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General Motors Issues Recall for 2.42 Million Vehicles

May 21, 2014

On Tuesday, General Motors Co. announced that it is issuing another batch of recalls which affect 2.42 million vehicles in the United States. The four separate safety recall campaigns increase GM’s total number of recalled vehicles for 2014 to 13.6 million.

In one recall campaign, the affected vehicles are the 2009 to 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia crossovers as well as 2009 to 2010 Saturn Outlook crossovers. In these vehicles, the front safety lap belt cables are the problem. The steel cable that links together the safety belt to the vehicle could wear out and detach over time due to the movement of the occupant in the seat, and fatigue can increase the risk of injury to front seat passengers in the event of a crash.

This recall campaign affects a total of 1,339,355 vehicles. GM has instructed dealers not to sell new or used affected models until the problem is addressed.

In another recall, the affected vehicles are 2004 to 2008 Chevrolet Malibu cars with four-speed automatic transmission and 2005 to 2008 Pontiac G6 cars. The problem concerns the shift cable, which could also wear out over time. Fatigue of the shift cable may result in “mismatches of the gear position indicated by the shift lever.” A total of 1,131,113 cars are covered by this recall.

GM knows about 18 crashes and one injury related to this problem. Dealers will address it by replacing the shift cable as well as the attachment bracket free of charge.

In another recall campaign, the affected vehicles are the 2015 Cadillac Escalades and Escalade ESVs. The problem is “an insufficiently heated plastic weld” that connects the passenger side air bag to the instrument panel assembly. This could cause partial deployment of the air bag in a crash. Because the vehicles went on sale just last month, only 1,402 units are affected.

GM stopped the sale of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV, and has notified 224 customers of the problem through overnight letters, calls and emails. The customers were specifically asked not to let anyone sit in the front passenger seat until the problem has been fixed. The safety concern has been addressed at the supplier and Escalade production continues at GM’s Arlington plant.

The last of the four recall campaigns affects 58 of GM’s full-size pickup trucks. The automaker is recalling the Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD from the 2015 model year due to a problem with the retention clips that connect the generator fuse block to the vehicle body. According to GM, the retention clips could become loose and cause the fuse block to move out of position, which could result in a fire.

GM claimed that there have been no deaths linked to the aforementioned recalls.

The Detroit-based automaker said in a statement that it expects to take a second-quarter charge of about $400 million due to the expenses related to the recall repairs. This amount already includes the $200 million charge for the batch of recalls announced on May 15th. In the first quarter, the company took a $1.3 billion charge.

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