General Motors is recalling about 3,300 late-model pickups and SUVs to fix an ignition switch that can slip out of the run position and cause the engine to stall, a problem that mirrors the deadly defect that led GM last year to recall 2.6 million small cars.
In a statement, GM said it is aware of five unintended shutoffs but no injuries or fatalities related to the latest problem, which affects some 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra light-duty pickups and some 2015 heavy-duty pickups, along with 2015 Suburban and Tahoe SUVs.
GM said some of the trucks have an ignition lock actuator gear with an outer diameter that is larger than specifications, which can make it more difficult to turn the ignition key. The key can get stuck in the “start” position, a problem that is more likely to occur with warmer interior temperatures, GM said.
A “significant jarring event,” or a cooling of the cabin, could cause the lock cylinder to move out of “start,” rotate past the “run” position and into the “accessory” position, GM said. That would cut power steering and brakes and deactivate the airbag in certain crashes.
Dealers will replace the ignition lock housing, GM said.
Kia is recalling 377,000 Sorento SUVs because of a transmission glitch that can cause the crossover to roll while parked.
The recall covers the 2011-13 model years, the Korean automaker said in a filing to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Kia said the crossover can roll unexpectedly if the gearshift lever is pressed with too much force, causing the break-shift interlock to chip or crack. That, in turn, can cause the transmission to shift out of park, even if the brakes are not pressed.
The defect has resulted in three injuries, 54 warranty claims and 14 customer complaints, Kia said.
Kia’s regulatory team began investigating in August after it was sent a copy of a letter from an attorney alleging his client’s son climbed into a 2011 Sorrento and shifted the crossover out of park, despite not pressing the brakes or putting a key in the ignition.
The “vehicle began to roll in a parking lot,” according to a document filed with NHTSA. “The father stepped in front of car and the son got out and joined him. Son was between Sorento and stopped vehicle and allegedly suffered a fractured leg.”
Kia will begin issuing recall notices Nov. 24. Dealerships will replace the defective brake-shift interlock with new parts at no cost to owners, Kia said.