The NHTSA has issued recalls for the newest 2013 Buick LaCrosse and 2013 Cadillac SRX models due to a problem with the software for the transmission controller. The transmission could accidentally be shifted to Sport mode, which would reduce the amount of engine braking drivers experience. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says this could increase the risk of a crash. So, about 27,000 vehicles will be recalled for fixing this problem and updating software.
Also a small number (48) of compressed natural gas versions of the 2011 Chevrolet Express are also being recalled for a potential risk of fire or explosion.
RECALL Subject : Loss of Engine Braking/FMVSS 102
Report Receipt Date: MAR 15, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V097000
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM , POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 26,582
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC
General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Buick LaCrosse vehicles, manufactured between April 25, 2012, through March 6, 2013, and model year 2013 Cadillac SRX vehicles, manufactured between May 29, 2012, through February 18, 2013 for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 102, “Transmission Shift Lever Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect.” A software problem may cause the transmission to inadvertently shift to Sport mode removing any transmission-related engine braking effect.
If engine braking is unexpectedly removed, it may increase the risk of a vehicle crash.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the transmission control module free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on March 28, 2013. Cadillac owners may call 1-866-982-2339. Buick owners may call 1-866-694-6546.
General Motors’ number for this recall is 13053. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to www.safercar.gov.