Genral Motors is recalling about 26,500 units of the 2013 Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac SRX due to a software problem. The said issue could cause the automatic transmission to shift out of manual mode.
Unexpected Shift from Manual to Automatic Mode
The said problem affects 24,752 Cadillac SRX and 1,861 Buick LaCrosse that were built between May 29 and February 18, and from April 25 to March 6 respectively.
It was reported that the affected vehicles have Driver Shift Control, a feature that allows the driver to shift on automatic transmission the same way as a manual transmission. In a report filed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the software problem may cause the transmission shift to unexpectedly shift from manual to automatic mode. As a result, it could remove any transmission-related engine braking, which could cause a crash.
In relation to this, GM said that manual mode can be re-engaged by moving the shift lever to Drive, and then back to manual mode.
The recall is expected to kick off on March 28, and owners will be notified by the automaker. The dealers, on the other hand, will reprogram the transmission control for free.