GM recalls 2.7 million cars in five separate recalls – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014

General Motors said Thursday it was recalling about 2.7 million cars in five separate safety recalls. 

1. The largest recall involves 2,440,524 sedans including model year 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu, 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, 2005-2010 Pontiac G6 and 2007-2010 Saturn Auras in the U.S. to modify the brake lamp wiring harness.

Affected vehicles could have corrosion develop, which could lead to a failure for brake lights to illuminate, or brake lights illuminating when the brakes are not engaged, GM said in a statement. The issue could also disable cruise control, traction control, electronic stability control and panic braking assist operation.  

GM is aware of “several hundred complaints.” There have been 13 crashes, two injuries, no fatalities, and a previously issued “safety campaign” in January 2009 for some of the 2005 model year vehicles.

2. An additional 140,067 new Chevrolet Malibu from model year 2014 are being recalled for hydraulic booster malfunctions. GM is recalling certain mid-sized cars equipped with a 2.5 liter gasoline engine with the automatic stop/start option because the hydraulic boost assist could become disabled, according to documents posted online on Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

3. The 2005 to 2007 Chevrolet Corvette is also being recalled for potential loss of low-beam headlamp operation, which could lead to redeuced visibility. There are 111,889 Corvettes in the safety recall, however, GM indicated “models from 2008-2013 will be covered under a Customer Satisfaction Program.”

“The older models had a higher rate of occurrence in 2 percent of vehicles after 10 years,” GM spokesperson Alan Alder explained. In working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), GM determined the rate of incident to be so low  in 103,158 newer model Corvettes that it didn’t constitute a recall. Instead, it is included as part of a customer satisfaction program. Either way, all repairs are covered at no cost to the customer. 

4. The 2013 to 2014 Cadillac CTS recall covers 19,225 models for a wonky windshield wiper system that may become inoperable after a jump start.

5. The smallest recall covers 477 light-duty pickups including the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, and the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV because of a loose tie rod that can separate from the steering rack and cause a crash. Customers are being contacted and told to have their vehicles taken by flatbed to their dealer. The issue was discovered and corrected during assembly after a small number of vehicles was released, GM said in a statement.

The current recalls are not related to the ignition switch recall, which affected 2.6 millions cars. GM is in the process of replacing defective ignition switches and is inder investigation by federal prosecutors, the Securities and Exchange Commission, a state attorney general, Congress and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to the Wall Street Journal, as well as facing class action lawsuits by victims affected by the faulty ignition switch. 

“We have redoubled our efforts to expedite and resolve current reviews in process and also have identified and analyzed recent vehicle issues which require action,” said Jeff Boyer, who was recently appointed VP of Global Vehicle Safety in the fallout from the ignition switch recall. “These are examples of our focus to surface issues quickly and promptly take necessary actions in the best interest of our customers.”

The latest recall brings the total number of cars recalled by GM in 2014 to nearly 10 million. 

Visit the GM Owner Center to see if your call has been recalled, or call 1-800-222-1020 or tweet them @GMCustomerSvc or visit the NHTSA site. 



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