Buick has announced that it will being recalling only 144 of its compact crossover, the Encore. While the amount of vehicles is small in comparison to other recent GM recalls, the issue is a big one…the steering wheel could potentially come loose, or worse, separate from the steering column while in motion.
This is due to the steering wheel fastener that may have not been installed properly. Luckily, it was caught before GM had produced thousands of vehicles. Currently, the Encore is being produced by GM Korea, and the affected vehicles in question were built between Dec 9 and Dec 28. In Europe, the same model is being sold as the Opel Mokka. No word if any of the Mokkas that were built will be affected by the recall.
Thus far, General Motors nor the NHTSA have received any reports of crashes and/or injuries as a result of this. Although 144 vehicles are being recalled, only 59 owners have been notified. The remaining 85 vehicles were inspected at Buick dealerships, and were found to be satisfactory.
If you have purchased a 2013 Buick Encore, and have not received the latest GM recall, you can contact your local Buick dealership and provide them with your VIN.