GM issues 76th recall of 2014

David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — General Motors Co. announced its 76th recall of 2014 on Tuesday, calling back 7,600 police vehicles because they could roll away when drivers thought they were in park.

It's GM's seventh recall in the last nine days.

The Detroit automaker said it is recalling 2011-13 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicles because they don't meet federal interlock rules.

The vehicles are equipped with a law enforcement-specific transmission selector lever and assembly that contains two pins that could become displaced.

"When one or more of these pins are displaced, the driver may be able to shift the transmission out of park without depressing the brake pedal, shift without pressing the shift lever detent lock button, and remove the ignition key from the key cylinder when the vehicle's transmission is not in park," GM said.

It also could make it more difficult to select a different gear.

GM said in March its Technical Assistance Center received a report that an unoccupied and idling 2012 Chevrolet Caprice Police Pursuit Vehicle inadvertently shifted out of park into reverse gear and collided with another vehicle, but there were no injuries.

In May, GM referred the incident to Australian unit GM Holden Ltd., the vehicle's designer and manufacturer, for further investigation.

GM dealers will replace the shift lever roll pin, replace the base pivot pin and attach a retention enhancement clip.

It's the second recall for the Caprice in recent days.

On Saturday, GM said it would recall nearly 47,000 cars in the United States because drivers may bump the ignition key with their knee and move the ignition key out of the "run" position.

The 2011-13 Chevrolet Caprice and 2008-09 Pontiac G8 are affected by those recalls.

GM said it is aware of one crash, no injuries and no fatalities in those vehicles. GM dealers will separate the keyless remote from the key blade and housing assembly.

The Detroit automaker has four small recalls that still haven't been made public — but all are expected to only cover a few thousand cars.

One of the recalls coming is for about 2,200 of its new midsize pickups, which just began arriving at dealerships, because of an air bag problem

GM said Friday it had ordered the stop-sale of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize trucks because they contain driver air bag connections that were wired incorrectly.

GM's record-setting 76 recalls cover 30 million vehicles worldwide this year, including 26.5 million in the United States.

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