GM Recalls Another 312,000 Vehicles, 6 Models

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DETROIT -- General Motors (GM) is issuing six more recalls totaling more than 312,000 vehicles as the company cleans up past safety issues.

The recalls in North America pushed GM's total for the year to 66, covering just over 29 million cars and trucks. That beats the company's old full-year record and has pushed this total number for the industry this year to more than 40 million, also an annual record.

The largest of Friday's recalls covers 215,243 Saturn Vue SUVs from the 2002 through 2004 model years. GM says keys can be removed when ignitions are not in the "off" position. The problem is linked to two crashes and one injury.

GM is conducting a companywide safety review following a bungled recall of 2.6 million small cars with faulty ignition switches. GM has admitted knowing about the defective switches for at least a decade, yet it didn't recall the cars until February.

In the recalls announced Friday, GM has told dealers to stop selling some of the vehicles until repairs are made.

Including the Vue recall, GM has called back more than 17.5 million vehicles for ignition switch problems. In many cases the switches can be knocked from the "run" position to "accessory," shutting off the engine and disabling the power steering, power brakes and air bags.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. government's road safety agency, is investigating ignition switches across the auto industry to make sure they can't be inadvertently moved from the run position.

Dealers will inspect the Vue ignitions and replace the cylinder if needed at no cost to customers. The company says it's important for drivers to make sure the SUVs are in "Park" before they exit the vehicles.

Other recalls announced Friday include:

• 72,826 Cadillac ATS, Chevrolet Trax in Canada and Buick Encore cars and SUVs from the 2013 model year. In some of the vehicles, the front lap belts may not lock properly, allowing people to move in a crash. Dealers will replace the belt pretensioners. GM doesn't know of any crashes, but it has told dealers not to sell the vehicles until repairs are done.

• 15,386 Chevrolet Impalas from 2014 and 2015. On some LT and LTZ models, the front console storage door may not latch properly in a rear crash. Dealers will replace the latch. The company knows of no crashes or injuries, but it's ordering dealers to hold the cars until repairs can be made.

• 3,624 Cadillac ATS sedans from 2013 and 2014 to fix a problem with front lighting. These cars were all exported from the U.S.

• 3,110 Chevrolet Spark minicars from 2014. Lower control arm bolts in the suspensions may not be tightened to specifications. Owners have been told to have their cars transported to dealerships for inspection and tightening. No crashes reported.

• 2,091 Chevrolet Aveo subcompacts from 2009 and 2010, 2009 Pontiac G3 subcompacts and the 2007 Chevrolet Optra in Canada. A brake fluid issue could lead to longer brake pedal travel and reduced brake performance. GM knows of no crashes or injuries.

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ectullis

The result of outsourcing?

August 11 2014 at 9:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
redlgs14

see what happens to a government bail out company! Dems ruin everything they touch.

August 11 2014 at 2:32 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
geezerearl

Its got be embarassing 4 GM. Every time they turn around its another
recall.Sooner or later people r going 2 say enough already and stop
buying cars. Imagine GMs CEO is getting some unpleasent calls from
stockholders.

August 10 2014 at 7:24 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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gee.effwye

But if they let her go, everyone will claim it was sexism, and that idiot matt lauer will say it was because she couldn't balance work and motherhood.

August 10 2014 at 9:23 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Craig

The theory - How cheap can we make it before we kill people
They reached thir Goal.

August 10 2014 at 4:36 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

It's too bad with all the technology today the car makers can't find a problem before going into production! Apparently sometimes they know they have some poor quality parts installed but figure they can pass it off on the consumer.

August 09 2014 at 9:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

My sister has the 2005 model year so she say her Saturn isn't involved in this recalled.

August 09 2014 at 8:58 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
mksrs

"Government Motors" What did yo expect?

August 09 2014 at 2:56 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
juststeve35

Smart...

At this point they should recall ANY known/bulletin issues and just clear the slate...

Their reputation couldn't get any worse, and the bad news is NOT stopping their loyal customers from buying their products!

So, at this point, GM has NOTHING to lose by clearing the books of any potential issues now with an eye on having no recalls to announce anytime in the near future which could result in them looking better.

Not good, mind you, but better.

I am, however, astonished that ANYONE would buy a car from a company who has acknowledged they KNOWINGLY ignored a defect that lead to dozens of deaths and injuries...

How could you POSSIBLY trust a company like that???

August 09 2014 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
raidrmik67

I had a Saturn that developed a fuel pump leak, leaking fuel all over the ground. This was a 600 dollar repair and I reported it to Saturn...after I scrapped the car with a cracked head I got a notice they were offering refunds for this repair IF you have the recpt, I swear I found every recpt. for everything I did to that car EXCEPT this one.

August 09 2014 at 9:37 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
daddyoramsey

Why do customers still buy from this company ? Lousy styling designs for years, rustbuckets in the 70s & 80s, terrible powertrains, dubious "bankruptcy" that cost taxpayers $11b, Saturn debacle, etc, etc. After being a loyal GM customer for years and getting burned too many times I recently bought a new Lexus and will NEVER go back to GM. All these recent recalls just reinforce this decision. Just too many good alternatives out there to risk another GM purchase.

August 09 2014 at 4:45 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply