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GM Recalls 83,600 Trucks, SUVs for Faulty Ignition Switch

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Just when you thought GM’s messy ignition switch recall crisis was the story of 2014, we start off 2015 with another chapter of the ongoing saga. GM announced that through its internal investigation and technical analysis processes, it will institute another ignition-related recall to address concerns of sticking ignition locks in some of its large SUVs and pickups. There are also new recalls for possibly fracturing rear axles and leaking fuel tanks in certain full-size GM pickups. Meanwhile, Ford has issued recalls for the Escape and Lincoln MKC crossovers.

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2011-2012 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado HD, Silverado LD, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra LD, Sierra HD, Yukon, Yukon XL

2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum AWD© Provided by MotorTrend 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum AWD The Problem: An improperly sized ignition lock actuator can make it difficult to turn the key, which could become stuck in the “start” position. Through either a “jarring event” or a cool interior temperature, the ignition lock could move into the “accessory” position. The result is loss of engine power, power steering, and power braking, and deactivated airbag deployment.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect vehicles and if necessary replace the faulty ignition lock component at no cost to owners.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 83,572 2011-2012 General Motors large SUVs and pickups.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Rally Edition In White© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Rally Edition In White The Problem: Rear axle shafts in these vehicles may have been improperly heat-treated, resulting in possible fracture without warning. The rear wheel could potentially separate from the axle shaft.

The Fix: GM dealers will inspect rear axle shafts and replace faulty parts for free.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 152 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD

2015 GMC Sierra HD All Terrain Front Side View© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 GMC Sierra HD All Terrain Front Side View The Problem: Hose clamps for the fuel tank in these diesel-powered pickups may not have been properly tightened by assembly plant personnel, increasing the risk of a fuel leak and possible fire.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and if necessary tighten the fuel tank hose clamp in question, free of charge.

2014 Ford Escape and 2015 Lincoln MKC

2014 Ford Escape© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Ford Escape The Problem: Nickel plating on the fuel pumps of these crossovers may cause seizing fuel pumps, which could induce a vehicle stall or failure to start.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and if necessary replace the fuel delivery module.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 12,205 North American 2014 Ford Escape and 2015 Lincoln MKC vehicles (9,038 in the U.S., 3,074 in Canada, 93 in Mexico).

2015 Lincoln MKC

2015 Lincoln MKC Front View Around Curves© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Lincoln MKC Front View Around Curves The Problem: Because of the push-button ignition switch’s close proximity to other buttons on the center control stack, people are accidentally shutting off the engine while driving.

The Fix: Dealers will replace and reprogram gearshift and powertrain control modules, replacing a center console panel with a new panel that relocates the push-button start control.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 13,574 Lincoln MKC vehicles (11,144 in the U.S., 2,033 in Canada, and 397 in Mexico).

Source: NHTSA

2011 GMC Yukon XL© Provided by MotorTrend 2011 GMC Yukon XL
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