The Los Angeles Times (3/20, White, 692K) reports, “General Motors is recalling 26,582 model year 2013 Cadillac SRX crossovers and Buick LaCrosse sedans to fix a software problem that could allow the vehicles' transmissions to slip suddenly from manual to automatic mode.” According to the Times, “Information posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website said that the software problem may cause the transmissions to inadvertently shift to sport mode, removing any transmission-related engine braking effect.” The Times notes that “GM said in a statement that the issue was discovered on a 2014 engineering development vehicle” and that company hasn't received any complaints or reports of crashes.
Also reporting on the recall are Cars (3/20, Geiger), Fox Business (3/20, Booton), WUSA-TV Washington (3/21, Foster), andWJBK-TV Detroit (3/21).
NHTSA posts recall of natural gas Chevrolet Express vans. The Los Angeles Times (3/20, White, 692K) also reports that “in a separate matter, NHTSA also posted a safety recall for 48 model year 2011 compressed natural gas versions of the Chevrolet Express full-size van. The recall was issued because an improperly built pressure release vent pipe could allow natural gas to vent into the passenger compartment, increasing the risks of an explosion or fire.”