Woop, Woop, That's the Sound of da Police Chevrolet Caprice Being Recalled

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Sorry for the KRS One reference, but it's too darn funny a situation to not bring the iconic hip hop anthem into the limelight of this safety campaign. The NHTSA is at it again, this time announcing a recall operation that covers a nudge over seven thousand Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicles.
As it happens, General Motors estimates that 7,598 examples of the police-spec Chevrolet Caprice are equipped with a faulty transmission selector lever. Documents published on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website inform that affected cars have a gear lever with two pins which can be displaced with negligible muscle power.

GM tells that even if one of these pins is replaced, the driver may be able to shift out of "park'' without even depressing the brake pedal. Furthermore, shifting is also possible without pressing the shift lever detent lock button. But wait, the comedy doesn't end here.

The American manufacturer notes that the driver may also experience difficulty removing the key from the ignition cylinder when the transmission is in "park". In addition to this niggle, pin displacement can also lead to the vehicle's "PRNDL" screen to display inaccurate transmission position information.

What we previously detailed about the gearbox shift interlock problem boils down to a non-compliant piece of kit that fails to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Standard No. 114. General Motors announced it will notify affected owners, with dealers instructed to replace the shift lever roll pin, base pivot pin and fit a better brake transmission shift interlock retention clip to 2011 - 2013 Chevrolet Caprice PPVs.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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