Small number of 2013 Buick Encore models recalled for loose steering wheelThu, 04 Apr 2013 08:43:00 ESTBuick Encore due to an issue that could result in the steering wheel falling off on certain models. In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, GM says that 144 Encores equipped with heated steering wheels could have been incorrectly retrofitted due to a parts shortage.
Needless to say, a loose or separated steering wheel would likely cause an accident if it happened while the vehicle was in motion. The recall doesn't go into effect until April 12, but concerned Encore owners can use the official recall notice (attached below) to contact GM.
RECALL Subject: Steering Wheel may Detach
Report Receipt Date: MAR 28, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V105000
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC
General Motors is recalling certain model year 2013 Buick Encore vehicles manufactured between December 9, 2012 and December 28, 2012, and equipped with a heated steering wheel. The steering wheel fastener may not have been properly installed. This could cause the steering wheel to come loose or separate from the steering column.
If the steering wheel separates from the steering column while driving, the ability to steer could be lost, increasing the risk of a crash.
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and make any necessary repairs on the steering wheel. These services will be provided at no charge to the customer. The safety recall is expected to begin by April 12, 2013. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300. This is General Motors campaign number 13098.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
By Jeffrey N. Ross
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