General Motors is again recalling (Holden) Australian-made Chevrolet police cruisers, this time to repair potentially faulty automatic transmission selector mechnaisms.

The affected cars are 7,598 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice vehicles manufactured from 24 March, 2011, to 6 December, 2013. The Police Patrol Vehicles (PPV) are equipped with a specific transmission selector lever that contains two pins that can become displaced. If the pins get displaced, the driver may be able to shift the vehicle from Park without depressing the brake pedal or remove the ignition key without the transmission being in Park. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards 102, Transmission Shift Position Sequence, Starter Interlock, And Transmission Braking Effect, and No. 114, Theft Protection And Rollaway Prevention.

If the transmission can be moved from Park without depressing the brake pedal, unintended motion may occur increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, if the ignition key can be removed without the transmission being in Park, the vehicle may roll away, increasing the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the shift lever roll pin, replace the base pivot pin and attach a brake transmission shift interlock retention enhancement clip, free of charge.

GM last week said it would recall 47,000 of the 2011-2013 Holden-built police cruisers and their publicly sold 2008-2009 Pontiac G8 variants to modify the ignition key so it can't accidentally be bumped out of position when driving.

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