Within a few days, General Motors has announced ten new recalls covering close to eight million vehicles in the U.S. alone.
The largest recall of the ten is for 6.8 million vehicles in the U.S. (7,610,862 vehicles in North America) for ignition switches that can rotate out of the run position. GM says this is problem with how the key is designed and not the switch itself.
- 1997 - 2005 Chevrolet Malibu
- 1998 - 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue
- 1999 - 2004 Oldsmobile Alero
- 1999 - 2005 Pontiac Grand Am
- 2000 - 2005 Chevrolet Impala
- 2000 - 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
- 2004 - 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix
Another group of vehicles, totaling 616,179 of these vehicles are in North America (554,328 vehicles in the U.S.), are being called in due to problems with their ignition switch as well. In this case, the ignition switch can be turned from the run position if the driver bumps the key fob.
- 2004 - 2006 Cadillac SRX
- 2013 - 2014 Cadillac CTS
466,940 full-size trucks and SUVs equipped with four-wheel drive have a problem with the transfer case where the vehicle can electronically shift into neutral without input from the driver. This is due to a faulty control module.
- 2014 - 2015 Chevrolet Silverado
- 2014 - 2015 GMC Sierra
- 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
- 2015 Chevrolet Suburban
- 2015 GMC Yukon
- 2015 GMC Yukon XL
188,705 SUVs have "a possible electrical short in the driver's door module that could disable the power door lock and window switches and, in rare cases, overheat the module."
- 2005 - 2007 Buick Ranier
- 2005 - 2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
- 2005 - 2007 GMC Envoy
- 2005 - 2007 Isuzu Ascender
- 2005 - 2007 Saab 9-7X
- 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT
- 2006 GMC Envoy XL
33,085 compact sedans have a incorrect part in the driver's side front airbag inflator which can cause the inflator rupture and not inflate properly in the event of a crash. An added problem is that shrapnel can fly out and hit the driver.
- 2013 - 2014 Chevrolet Cruze
20,134 vehicles equipped with a engine block heater may have damaged insulation on the cord, creating a fire hazard.
- 2011 - 2014 Chevrolet Cruze
- 2012 - 2014 Chevrolet Sonic
- 2013 - 2014 Chevrolet Trax
- 2013 - 2014 Buick Encore
- 2013 - 2014 Buick Verano
12,002 HD Trucks equipped with an auxiliary battery have a problem where an electrical overload in the feed may cause the underhood fusible link to melt, causing smoke and possibly a fire.
- 2007 - 2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD
- 2007 - 2011 GMC Sierra HD
4,794 rear-drive sedans are being called in due to gears stripping in the windshield wiper motor, causing the wipers not to operate.
- 2013 - 2014 Chevrolet Caprice PPV
- 2014 Chevrolet SS
2,064 Corvettes equipped with the FE1 or FE3 suspension have "a possible insufficient weld in the rear shocks that could lead to a fracture and/or reduce the shocks’ service life."
- 2014 Corvette Stingray
Finally, 117 vehicles in North America "may not have had a 'Superhold' joint fastener torqued to specification at the assembly plant.
- 2014 Buick Regal
- 2014 Cadillac XTS
- 2014 Chevrolet Camaro
- 2014 Chevrolet Impala
Source: Autoblog, General Motors
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GM Announces Four Vehicle Recalls
DETROIT – General Motors (GM: NYSE) today announced four safety recalls covering 428,211 vehicles in the United States.
- Dealers will replace the driver’s side air bag inflator in 29,019 2013-2014 model year Chevrolet Cruze sedans in the U.S. and 4,066 in Canada. The inflator in the driver’s front air bag may rupture and/or the air bag may not inflate during air bag deployment. A rupture could propel metal pieces of the inflator into the vehicle cabin, possibly striking and seriously injuring the driver or other vehicle occupants. Additionally, if the inflator does not inflate the air bag, there is an increased risk of injury to the driver. GM is aware of one injury related to the issue.
- Dealers will recalibrate transfer case control module software in 392,459 full-size pickup trucks and SUVs in the U.S. and 53,607 in Canada. An additional 20,874 were sold outside the U.S. and Canada. Affected are four-wheel-drive versions of the 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra; the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban; and the 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. In these vehicles, the transfer case may electronically switch to neutral without input from the driver. If this occurs while a vehicle is in motion, no power will go to the wheels. If the vehicle is stopped or parked, it may roll away if the parking brake is not set. GM is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue.
- Dealers will inspect, and replace if necessary, the windshield wiper module assembly in 4,794 2013-2014 model year Chevrolet Caprice police cars and 2014 Chevrolet SS sport sedans in the U.S. If the motor gear teeth become stripped, the wipers may not operate. GM is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue.
- Dealers will replace the two rear shock absorbers in 1,939 2014 model year Chevrolet Corvettes in the U.S. with the FE1 or FE3 suspension to repair a possible insufficient weld in the rear shocks that could lead to a fracture and/or reduce the shocks’ service life. Thirty-three additional vehicles were sold in Canada and another 82 were exported. GM is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue.
GM Announces Six Safety Recalls
DETROIT – General Motors announced today it will conduct six new safety recalls in the United States involving about 7.6 million vehicles from the 1997 to 2014 model years.
"We undertook what I believe is the most comprehensive safety review in the history of our company because nothing is more important than the safety of our customers," said GM CEO Mary Barra. "Our customers deserve more than we delivered in these vehicles. That has hardened my resolve to set a new industry standard for vehicle safety, quality and excellence."
Among these recalled vehicles, GM is aware of seven crashes, eight injuries and three fatalities. The fatal crashes occurred in older model full-size sedans being recalled for inadvertent ignition key rotation. There is no conclusive evidence that the defect condition caused those crashes.
"We have worked aggressively to identify and address the major outstanding issues that could impact the safety of our customers," Barra said. "If any other issues come to our attention, we will act appropriately and without hesitation."
GM has made changes to every process that affects the safety of its vehicles, and the company has acted or will act on all 90 of the recommendations put forward by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas in his independent report to the company's Board of Directors.
GM expects to take a charge of up to approximately $1.2 billion in the second quarter for the cost of recall-related repairs announced in the quarter. This amount includes a previously disclosed $700 million charge for recalls already announced during the quarter.
Until the ignition recall repairs have been performed, it is very important that customers remove all items from their key ring, leaving only the vehicle key, and always use their seat belts. The key fob, if present, should also be removed from the key ring.