Recall Record: GM Calls Back 2.4 Million More Vehicles

GM recalls 2.4 million more vehicles
Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesThe 2015 Cadillac Escalade is among the 2.4 million vehicles GM recalled Tuesday.

DETROIT -- General Motors said Tuesday it's recalling 2.4 million vehicles in the U.S. as part of a broader effort to resolve outstanding safety issues more quickly.

The latest action brings to 13.6 million the number of vehicles GM has recalled in this year, a new record for the automaker. GM's previous record of 10.75 million cars and trucks was set in 2004, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

GM last week agreed to pay a $35 million federal fine for concealing deadly defects in small-car ignition switches for more than a decade. The company says at least 13 people have died in crashes linked to the problem, but trial lawyers suing the company say the death toll is at least 53.

GM said no fatalities were linked to the recalls announced Tuesday.

As part of the fallout from that recall of 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars, GM hired more safety investigators and vowed to review the safety of its vehicles. In May alone, GM has recalled nearly 5.3 million cars and trucks.

The Detroit automaker said it will take a $400 million charge for repairs on all vehicles recalled so far this quarter. That's on top of a $1.3 billion charge the automaker took for recalls in the first quarter.

GM said no fatalities have been reported related to the recalls announced Tuesday. The recalls are:
  • 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 the fracture occurs, 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.

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Buy a Ford.

May 21 2014 at 3:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Government Motors is heading for another bailout. Hey, what ever happened to the Volt ?

May 21 2014 at 3:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is bad news. I just got a recall notice. I have to bring my Escalade back to China for a tune up.What ever the government touches turns to shiite.

May 20 2014 at 5:50 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to WELCOME HOME's comment

A tune up? That's probably an euphemism for engine pull.

May 20 2014 at 6:03 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Again, I say it's real neat how this years old problem was not bought to the media until after the Government sold it's GM shares and don't forget that as part of the GM Bankruptcy GM can't be held accountable.

Be advised GM started the replacement of livable wage workers with At-Will, non-livable wage, no pension and no benefits type employees and quality went out the window.

Ford has followed GM's lead and Ford now has massive recalls and quality issues because of it's At-Will, non-livable wage, no pension and no benefits type of employees.

Let's face it you get what you pay for and Ford and GM have paid less for a less talented and capable work force and their products are now junk .

Next time you buy Ford product remember it might not even make it form the Dealership to your home without a breakdown. Ford has a cheaper idea and cheaper is not better.

May 20 2014 at 4:12 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to militiaman2013's comment

JM, Junk Motors protected by the Administration and the Unions. Why the lowly $35 million dollar fine? Toyota gets hit with 2 billion and JM, Junk Motors a paltry 35 million. My last JM, Junk Motors car was a 75 Monte Carlo. Never, never, never again will I buy a JM, Junk Motors automobile.

May 20 2014 at 3:44 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Why even bother to roll out the junkers from the production lines? Just make U-turns, and head them off to the compacter.

May 20 2014 at 3:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to rgkarasiewicz's comment

It used to mean overtime, they would be brought back and repaired. Now it's just a mad rush to get the junk out the door and make it the consumers problem. Yet every minimum wage employee needs a new car and an iphone so they can be a Facebook Rock Star.

Maybe China will Nuke Apple, Facebook and Twitter and the World can be a better place again.

May 20 2014 at 4:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
6 replies to militiaman2013's comment

And the current Administration wants all union workers in the USA.

I hope Joe Biden is driving a Chevy!

May 20 2014 at 3:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Why is the government fining GM only $35 million when they socked Toyota over $2 billion for not reporting their safety issues in a smaller time frame (definitely less than GM hiding them for 13 years)? Is it because GM isactually the abbreviation for "Government Motors"? Holder's Justice Department is really tough on it's own criminally negligent companies and agencies like "Government Motors, the State Department , the IRS and now the VA, making noise but taking no action. Just hot air and a lot of bluster, like the rest of this corrupt and dispicable administration.

May 20 2014 at 2:48 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Why doesn't GM just recall every piece of junk they've ever built and be done with it?

May 20 2014 at 2:25 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Finally GM is reacting early to problems that would get worse through time

May 20 2014 at 2:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply