Monday, October 13, 2014

General Motors LLC Recalls Police Patrol Vehicles with Safety Defect

General Motors LLC (“GM”) has recalled 7,598 model year 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicles which were manufactured between March 24, 2011 and December 6, 2013.  

According to GM, the vehicles are equipped with a specific transmission selector lever that contains two pins.  These pins can become displaced and, if they do, the driver may be able to shift the vehicle from “Park” without depressing the brake pedal or remove the ignition key without the transmission being in “Park”.  GM admits that either of these malfunctions could cause an accident and/or increase the risk of injury to occupants and bystanders.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration ("NHTSA"), GM will notify vehicle owners directly, and its authorized dealers will replace the shift lever roll pin, replace the base pivot pin, and attach a break transmission shift interlock retention enhancement clip, all free of charge.  Owners may also contact Chevrolet direct at 1-800-222-1020. Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

The company has now reportedly recalled approximately 30,011,650 vehicles in North America this year, after promising to take react more quickly to problems in light of its failure to recall 2.6 million cars with an ignition switch problem for about 11 years.

To read more about the recall, and to read additional recall documentation, click here.

If your police department has a 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle, check to see if it is included in the recall and make sure to get it into a GM authorized dealer right away.  To find a dealer near you, click here.

Beth Wells
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