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Possible Roll-Away Problem Prompts GM to Recall Large Vans

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Although GM announced record profits today, the Company plans to shut down several plants overseas in order to trim costs. Recalls also will cost GM this year, however, and The Wall Street Journal reported that the Company plans to recall “certain Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans from the 2013 model year” due to ignition lock systems problems that could cause the vans to roll away while unattended.

The recall affects an estimated 980 vehicles, including Express vans manufactured from November 1 through December 21, 2012, and GMC Savana vehicles manufactured November 14 through November 20, 2012. (WSJ, 1/18/2013)

The WallStreet Journal article noted that the interlocking mechanism between the ignition and transmission is a standard safety feature and its purpose is to prevent the ignition key from being removed when the engine is on and the car is not in park. It’s ironic that in the affected vehicles it may be possible to remove the key from the ignition when the engine is running and the car is not in park.

GM plans to notify owners of the nearly 1,000 vehicles and will arrange for GM dealers to replace the ignition lock cylinder and keys at no cost to the owners. The recall was set to begin January 23. For additional information about this recall, GMC owners can call toll-free 1/866-996-9463 and Chevrolet owners may call 1/800-630-2438.

For more information on automobile recalls, visit: http://www.nhtsa.gov