General Motors and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a recall (Jan. 18) of certain 2013 Chevrolet Express and 2013 GMC Savana vans.
A total of 971 Chevrolet Express vehicles produced from Nov. 1 through Dec. 21, 2012 and just nine GMC Savana vehicles produced from Nov. 14 through Nov. 20, 2012 are involved in the recall.
The problem is with the ignition key assembly modules in the vehicles that, due to a manufacturing defect in the lock cylinders, can allow the ignition key to be removed from the vehicle when in any ignition position (including when it is running) and/or while the transmission is in any position other than the OFF position.
The result is that the vehicle could be stolen or may roll away with the unintended movement resulting in a crash that causes damage to property or injury to persons.
The defect was discovered by manufacturing plant employees while doing an inspection of vehicles in the yard awaiting shipment to dealers. GM Engineering was able to isolate the block codes of the defective assemblies found and determine which additional vehicles were involved.
GM will notify owners and dealers will replace the ignition lock cylinder assembly and the two associated keys at no charge to the owner.
The recall is slated to commence on Jan. 23, 2013.
Since this defect was identified so closely following the production of these vehicles, it is highly likely that most are still in transit to dealers or on dealer lots awaiting sale or delivery.
For more information, owners can call Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 or GMC at 1-888-327-4236.
The recall number reference is 12332.