The steering column area has been a source of trouble for General Motors' fullsize vans so far this year. Earlier this month, GM issued a recall that also included the company's fullsize trucks and SUVs, as well as the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana fullsize vans, in which the transmission gear selector could be moved out of park without depressing the brake, or without the key in the ignition.

That earlier recall involved a total of 55,000 vehicles. This latest one involves a much smaller number, and is limited specifically to the Express and Savana models.

Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans manufactured in late 2012 could have a faulty shift-interlock mechanism, which could allow the key to be removed from the ignition while the vehicle is running, or when the gear selector is not in park. This could result in an unintentional vehicle rollaway situation.

GM will notify owners, and the ignition lock cylinder and keys will be replaced at no charge. The recall campaign begins today, January 23, 2013. GMC owners can call 866-996-9463, and Chevrolet owners can call 800-630-2438. Owners can also call the NHTSA vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 980 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans manufactured from November 1, 2012 through December 21, 2012.

Source: NHTSA