GM issues new recalls for 7.6 million more vehicles


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, according to a press release issued on the company’s website.

Those recalled are:

• 1997 to 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, 1998 to 2002 Oldsmobile Intrique, 1999 to 2004 Oldsmobile Alero, 1999 to 2005 Pontiac Grand AM, 2000 to 2005 Chevrolet Impala and Monte Carlo and 2004 to 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix for unintended ignition switch key rotation.

• 2003 to 2014 Cadillac CTS and 2004 to 2006 Cadillac SRX for unintended ignition key rotation.

• 2011 to 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, 2012-2014 Chevrolet Sonic and 2013 to 2014 Chevrolet Trax, Buick Encore and Verano for insulation on the engine block heater power cord if equipped may become damaged during very cold conditions.

• 2014 Chevrolet Camaro and Impala, Buick Regal, Cadillac XTS for some of the vehicles not having a “superhold” joint fastener torqued to specification at the assembly plant.

• 2007 to 2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Sierra HD equipped with an auxiliary battery for an overload in the feed that may cause the underhood fusible link to melt due to electrical overload, resulting in a potential smoke or flames that could damage the electrical center cover and the nearby wiring harness conduit.

• 2005 to 2007 Buick Rainier, Chevrolet Trail Blazer, GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender, Saab 9-7x, 2006 Chevrolet Trail blazer EXT, GMC Envoy XL for 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.

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,” CEO Mary Barra said. “If any other issues come to our attention, we will act appropriately and without hesitation.”

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.

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