GM recalls more than 69,000 pickups, vans and SUVs on steering flaw image

General Motors has announced it is recalling more than 69,000 full-size trucks and vans worldwide due to a potential steering column defect.

The automaker said on Friday the vehicles could roll away after being parked due to the flaw. According to documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vehicles may have a fractured park lock cable or a malformed steering column lock actuator gear that could cause them to roll away after the driver has exited the vehicle.

GM said the majority of the affected vehicles are likely to be still on dealer lots or on their way to dealers. The automaker added there haven’t been any crashes or injuries related to the defect. GM estimates that about one in 1,000 of the recalled vehicles have the defect.

Roughly 55,000 of the recalled vehicles are in the United States, 6,310 are in Canada, 670 in Mexico and 7,084 are exports. Among the affected vehicles are certain 2013 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade EXT and Escalade ESV SUVs, Chevrolet Express vans, Silverado and Avalanche pickup trucks, Tahoe and Suburban SUVs, GMC Savanna vans, Sierra pickup trucks and Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs.

The steering column will be replaced if necessary at no cost to the vehicle owner, GM said. Owners will receive letters alerting them to the recall beginning January 22.