AUTO INDUSTRY

GM issues 5 new recalls for more than 2.7 million U.S. vehicles

 

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The number of General Motors vehicles recalled in 2014 topped 10 million Thursday after the automaker issued five new recalls affecting more than 2.7 million U.S. vehicles.

GM said the new recalls would cost $200 million on its second-quarter earnings report. The number of vehicles affected outside the United States was not immediately available.

In the first quarter the automaker took a $1.3 billion charge for the cost of replacing defective ignition switches on 2.6 million small cars, mostly from the 2003 through 2007 model years.

The new issues were collectively blamed for as many as 17 crashes and no deaths.

The largest recall in Thursday’s batch was for 2.44 million cars that could have brake lights malfunction due to corrosion of a wiring harness through micro-vibration.

The issue affects 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu, 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, 2005-2010 Pontiac G6 and 2007-2010 Saturn Auras. GM said it was aware of “several hundred” complaints connected to the problem, as well as 13 crashes causing two injuries and no fatalities.

None of Thursday’s recalls is connected to GM’s ongoing ignition switch defect crisis.

Some engineers in the company knew about the ignition switch defect – which has been linked to at least 31 accidents and 13 deaths – for more than a decade before a recall was ordered.

The automaker is now in the midst of overhauling its safety analysis team and has pledged to be more responsive when it discovers defects.

The company described today’s recalls as an outgrowth of its new responsiveness.

“Customer safety is at the heart of how GM designs and produces vehicles, and these announcements are examples of two ways we are putting that into practice,” said Jeff Boyer, vice president of GM global vehicle safety, in a statement. “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. These are examples of our focus to surface issues quickly and promptly take necessary actions in the best interest of our customers.”

The company also recalled:

• 477 units of the 2014-15 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks, and a few of the brand new 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV to fix a for a tie-rod defect that could lead to a crash. With this condition, the tie rod can separate from the steering rack and a crash could occur without prior warning. The company is asking owners of these new vehicles to have them taken by flatbed to their dealer, where the inner tie rods will be inspected for correct torque, and, if necessary, the steering gear will be replaced.

• 140,067 Chevrolet Malibus with 2.5-liter engines from the 2014 model year for an software issue that could cause the vehicles’ hydraulic brake boost system to be disabled, making it more difficult to stop the vehicle. The company said it was aware of four crashes but they may not be connected to the defect.

• 111,889 Chevrolet Corvettes from the 2005-07 model years that could lose low-beam headlamps after the automaker received several hundred complaints. The company said 2008-13 model-year Corvettes would also be fixed. The issue has not been blamed for any crashes, injuries or deaths.

• 19,225 Cadillac CTS 2013-14 models for windshield wiper failures.

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