Mon, Jan 17, 2011 - Page 10 News List

GM to expand recall of some SUVs and trucks

PRECAUTION:Pins in the rear axle had not been heat-treated properly, meaning they can fracture and cause the rear axle to lock up. No crashes have been reported

AP, NEW YORK

General Motors (GM) is expanding an earlier recall of some 2011 model-year trucks and SUVs to fix a problem that could cause the vehicles’ rear axles to lock.

The recall, originally announced last month, now covers 26,751 Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC trucks and SUVs. The models affected are: Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Cadillac EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Colorado, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe as well as GMC Canyon, Sierra, Yukon and Yukon XL.

REAR-AXLE CROSS PINS

GM said rear-axle cross pins, used to hold the axle in place, weren’t properly heat-treated and may not be durable. They can fracture, interfere with the axle and cause it to lock. The driver could then lose control of the vehicle.

One customer has reported a loss of power to the axle, GM says, but no crashes have been reported.

MAKING CONTACT

GM says owners of the vehicles are being contacted and urged against driving the trucks until the axle pin is replaced.

Last month’s recall for this same issue covered 1,262 trucks and SUVs. However, the company has since discovered that more vehicles were built with the faulty axle pin. In addition, the earlier recall didn’t include the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize trucks.

A GM spokesman said on Saturday that the company is confident all the faulty parts have now been discovered.

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