October 30, 2014

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UPDATED: Latest General Motors recall affects more than 2.4 million vehicles

A Pontiac G6 is shown outside the General Motors Orion Assembly plant in Orion Township, Mich. General Motors is recalling 2.4 million vehicles in the U.S., including Pontiac G6's from the 2005-2008 model years, as part of a broader effort to resolve outstanding safety issues more quickly.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

A Pontiac G6 is shown outside the General Motors Orion Assembly plant in Orion Township, Mich. General Motors is recalling 2.4 million vehicles in the U.S., including Pontiac G6′s from the 2005-2008 model years, as part of a broader effort to resolve outstanding safety issues more quickly. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Update: DETROIT (AP) — General Motors has added yet another recall to its growing list for the year.

The recall of 218,000 Chevrolet Aveo subcompact cars is the company’s 30th this year, bringing the total number of recalled GM vehicles in the U.S. to around 13.8 million. That breaks GM’s previous annual record of 10.75 million set in calendar year 2004.

The new recall, posted Wednesday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, covers Aveos from the 2004 through 2008 model years. The daytime running light module in the dashboard center stack can overheat, melt and catch fire. GM is aware of an unspecified number of fires due to the problem, but spokesman Alan Adler says it does not know of any injuries or deaths.

GM says it is still developing a plan to fix the problem and will provide details as soon as possible.

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DETROIT (AP) — Another day, another recall from General Motors.

At least that’s the way it seems as the automaker reviews safety issues across its line-up of cars and trucks in the wake of a mishandled recall of millions of older small cars.

The number of recalls issued this year by the nation’s top carmaker rose Tuesday to 29 as GM announced four separate actions affecting 2.4 million cars and trucks. While no fatalities were involved in the latest recalls, the problems were serious enough that GM has temporarily halted sales of the vehicles.

GM has recalled 13.6 million vehicles in the U.S. since early February. That’s more than the total number of cars it sold here in the last five years, and already surpasses GM’s previous U.S. recall record of 10.75 million vehicles, set in 2004. By comparison, rival Ford has recalled 1.2 million vehicles in the U.S. this year, while Toyota has recalled 2.9 million, according to federal data and the companies.

The parade of bad news is part of the fallout from GM’s recall of 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars for defective ignition switches — and a consequence of government regulation. GM says it’s redoubling efforts to resolve outstanding safety issues. It’s hiring 35 new safety investigators and is issuing recalls one by one, as soon as a decision is made. GM can’t wait and announce a group of recalls once a month; it’s required by federal law to report defects to the government within five days of discovering them.

A failure to follow that law landed GM in hot water with the government. The company agreed last week to pay a $35 million federal fine for concealing a deadly defect in the ignition switches for more than a decade. GM says at least 13 people have died in crashes linked to the problem, although trial lawyers suing the company say the death toll is at least 53. Congress and the Justice Department have ongoing investigations.

More recalls are likely. GM spokesman Alan Adler said the company is making progress on reviewing older investigations, “but work is continuing.”

The recalls haven’t yet impacted GM’s U.S. sales, which were up 7 percent in April. But Akshay Anand, an industry analyst with Kelley Blue Book, said Tuesday’s order to dealers to stop selling the 2015 Cadillac Escalade and 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia until they’re repaired could give more buyers pause. The initial recalls covered older models like the discontinued Cobalt; now they’re affecting newer models.

Detroit-based GM said it will take a $400 million charge for repairs on all vehicles recalled so far this quarter. That includes the $200 million charge the company announced last week when it issued five recalls covering 2.7 million vehicles. That’s on top of a $1.3 billion charge the automaker took for recalls in the first quarter.

