Recall: GM trucks & SUVs (2014/2015)

General Motors is recalling about 3,300 trucks and SUVs in North America.

Vehicles affected:
2014 Chevrolet Silverado
2014 GMC Sierra
2015 Chevrolet Suburban
2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
2015-model heavy-duty pick ups

The problem:
The keys can get stuck in the starting position, and then slip to “accessory” if it is bumped. The ignition lock gears have an outer diameter that is larger than the specifications allow, which then shuts the engine off, and the driver will lose assistance to the steering and the brakes. The airbags may also be affected.

Vehicles will get a new ignition-lock housing to fix the problem.

According to GM, there has been five reports of the fault were discovered, and no cases of injuries or incidents. The problem was discovered by a GM employee.

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GM Statement

General Motors is recalling 3,073 full-size trucks from the 2014 and 2015 model years in the U.S. Some of these vehicles may have an ignition lock actuator gear with an outer diameter that exceeds specifications, which may make turning the ignition key difficult. The ignition key could get stuck in the “start” position. This may be more likely at higher interior ambient temperatures. If the vehicle is driven with the key stuck in the “start” position, and the vehicle experiences a significant jarring event or the vehicle’s interior temperature cools, the ignition lock cylinder could move out of the “start” position, rotate past the “run” position, and move into the “accessory” position, leading to loss of power steering assist, power brakes and potentially air bag deployment in certain crashes. Dealers will replace the ignition lock housing.

The affected vehicles are the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado LD, and GMC Sierra LD models and 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD, Suburban, Tahoe, and 2015 GMC Sierra HD. GM is aware of five shutoffs but no crashes, injuries or fatalities related to this condition. Including Canada, Mexico and exports, the total recall population is 3,296.

Transport Canada Recall # 2015458

Recall Date 2015/10/08
Notification Type Safety Mfr
System Electrical
Manufacturer Recall Number 15573
Units Affected The number of vehicles or components affected by the recall. 138
Category Light Truck & Van
Recall Details

On certain vehicles, a defect in the ignition lock actuator may make turning the ignition key difficult or cause the key to get stuck in the “start” position. This may be more likely to occur at higher interior ambient temperatures. If the vehicle is driven with the key stuck in the “start” position, and the vehicle experiences a significant jarring event or the vehicle’s interior temperature cools, the ignition key could move out of the “start” position, rotate past the “run” position, and move into the “accessory” position, causing the engine to shut off. This would result in a loss of motive power and affect power steering and power brake system function, which could increase the risk of a crash causing injury and/or damage to property. The timing of the key movement out of the “run” position, relative to the activation of the sensing algorithm in a crash event, may also result in the airbags not deploying in a subsequent collision, increasing the risk of injury.

Correction: Dealers will replace the ignition lock housing.

Make Model Model Year(s) Affected
CHEVROLET SILVERADO 2014 2015
GMC SIERRA 2014 2015


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