4.8 Million In A Month Lost in GM Recalls

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General Motors announced two more recalls late Friday, bringing to 4.8 million the number of cars, trucks and SUVs the automaker has called back for repairs previously month.

The string of recalls, topped by an ignition switch problem in compact cars now linked to 13 crash deaths, has embarrassed the company and sidetracked its new CEO, who started work just over two months ago. GM has admitted knowing about the switch problem a decade ago, yet it didn’t recall any cars until February. The recall delay has brought two congressional probes and investigations by the Justice Department and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

GM announced it would recall 490,000 late-model pickup trucks and SUVs because transmission oil cooling lines weren’t secured properly inside their fittings, late Friday night. Transmission oil can leak from a fitting and hit hot surfaces, causing fires, the company said inside a statement. GM said it knows of three fires without any injuries.

The recall affects Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks from the 2014 model year, as well as 2015 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe SUVs and also the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs. All have six-speed automatic transmissions.

The Silverado is GM’s top-selling vehicle and an important profit center for the company. The GMC Sierra also is among GM’s top sellers.

Dealers will inspect the transmission oil cooling line fittings and make certain they’re securely seated, free of charge to owners.

GM announced the recall of 172,000 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars for the reason that right front axle shaft can fracture and separate while being driven, also Friday night.

The recall affects cars from the 2013 and 2014 model years equipped with 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engines.

The wheels would lose power without warning along with the cars would coast to some stop if a shaft fractures.

GM says it has warranty reports of numerous dozen shaft fractures. It is far from aware of any crashes or injuries.

Dealers will replace the shafts free of charge.

The recall allows dealers to resume selling affected Cruzes. GM issued a stop sale order about the cars Thursday night.

The recall also covers a couple of,500 replacement shafts employed to fix manual transmission Cruzes that were recalled last September.

In all, GM has recalled 4.8 million vehicles since recently, two million more than the business sold this past year in the United states In addition to the recalls announced Friday night, they include:

– 2.6 million small cars since their ignition switches can move from the run to the accessory or off position, which causes the car to stall and disables air bags and power steering. The recall includes the Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Saturn and Ion Sky in the 2003-2011 model years.

– 1.18 million SUVs because their side air bags, front center air bags and seatbelt pretensioners might not deploy if drivers ignore an air bag warning light on their dashboard. The recall includes the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia (2008-2013); Chevrolet Traverse (2009-2013); and Saturn Outlook (2008-2010)

– 303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans (2009-2014) because the material on the instrument panel might not exactly adequately protect unbelted passengers’ heads in a crash.

– 63,900 Cadillac XTS sedans (2013-2014) because a connect the brake assembly could possibly get dislodged and short, increasing the risk of an engine compartment fire.

GM also said Friday it has found another death caused by the ignition switch recalls, bringing the company’s count to 13. The additional fatality happened in 2013 and involved a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt in Quebec, Canada. The company didn’t give further details of the crash.

GM says dealers will start getting replacement ignition switches on April 7, but it may need until October to repair each of the vehicles. CEO Mary Barra says they are safe provided that drivers remove everything from their key rings. Weight on the rings can wear down the inside of the switches, causing those to slip from the run position.

Trial lawyers, however say the cars needs to be parked because the ignitions can slip out of the run position on bumpy roads.


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