2013 Buick Encore Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Carbon Black Metallic, Dark Argent Metallic Lower Accent Color
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$10,245 - $15,576
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
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MPG (up to)
23 City / 30 HWY
Horsepower
138
Seats
5

How 2013 Buick Encore Ranks In Its Class

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.3 Overall Score
Performance 3.5Comfort 3.3Styling 3.2Value 3.3

What's New

Armed with an attractive package that Buick believes will appeal to a wide range of both the young and younger-thinking mature buyers, the Encore provides the automaker with a more than competitive entry in the hot-and-growing compact crossover SUV arena.

Buick Encore Models & Trims

chevronDown icon Base $10,245 - $12,342
Horsepower: 138 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 7.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Convenience $11,310 - $13,633
Horsepower: 138 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 7.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Leather $12,044 - $14,543
Horsepower: 138 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 7.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Premium $12,875 - $15,576
Horsepower: 138 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 7.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

4.24
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My vehicle has great space for my family, is reliable. It has great gas mileage.

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I have had the car for 3 yrs now and the only problem is the accelerator which is covered under warranty. That problem just started a few months ago. The dealership didn't hesitate to fix if. It drives smooth. I feel very safe in the car. It has airbags in every corner even in the drivers seats. It is a small SUV for people who have a small family and a spacious trunk so hold all my groceries or luggage. Great gas mileage. If is all wheel drive so very controlled when the road is wet from rain or snow. Which really helps because people do not like to drive in the snow. It has a CD changer included. Now of days people do not listen to many CD's but it's great it comes with one. It also has a reverse camera screen in the front. That is the best feature of all I feel because it sees 180 degrees. So even if you cannot see behind you the camera can. There are a few blind spots in the back where you may not be able to see people walking or a car parked. Or even if the car next to you is parked out too far and the only way you can see is by backing up blind. But with the camera you can see all around. I trust the reverse camera very much. The car also comes with Bluetooth which I love as well. It is convenient for hands free talking on the phone. Plus it works with YouTube and Pandora for more music options. All in all I love the car.

Brittany M
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Off to a great start This is such a great car it has a lot of style yet compact.

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I love my car, very dependable and I drive an hour there and an our back 3 days a week for an 12 hour day. Of course I keep up on all maintenance and repairs hoping to make it last as long as I can and will probably invest in another one also. In the winter it has always held up pretty well it makes it through all the sleet and snow and I live by the lake so we get dumped on frequently. As far as comfort it's an easy drive with many extra heated seats all wheel drive and sky window. Cruise control, all controls are close to fingertips. I can cart many things with the lay down seats but yet easy enough to accommodate 2 baby car seats for the grandkids. Or enough room for 4 adults. A few extra light up on the front board will give you a hint as to what may be going on like low pressure in your tires has happened to me before and I was able to get to a gas station to fix that problem. I feel it has a smooth ride, and the gas mileage is not real bad but I do drive an awful lot, and gas prices is not cheap. As far as problem s go I really have not had to many to even complain about it has got me every place I needed to be so all and all I am very pleased and it will be my next car also... Thank you.

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Beautiful vehicle - probably not worth the price in the long run

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I love my vehicle and the comfort and luxury that it offers. I love the way that it drives. It's easy to drive in unpredictable traffic and it parks like a dream. The downfall is after 3 years small things in it began to either wear away or fall apart. The AC doesn't work despite the compressor already being replaced, the chrome accents on the interior are flaking away and the radio volume knob is melting.

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$10,245 - $12,342
$11,310 - $13,633

Horsepower

Horsepower
138 (hp)
138 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Engine Type

Engine Type
ECOTEC Turbo 1.4L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4, ECOTEC TURBO 1.4L VARIABLE VALVE TIMING DOHC 4
ECOTEC Turbo 1.4L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4, ECOTEC TURBO 1.4L VARIABLE VALVE TIMING DOHC 4
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Not Available
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Alarm

Alarm
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Standard
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Universal Garage Door Opener

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Power Windows

Power Windows
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Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
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Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
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Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
40.8 (in.)
40.8 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.6 (in.)
39.6 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35.7 (in.)
35.7 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38.8 (in.)
38.8 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
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AUX Input

AUX Input
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CD Player

CD Player
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Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
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Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P215/55R18
P215/55R18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
100.6 (in.)
100.6 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
36.7 (ft.)
36.7 (ft.)

Length

Length
168.4 (in.)
168.4 (in.)

