The vehicles may have been built with a fractured park lock cable or a malformed steering column lock actuator gear in the lock module assembly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement.
As a result, the vehicle may shift from Park with the ignition key removed or the ignition key in the Off position. The vehicle may also shift out of Park without application of the brake pedal while the key is off. In either case, the vehicle may roll away after the driver has left the vehicle, resulting in a possible vehicle crash and/or injury.
Models involved are the 2013 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, and Escalade EXT; Chevrolet Avalanche, Express, Silverado HD, Silverado LD, Suburban, and Tahoe; and GMC Savana, Sierra HD, Sierra LD, Yukon, and Yukon XL. The vehicles were manufactured between November 7, 2012, through December 18, 2012.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and replace the steering column as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on January 17.
For more information, vehicle owners can call: Chevrolet, 800-630-2438; Cadillac, 866-982-2339; and GMC, 866-996-9463.
For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.