GM Recalls More than 69,000 Vehicles That Could Roll Away

General Motors is recalling nearly 70,000 late-model SUVs, pickups and vans because of potential defective transmission interlocks that could let the vehicles roll away after being parked.

More than a dozen different 2013 models are involved in the recall, 54,686 of the vehicles sold in the U.S., 6,310 in Canada, with nearly 8,000 more delivered in Mexico and overseas markets that mostly include the Mideast. 

The vehicles may be equipped with a fractured park lock cable as well as a malformed steering column lock component. Under certain conditions this could allow a driver to inadvertently remove the vehicle's key even if the transmission was not shifted into the Park position.

The defect may also override the federally mandated transmission interlock allowing a motorist to accidentally shift from Park into another gear without having their foot on the brake. 

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"Either of these scenarios may cause the vehicle to roll away after the driver has exited the vehicle, resulting in a possible vehicle crash and/or injury," GM said in a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

A GM official says no crashes or injuries have been reported, however.  The defect was discovered by workers at the GM Arlington Assembly plant last month.

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