GM Recall Expanded, Includes More Than 26,000 SUVs
There are many factors that can turn a pleasant drive into an car accident. Distracted driving seems to be on the increase now that texting has mainstreamed, alcohol and drugs are often an issue, and a wealth of other potentially disastrous bits of minutia can send the scenery spinning around one. Some of these contributing factors are nigh invisible, like the gremlins referred to by the WWII fighter pilots.
These days, gremlins have been studied in detail. The auto industry regularly tests for potential safety issues with their parts. When one of these gremlins turns up, a recall is issued. Such was the case with GM at the end of December, when the company issued a recall for vehicles determined to have defective axle cross pins. Over 1,200 units including trucks and SUVs were recalled, a number that has suddenly skyrocketed. Zack Bowman, a blogger for AutoBlog, tells us a bit more about the axle pin flaw:
As with before, the vehicles were built with rear axle cross pins that may not have been heat treated. As a result, the pieces could fracture and move out of position. If this happens, the defect could actually cause the rear axle to lock up while driving. Needless to say, the problem could easily cause an accident.
That is, of course, what recalls are supposed to be for, preventing accidents that might be caused by a mechanical flaw. It is to GM’s credit that unlike some recalls, there have been no reported crashes or injuries leading up to it.
It looks like GM’s recall is expanding quite a bit. As mentioned, over 1,200 vehicles were included in the original recall from a few weeks ago. That number is now over 28,000 units, from 12 different lines. FortBendNow reports on which models were included:
Among the 28,013 vehicles included in the recall are the Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV 1500 and EXT 1500; the Chevrolet Avalanche, Colorado, Silverado 1500, Suburban 1500 and Tahoe; and the GMC Canyon, Sierra 1500, Yukon and Yukon XL 1500.
All the recalled vehicles are 2011 models.
If you or anyone you know have one of these vehicles, I would contact the company. It’s better to take some time and get the questionable pin replaced than to add to the potential for a crash.