December of 2010 GM announced it would be recalling 1,262 trucks manufactured in the US. Now, in the first month of the New Year, the recall grew exponentially 26.8 thousand SUVs and pickup trucks, which includes the following models. Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Cadillac EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Colorado, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Canyon, Sierra, Yukon and Yukon XL due to a defect in rear axle cross pin that may have been improperly heat-treated. Because of this, the pin could fracture, causing the axle to lock while driving. The problem, as you might think, is quite serious.
The decision to recall vehicles was taken during an investigation initiated by the automaker after a complaint of one of the owners of the SUV. During the driving the driver lost control due to a locked rear axle. No crash resulted from the incident. In fact, says GM, no crash related to this fault has been reported.
As usual, the recalled trucks will be repaired by GM free of charge. Until the trucks are actually brought to the dealerships for repairs, GM urges their owners not to drive the respective trucks