GM truck recall does not affect MidEast

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General Motors (GM) said that all of the full-size trucks and vans recalled in the US due to a potential steering column defect were checked and repaired before they were shipped to dealers in the Middle East, a Dubai-based spokesperson told Arabian Business on Monday.

The US carmaker at the weekend announced it was recalling more than 69,000 full-size trucks and vans globally as a result of the possible defect. The vehicles may have been built with a fractured park lock cable or a malformed steering column lock actuator gear, and could roll away after the driver has exited the vehicle, according to documents filed with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

GM said most of the affected vehicles are believed to be still on dealer lots or in transit to dealers. It said it was not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the defect.

“There were 6,708 units identified with this potential defect were destined for the Middle East… However all vehicles have been inspected and repairs were undertaken before shipment,” a spokesperson from GM Middle East told Arabian Business.

Affected vehicles include certain 2013-model Cadillac Escalade, Escalade EXT and Escalade ESV SUVs; Chevrolet Express vans, Silverado and Avalanche pickup trucks, and Tahoe and Suburban SUVs; GMC Savanna vans, Sierra pickup trucks, and Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs, GM said.

If the steering column defect is present, a driver could shift from "park" while the key is removed from the ignition or the key is in the "off" position, GM said. The transmission also could be shifted out of "park" with application of the brake pedal while the key is in the "off" position, or the key may be rotated to the "off" position and removed while the shifter is not in "park."

GM said the steering column will be replaced if necessary at no cost to the vehicle owner. Letters are expected to be mailed to vehicle owners alerting them to the recall beginning on January 22.

* With Reuters

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