The recalls announced Tuesday were:

  • 1.3 million Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia crossovers from the 2009-2014 model years and Saturn Outlook crossovers from 2009-2010. GM says the front safety lap belt cables can wear down and separate over time. GM has told dealers they cannot sell new or used models of the vehicles until repairs are made.
  • 1.1 million Chevrolet Malibu sedans from the 2004-2008 model years and Pontiac G6 sedans from 2005-2008 because a shift cable could wear out over time. If that happens, the driver may not be able to select a different gear, remove the key from the ignition or place the transmission in park. GM knows of 18 crashes and one injury from the defect.
  • 1,402 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESVs from the 2015 model year because a faulty weld could result in partial deployment of the front passenger air bag in a crash. GM has stopped the sale of the models and alerted 224 current owners not to let occupants sit in the front passenger seat until the vehicle has been repaired. GM knows of no injuries related to the defect.
  • 58 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickups from the 2015 model year because retention clips attaching the generator fuse block to the vehicle body can become loose and lead to a potential fire. No crashes or injuries are related to the defect.


  • Sis Delish

    Is it me, or have the rate of recalls on GM Vehicles INCREASED since Obama and the Unions bailed out the auto industry?

    Where are all these “fines” ending up? Can we get a GAO Report showing where these penalties are accounted for?

    This is getting stinky.

    • golfingirl

      Not you, they have increased to record levels.

      I mean, why work hard to put out a quality vehicle people will buy? The government will always bail you out if people stop buying your crappy cars.

      The incentives to produce a vehicle people will buy go away when the government is ready to write a check to keep you in business.

      Such a predictable outcome.

      At least they didn’t sell out to the Italians, like Chrysler and the UAW did with Fiat. The Italians thank all the American taxpayers for their generosity.

  • golfingirl

    GM has recalled 13.6 million vehicles in the U.S. since early February. That’s more than the total number of cars it sold here in the last five years.

    They can’t sustain this rate of quality issues and maintain profitability much longer.

    May need another bail out soon. Hold onto your wallets!

    • Pablo Jones

      Maintain profitability? In order to maintain profitability you would have had to of been profitable in the first place.

      I wish I still had the videos I recorded on my cell phone in a GM plant several years ago. Workers sleeping, while their machines faulted out and weren’t running. The 100% parts inspectors playing hand held video games and reading while the parts went on by. Or the guy who was gauging parts that said the tolerance is +- 10 1,000ths of an inch and since +12 was only 2 away the part was still good.

      • Otter

        It’s not just GM…..sad but true. Even if the company tries to do something about it, the unions protect them, and they get their jobs back. I wonder if they will get nice big profit sharing checks again this year.

    • Otter

      Running scared, because of law suits and fines, generated from the ignition switch they didn’t recall….

  • Chosen1

    America thanks you Pablo for not saying anything to your supervisors. And i see your time there was spent on your cell phone. Quit the crying you little punk.

    • Pablo Jones

      Who says I didn’t? The video was just a way that I could have proof when people said that doesn’t happen. What was really sad was that the supervisors knew and either didn’t care or knew they couldn’t do anything about it. And really what I mentioned was just the tip of the ice burg, I could keep going on the things I saw and I could write a book based on the stories I’ve been told by the old workers.

      Since you felt the need to call me a punk I’m guessing what I said hit a little close to home for you. You have all the energy in the world to attack people, but don’t spend any of it to improve the quality of the work you do.

  • SniperFire

    You would have to be out of your mind to buy a car from Government Motors.

  • Chosen1

    You got a stock pile SniperFire?

  • ekwaykway

    I gave up on GM years ago and I’m glad I did!

  • Chosen1

    Taking videos when you should be working? I’ve got plenty of energy, maybe you should have used some at work. Like I said “little punk”.

    • Pablo Jones

      Oh this going to kill you. I was working and it was my job to document all that waste. And GM paid me a lot of money to do it.

      • Jennifer Williams

        Which is probably why he does not have all the video.
        GM is a waste NO MORE BAIL OUT!

  • alreadyfedup1

    GM needs to go back to 1999 because those cars have the same problems. Malibu, Cultass and similar vehicles.