General Motors Corp. has announced a recall of 203,000 cars and trucks because of defects that could allow vehicles to start in gear and cause accelerators to stick and brakes to fail.
GM said it was not aware of any accidents or injuries resulting from the problems. The nation's No. 1 automaker said it will make repairs at no cost to owners.
GM said it was recalling about 127,000 compact cars from the 1983 model year equipped with two-liter engines and automatic transmissions; about 64,000 full-size 1988 pickups, and 12,000 rear-wheel-drive cars and light trucks from 1987 equipped with certain transmissions.
Owners have been notified by mail of the recall, said GM spokesman Dave Hudgens.
The 1983 cars -- Chevrolet Cavaliers, Buick Skyhawks, Oldsmobile Firenzas and Cadillac Cimarrons -- might have undergone corrosion of part of the vehicle emission control system that could result in the engine not returning to idle when the gas pedal is released, the company said in a statement.
The 1988 pickups -- Chevrolet C10/20 models and GMC C15/25 -- could lose their front brakes because of wear on the brake hoses from being rubbed by the wheel or tire during turns, the statement said.
In 1987 vehicles, part of the rear transmission linkage might have been improperly manufactured, possibly allowing the vehicle to be started with the transmission in gear, the automaker said.
Cars affected by that recall are the Chevrolet Caprice sedan and wagon, Monte Carlo and El Camino; Pontiac Parisienne sedan and wagon; Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser wagon and Cutlass Supreme; Buick Estate wagon and Regal; Cadillac Fleetwood and the GMC Caballero.