General Motors hasn’t gotten over the ignition switch issue and had to announce yet another recall, because of the ignition lock actuator which may bind.
The newest recall announced by General Motors is affecting the Cadillac Escalade, the Escalade ESV, the Escalade EXT, the Chevrolet Avalanche, the GMC Sierra LD, the Sierra HD, the Yukon, Yukon XL, Chevrolet Silverado HD, Silverado LD, Suburban and Tahoe. In these models, the ignition switch lock actuator may bind and this will make turning the key difficult and even cause the ignition to get stuck in the Start position.
“If stuck in the “Start” position, the ignition may suddenly snap back into the “Accessory” position, causing a loss of engine, steering, and braking power, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. If the vehicle is in a crash, the air bags may not deploy, increasing the risk of occupant injury”, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the Consequence of the problem.
The affected SUVs are from the 2011 and 2012 model year and owners of these will be notified by General Motors. The company’s dealers will be inspecting the vehicles and replace the ignition lock housing, as necessary, free of charge. The recall should begin soon but a notification schedule hasn’t been provided yet. Owners of the above mentioned models can contact GMC at 1 800 462 8782, Chevrolet at 1 800 222 1020, Cadillac at 1 800 458 8006 or the NHTSA hotline at 1 888 327 4236.