GM to Replace Keys on Select Silverado, Sierra Pickups

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GM has issued a safety bulletin regarding 2014 and 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks in order to prevent the possibility of the key being switched out of the "run" position when bumped by the transmission column.

According to our sister site, quite a few details have to fall in line, such as the steering wheel must be positioned at its highest point, the brakes need to be hit and the column shifter needs to be moved between gears (presumably when stopped) in order for the column to knock the key out of position. GM's 2014 and 2015 Suburban, Tahoe, Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs are affected as well.

For owners who experience the issue, dealers will replace the key with a smaller design that won't bump the shifter. This issue is not related to any of the other ignition design issues that have caused recalls of many vehicles this year.

To read the official NHTSA consumer advisory, click here photos by Mark Williams; Mike Hanley


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Oh looks like it's a conspiracy agains GM again. Cue the "This site is so pro Ford....."

So in other words, it is very unlikely to switch to the run position unless a bunch of very unlikely circumstances happen at the same time. Getting kind of ridiculous. All keys are going to be recalled at some point because of fear that somebody might bump the key. I see why some automakers are using push button starts. But, correct me if I'm wrong, doesn't the Tahoe and Suburban already use push button starts?

Not very unlikely.

I always have the wheel at the highest point. - Check

I always touch the brake pad when moving gears. - Check, Check.

Yeah this isn't really all that unlikely. Regardless, as someone in the manufacturing industry, these things happen. You think you test all the scenarios, and a new one pops up in a manner you didn't think of. the most important thing is to be proactive and fix your mistakes.

How can something like this get by quality inspectors after a ignition issue that still haunt GM!

Do like my Ram and put the key in the lower dash. Much better than in the column.

I also heard they are recalling the windshield wipers because if you lick the window while someone turns them on you could get hurt....

Umm, yes, the 2015 Tahoe and Yukons don't even have a key that goes into the ignition, they're keyless! Great job, once again.

Ford wanted this story posted about the Tahoe/Yukon in order to cause fear in buyers and hopefully steer them over to their Expeditions. Rolling eyes. Seriously though, you would think Mark knows that the 2015's don't have a keyed ignition, right?

I'm not really worried about it, I'll just take the Rolls when the Silverado goes in for new keys.

Careful now, they are only replacing them for those that run into the issue. Its a customer satisfaction program and not a recall or anything like that. IF you have the issue, you can get the new key design.

Go to push button start! Can't accidentally knock the key off if there is no key!

This makes the need to offer push button start even more relevant! Why on earth don't they have this feature in their trucks! Ford and RAM do?

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