GM Recalls Truck Axles

Posted in January 17th, 2011
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Well, that didn’t take too long. General Motors has lost a few plumes off its new post-recovery crest this week, after being forced to recall thousands of full-size pickup trucks and SUVs due to a potential problem with the rear axle cross pin.

When the recall was first announced in December, the company thought the problem only affected 1,200 vehicles, but has been since forced to expand the recall by a factor of twenty. The over 26,000 trucks and SUVs now subject to the recall include various versions of the Cadillac Escalade, as well as the Chevy Colorado, Silverado, Suburban and Tahoe, and the GMC Sierra, Canyon, Yukon and Yukon XL.

The rear axle cross pin was found to have been incorrectly heat-treated during manufacture, giving it a chance of shattering into pieces under stress and causing the rear axle to lock up, leading to severe discomfort for passengers.