June 27, 2014 at 6:19 pm

GM recalls 472,000 vehicles in 3 new campaigns

The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe is one of the GM vehicles affected by the automaker's latest recall. (John Roe / General Motors Co.)

Washington —General Motors Co. said late Friday it is issuing three new recall campaigns covering about 472,000 vehicles worldwide.

The latest recalls mean that GM has called back about 20.5 million vehicles worldwide this year including 18 million in the United States.

■The largest of the recalls announced Friday covers about 465,000 new SUVs and pickup trucks that could accidentally shift into neutral while driving — or roll away if the parking brake is not set in unattended vehicles. It affects some 2014-15 Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras; the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban; and the 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL.?

Dealers will recalibrate transfer-case control module software. GM said that in these vehicles, the transfer case may electronically switch to neutral without the shifter being moved. If this occurs while a vehicle is in motion, no power will go to the wheels. If the vehicle is parked, it may roll away if the parking brake is not set. GM is not aware of crashes or injuries related to the issue.

The recall covers 392,459 pickups and SUVs in the U.S. and 53,607 in Canada. An additional 20,874 were sold elsewhere.

■GM also is also recalling nearly 4,800 Chevrolet Caprice police cars and 2014 Chevrolet SS sport sedans in the United States for windshield wiper problems. If the motor gear teeth become stripped, the wipers may not operate. Dealers will inspect, and replace if necessary, the windshield wiper module assembly. GM is unaware of any crashes or injuries.

■The rear shock absorbers in 1,939 2014 model-year Chevrolet Corvettes in the U.S. with the FE1 or FE3 suspension may have insufficient welds that could lead to a fracture or reduce the shocks’ service life. Dealers will replace the shocks. Thirty-three additional vehicles were sold in Canada and another 82 were exported. GM is unaware of crashes or injuries.