Width

Width
69.9 (in.)
69.9 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3309 (.lbs)
3190 - 3309 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
138 (hp)
138 (hp)

Torque

Torque
148 (ft. lbs.)
148 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
- TBD - (.lbs)
- TBD - (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
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4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
14 (gal.)
14 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
27 (mpg)
28 (mpg)

City

City
23 (mpg)
24 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
30 (mpg)
32 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag
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Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Standard
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Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
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Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

Overall
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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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Roof Strength
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Driver-side Overlap Front
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Good
A
Acceptable
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Marginal
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Poor

Safety Features

  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
  • StabiliTrak, stability control system
  • Daytime Running Lamps, reduced intensity low beam
  • Air bags, frontal and knee for driver and front passenger, side-impact seat-mounted and roof rail for front and rear outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
  • Air bag, Passenger Sensing System, sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child presence detector
  • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and front passenger height-adjustable with load limiters
  • Safety belts, 3-point rear, all seating positions
  • Restraint provisions, child, Isofix 2 point only, point/latch includes 3 top tether points
  • OnStar, 6 months of Directions and Connections plan includes, Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist, First Assist, Injury Severity Predictor, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Slowdown, Remote Ignition Block, Remote Door Unlock, Roadside Assistance, Remote Horn and Lights, Turn-by-Turn Navigation with OnStar eNav, Destination Download (requires navigation radio), OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands Free Calling and available OnStar RemoteLink mobile app. (Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.) *
  • Automatic Crash Response *
  • Stolen Vehicle Assistance *
  • OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation *
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Door locks, child security, rear, electrical
  • Tire Pressure Monitor, manual learn
  • Horn, dual note tone
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Front and Rear Park Assist, Ultrasonic
  • Lane Departure Warning

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

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Safety Recalls (6)

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Electrical System , Power Train Jul 5, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
Jul 5, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V502000
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Buick Verano and 2016 Chevrolet Malibu as the electronic park lock lever may allow the ignition key to be removed without the transmission being in PARK. Also, certain 2013 Buick Encore, 2011 Buick Regal, 2013-2014 Buick Verano, 2011-2016 Chevrolet Cruze, 2010-2013 Chevrolet Equinox 2013-2015 Chevrolet Malibu, and 2011-2013 GMC Terrain vehicles may have been serviced with similar defective replacement electronic park lock levers. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
Consequence:
If the key is removed without the transmission in PARK, the vehicle may rollaway as occupants are exiting, increasing the risk of injury.
Remedy:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and if necessary replace the key cylinder lock housing, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, Buiick 1-800-521-7300, and GMC 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 50490 and 50491.
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Recall Aug 8, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Aug 8, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V488000
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Buick Encore vehicles manufactured August 23, 2012, to March 1, 2013, and model year 2013 Cadillac ATS vehicles manufactured April 23, 2012, to May 1, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the driver and passenger lap belt pretensioner cables may not lock in a retracted position, allowing the seat belts to extend when pulled upon.
Consequence:
If the seat belts do not remain locked in the retracted position when under load, the seat occupant may not be adequately restrained in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Remedy:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace both front the driver's and the passenger's lap belt pretensioners, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. GM will send an interim notification in early October 2014 and will send a second notification when remedy parts are available. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, or Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14171.
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Equipment Jul 2, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Jul 2, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V417000
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Buick Encore all-wheel-drive vehicles manufactured August 23, 2012, to September 9, 2013; Verano vehicles manufactured August 8, 2012, to June 20, 2013; Chevrolet Cruze vehicles manufactured August 7, 2012, to August 16, 2013, and 2012-2014 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured May 10, 2011, to August 16, 2012 equipped with a Calix oil pan/block heater. In cold temperatures, the insulation on the engine block heater cord can become damaged, allowing the wires to be exposed.
Consequence:
Exposed wires increase the risk of electrical shock and personal injury if the cord is handled while it is plugged in.
Remedy:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the engine oil pan/block heater cord with a new cord that is rated for temperatures of minus 40 degree Celsius. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300 or Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14257.
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Seats Jul 23, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Jul 23, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V446000
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Buick Encore and Cadillac ATS; 2014 Cadillac CTS, ELR, Chevrolet Caprice and SS vehicles; and 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Trucks. Due to an incomplete weld on the seat hook bracket assembly, the front seats in the affected vehicles may not stay secured in place during a high load condition such as a crash.
Consequence:
A seat that does not stay secured increases the risk of occupant injury in a vehicle crash.
Remedy:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat hook bracket assembly weld and replace the lower seat track, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on August 15, 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14340.
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Recall Jun 6, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Jun 6, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V298000
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Buick Encore vehicles manufactured April 10, 2013, to May 8, 2013, and Chevrolet Spark vehicles manufactured December 30, 2012, to March 1, 2013. In the affected vehicles, an improper weld on the passenger side front air bag inflator may result in the air bag not deploying.
Consequence:
If the air bag does not to deploy in the event of a crash, there is an increased risk of injury to the front passenger.
Remedy:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger side front air bag, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick) or 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet). GM's number for this recall is 14211.
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Steering Mar 28, 2013
Report Receipt Date:
Mar 28, 2013
NHTSA Campaign:
13V105000
Summary:
General Motors is recalling certain model year 2013 Buick Encore vehicles manufactured between December 9, 2012 and December 28, 2012, and equipped with a heated steering wheel. The steering wheel fastener may not have been properly installed. This could cause the steering wheel to come loose or separate from the steering column.
Consequence:
If the steering wheel separates from the steering column while driving, the ability to steer could be lost, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and make any necessary repairs on the steering wheel. These services will be provided at no charge to the customer. The safety recall began on May 21, 2013. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300. This is General Motors campaign number 13098.

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