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GM Recalls Thousands of Vehicles Due to Risk of Rolling Away

General Motors Corp. has announced that it is recalling nearly 69,000 SUVs, trucks, and vans because of an auto defect that could cause the vehicle to roll away while parked. An article in the Huffington Post indicates that the recall affects certain 2013 models of the Chevrolet Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, Avalanche and Express, as well as the GMC Sierra, Savana and Yukon, and the Cadillac Escalade.

The auto defect responsible for the recall is a faulty parking lock cable or a deformed steering column lock gear, which can cause the vehicles to be shifted out of park even if the ignition key is in the off position or the key is removed from the ignition.

According to GM, about one in 1,000 of the recalled vehicles has the problem and most of the recalled vehicles have not yet been sold to consumers. No auto accidents or injuries have been reported to date.

GM will notify owners of the recalled vehicles on January 22, 2013 that GM will replace the steering column if necessary.

GM isn’t the only auto manufacturer that has recently recalled vehicles due to the risk of vehicles rolling away. Just last month, Honda recalled more than 870,000 SUVs and minivans around the world, including more than 807,000 in the United States, due to defects that can cause the car to roll away even if the driver has removed the key from the ignition. The recall included 347,00 Honda Odyssey minivans and 277,000 Honda Pilot SUVs with model years of 2003 and 2004, as well as 247,000 Acura MDX SUVs with model years of 2003 through 2006. All vehicles affected by the recall have automatic transmissions.

According to a USA Today article, the Honda auto defect was caused by a defective key locking mechanism that has been known to wear out, causing drivers to be able to remove keys without shifting the car into park, thereby allowing the car to roll away even without a key in the ignition.

Auto defects are, unfortunately, all too common. Auto defects can result in auto accidents, serious injuries and damages, and deaths. For instance, auto defects can cause:


  • Automobile rollovers/stability defects

  • Inability to stop

  • Unintended acceleration

  • Tire blowouts

  • Roof collapse

  • Seat back collapse

  • Glass breakage

  • Airbag failure

  • Seatbelt failure

  • Door latch failure

  • Gasoline fire


The Chicago auto accident attorneys at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish are committed to protecting the rights of auto accident victims, including those who are injured as a result of an auto defect. If you have suffered injuries or damages as a result of a defective vehicle, do not hesitate to contact one of our skilled Chicago and product liability attorneys at (312) 782-1386 if you would like more information on recalled vehicles or auto defects.

 

Steinberg Goodman & Kalish  (www.sgklawyers.com) is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 or (312) 782-1386.