General Motors has expanded a recall of model year 2011 trucks and SUVs to almost 27,000 vehicles over axle cross pin concerns, the Detroit automaker said in a statement over the weekend.
The new recall, an extension of a December 2010 recall, affects “26,751 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Cadillac EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Colorado, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe; and GMC Canyon, Sierra, Yukon and Yukon XL” vehicles, GM said.
The pullback was announced due to worries that the GM rear axle cross pins "may have been improperly heat-treated and could fracture, causing the axle to lock while driving," GM said in a statement.
No crashes or injures due to the faulty axle cross pin have been reported, GM noted, but one driver has experienced rear axle power loss.
Should the pin break inside the rear axle, there would be a “banging noise” originating from the axle, which may lead to a rear axle lock resulting in the driver losing control of the car, GM said.
“Owners of the vehicles are being contacted and urged against driving the trucks until the axle pin is replaced,” according to a company statement.
Dealers will begin the recall and axle cross pin replacement on Jan. 25, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said.
Owners can call Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339, Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, GMC at 1-866-996-9463, or visit GM’s Owner Center at WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.