHTSA, that could result in a crash.

The problem stems from an improperly installed steering wheel fastener, which can apparently work its way loose, causing the tiller to fall off. These fasteners were used only on models equipped the heated steering wheel option, and NHTSA says that the recall affects only 144 2013 Buick Encores built between December 9, 2012 - December 28, 2012. No accidents or injuries have been reported.

Introduced for the 2013 model year, the Buick Encore is a compact luxury crossover designed to attract a younger audience into the Buick fold. It’s powered by the same 138-hp 1.4L turbo-4 found in the Chevrolet Cruze. And while it’s not a ‘powerhouse’, the FWD version of the 2013 Buick Encore is capable of achieving a respectable 25 city/33 hwy/28 combined.

The tiny Urban Utility Vehicle also gets GM’s first application of Bose Active Noise Cancellation, which uses microphones to detect engine/road noise inside the cabin, then opposing sound waves are emitted from the seven Bose speakers. The result is a pint-size people hauler that’s quieter than a library on Christmas day.

Buick will begin notifying owners on April 12th, and their local Buick dealer will inspect and repair the steering wheel free of charge. Our thanks, Buick, for issuing the year’s most entertaining recall. Larry, Moe & Curly would be so proud.

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