GM recalls 7,600 Chevrolet Caprice police vehicles
General Motors is recalling around 7,600 Chevrolet Caprice police vehicles due to an issue with the transmission. This is the 75th recall action that the American automaker has taken in this year alone, putting the total number of vehicles that the company has recalled in North America at well over 30 million.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted the recall on Tuesday, which covers certain 2011, 2012, and 2013 model year Caprices. The vehicles are police patrol cruisers that are equipped with a specific transmission selector lever that contains two pins which can potentially become displaced.
Should the pins become displaced, the driver may be able to shift the vehicle from “park” without depressing the brake pedal or remove the ignition key without the transmission being in “park,” which could result in the vehicles rolling away.
“Unintended motion may occur, increasing the risk of a crash,” NHTSA said in its summary of the problem. “Additionally, if the ignition key can be removed without the transmission being in ‘Park,’ the vehicle may roll away, increasing the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.”
This the second recall that General Motors has issued for certain Caprice models in the last three days, having previously recalled some versions of the 2011 and 2013 model years due to an issue with the ignition switch. Bumping the ignition key could potentially cause the switch to move from “on” to “accessory” which would disable the airbags.
This also marks the 7th recall that general Motors has issued since Thursday, bringing the total number of recalled vehicles in North America this year to a staggering 30,011,650. The automaker made a pledge to take quicker action to spot and tract to issues in its vehicles in the wake of its failure to recall 2.6 million cars that were plagued with ignition switch issues for about 11 years, and they’re certainly delivering on that promise.
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