General Motors is recalling about 15,000 2009 Chevrolet Traverse SUVS in order to correct a parking brake defect that could lead to what the automaker calls "unintended vehicle movement."
In a defect notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, GM explains, "These vehicles may have a park brake cable link (connector) that is not to specification. The connector may fracture when the park brake cable is depressed." According to GM's filing, "If the transmission shift lever is in the park position, there will be no unintended vehicle movement. However, if the keys are left in the ignition, the transmission shift lever is in any position other than park, and the vehicle is parked on a sufficient slop, it could result in unintended vehicle movement," which "could result in a crash without prior warning."
Chevrolet dealers will replace the connector at no charge to owners. Dealers will begin contacting owners in June, but those who wish to make their own repair arrangements may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438.
The Traverse is assembled alongside several other GM SUVS that share many of the same mechanical components, but so far, the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, and Saturn Outlook have not been recalled over this issue.
Traverse owners, however, may be getting used to mail from GM. Edmunds Inside Line points out, "This is the third recall for the Traverse since last November. Earlier recalls dealt with a faulty transmission gear shifter and a defective rear seatbelt.