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Another Recall for GM

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On: Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 11:02AM | By: Karen Cook


Another Recall for GM

General Motors has yet another recall in the works which is set to begin by the end of the month. This one is quite a bit smaller than the slew of others currently on the books. Only 355 vehicles are covered, including Buick Regal, LaCrosse, Verano, and Enclave. Chevrolet Impala, Malibu, Cruze, and Traverse models are in the lineup along with the Acadia from GMC. All affected vehicles are from 2014s and have automatic transmissions.

The problem is that “the transmission cable adjuster may disengage from the transmission shift lever” according to the statement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Should a disengagement occur while the vehicle is being driven, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, the driver may be able to shift the lever to the ‘park’ position, but the vehicle transmission may not be in the ‘park’ gear position. There is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle roll away increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.”

I can’t help imagining the horror of coming into the parking lot and finding that not only is my car not where I parked it but it has damaged other vehicles or injured someone walking through the parking lot.

So far, there have been no accidents of this or any kind and no injuries associated with the problem. Owners of the 355 vehicles will be notified by mail if they are affected, but if you feel you may have one of these cars you may take it to the dealer anytime to have it inspected. GM will replace the faulty shift cable adjusters at no cost.

If you have question, the manufacturer can be reached at the following numbers:

Chevrolet – 1-800-222-1020

Buick – 1-800-521-7300

GMC – 1-800-462-8782


Report Receipt Date: FEB 21, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V092000
Component(s):
Potential Number of Units Affected: 355


Manufacturer: General Motors LLC

SUMMARY:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Buick Regal, LaCrosse, Verano, and Enclave, and Chevrolet Impala, Malibu, Cruze, and Traverse, and GMC Acadia vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions. In the affected vehicles, the transmission shift cable adjuster may disengage from the transmission shift lever. As such, these vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 102, "Transmission Shift Lever Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect." They also fail to conform to FMVSS number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."

CONSEQUENCE:
If a vehicle's shift cable disengages from the transmission shift lever, a driver may be unable to shift gear positions and the indicated shift position may not represent the gear position the vehicle is in. Should a disengagement occur while the vehicle is being driven, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, the driver may be able to shift the lever to the "PARK" position, but the vehicle transmission may not be in the "PARK" gear position. If the vehicle is not in the "PARK" position there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.

REMEDY:
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace any affected transmission shift cable adjusters, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late March 2014. Chevrolet owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-222-1020, Buick owners at 1-800-521-7300, and GMC owners at 1-800-462-8782. General Motors' number associated with this recall is 14048.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.




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