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General Motors recalls Cadillac Escalades and Escalade ESVs

The front passenger seat belt and airbag status telltale lights may be dim

General Motors is recalling 3,203 model year 2021 Cadillac Escalades and Escalade ESVs.

The front passenger seat belt and airbag status telltale lights in the overhead console may be set to "night mode" when the vehicle is started using remote start or when the vehicle is turned off and re-started after approximately ten minutes without opening the door.

In daytime, if night mode is active, the telltale lights may not be visible.

If the telltale lights are not visible, the driver and front passenger may not know that the front passenger is unbuckled or has a deactivated airbag, increasing the risk of passenger injury.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the software free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin February 1, 2021.

Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at (800) 458-8006. GM's number for this recall is N202319980.

General Motors is recalling 3,203 model year 2021 Cadillac Escalades and Escalade ESVs. The front passenger seat belt and airbag status telltale lights ...
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GM recalls Chevrolet Suburbans & Tahoes and GMC Yukons & Yukon XLs

Attachment bolts for the front seats may be incorrectly installed

General Motors is recalling 94 model year 2021 Chevrolet Suburbans & Tahoes, and GMC Yukons & Yukon XLs.

During assembly, a repair involved removal of one or both front seats. The attachment bolts for the front seats may not have been properly reinstalled after the repair was completed.

If an occupied front seat has loose or missing attachment bolts, it may move during a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the occupant.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat attachments for both front seats and install attachment bolts -- as needed -- free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin December 29, 2020.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020, and GMC customer service at (888) 988-7267. GM's number for this recall is N202312720.

General Motors is recalling 94 model year 2021 Chevrolet Suburbans & Tahoes, and GMC Yukons & Yukon XLs. During assembly, a repair involved removal of o...
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GM recalls Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks

The front seat belt retractors may malfunction

General Motors is recalling 38,048 model year 2017-2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500s & 3500s, and GMC Sierra 2500s and 3500s.

The front seat belt retractor assemblies were built with the incorrect torsion bar, and may not perform as intended in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace both front seat belt retractor assemblies free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin December 28, 2020.

Owners may contact GMC customer service at (888) 988-7267 or Chevrolet customer service at (800)222-1020. GM's numbers for this recall are 17368, 17375, and 17376.

General Motors is recalling 38,048 model year 2017-2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500s & 3500s, and GMC Sierra 2500s and 3500s.The front seat belt retractor...
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General Motors recalls various GMC and Chevrolet trucks

The roof rail air bag inflator endcap may detach

General Motors is recalling 9,279 model year 2015-2016 GMC Sierra 1500 & Chevrolet Silverado 1500, and model year 2015 GMC Sierra 2500 & 3500, and Chevrolet Silverado 2500 & 3500 trucks.

The roof-rail air bag (RRAB) inflator endcap may detach from the inflator.

If the endcap separates from the inflator, the compressed gas will escape and the endcap can be propelled into the vehicle, increasing the risk of injury or a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the RRAB modules on the left and/or right side free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin January 10, 2021.

Owners may contact GMC customer service at (888) 988-7267 or Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020. GM's number for this recall is N202309680.

General Motors is recalling 9,279 model year 2015-2016 GMC Sierra 1500 & Chevrolet Silverado 1500, and model year 2015 GMC Sierra 2500 & 3500, and Chevrole...
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GM to recall 7 million vehicles due to potentially deadly Takata airbags

Eighteen people have died and hundreds have reportedly been injured by these airbags in the U.S.

General Motors Corp. (GM) has announced that it plans to recall 7 million 2007-2014 model pickup trucks and SUVs that contain potentially lethal Takata airbags. Those models include Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickups; Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, and Avalanche vehicles; GMC Sierra 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickups; and various versions of the Cadillac Escalade and GMC Yukon.

Takata airbags have a worrisome, costly, and tragic history. All told, tens of millions of vehicles have been recalled for Takata-related problems. In 2016, U.S. senators petitioned that certain Hondas with Takata airbags be taken off the road. 

Between 2017-2018, Nissan reached a class action settlement over Takata airbag cases to the tune of $97.68 million, and Ford reached its own at a cost of $299.1 million. Defective Takata airbags claimed their 17th and 18th lives earlier this year.

Takata’s hazards

The primary issue with Takata’s recalled airbags is that their inflators are made with ammonium nitrate. This chemical can deteriorate over time, and the process can be accelerated by hot and humid conditions. When deterioration reaches a certain point, it can cause the airbags to explode and shoot shrapnel into the passenger cabin. 

GM’s recall could very well close the door on Takata’s future since it accounts for the final group of cars manufactured with Takata airbag inflators. The decision comes after Takata submitted four unsuccessful petitions to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that sought to stop these recalls. 

“The GM recall is a huge step in the right direction,” said Grace Brombach, an associate with U.S. PIRG. “Airbags exist to protect drivers, not to do more harm. Vehicle owners shouldn’t have to worry that their car’s airbag could be the thing that kills them during a minor fender bender or a more serious collision.”

How to check if your vehicle is affected

Vehicle owners can verify whether their GM vehicle is part of the latest recall by visiting https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and entering their seventeen digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). 

It might also be good for any vehicle owner to double check to see if their vehicle, especially previously owned ones, was part of any earlier recall.

General Motors Corp. (GM) has announced that it plans to recall 7 million 2007-2014 model pickup trucks and SUVs that contain potentially lethal Takata air...
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GM recalls various Buick, Cadillac, GMC and Chevrolet vehicles

The tires may have been overcured

General Motors is recalling 7,516 model year 2020 Buick Enclaves Cadillac XT5s, GMC Acadias & Chevrolet Traverses, and model year 2020-2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500s and GMC Sierra 1500s.

The vehicles may have been manufactured with Continental tires that were overcured.

Overcured tires may experience a carcass break in the sidewall resulting in a sudden air loss, or could develop a belt edge separation that could lead to partial or full tread/belt loss.

Either condition increases the risk of a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect vehicles and replace tires that have DOT number and production mold number combinations identified by Continental free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin December 21, 2020.

Owners may contact GMC customer service at (888) 988-7267, Buick customer service at (800) 521-7300, Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020 or Cadillac customer service at (800) 458-8006. GM's number for this recall is N202319030.

General Motors is recalling 7,516 model year 2020 Buick Enclaves Cadillac XT5s, GMC Acadias & Chevrolet Traverses, and model year 2020-2021 Chevrolet Silve...
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GM recalls Chevrolet Bolt EVs

The high-voltage battery may catch fire

General Motors is recalling all model year 2017-2018 and 50,932 model year 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EVs.

The high-voltage battery could catch fire when charged to full or nearly full capacity, posing an injury risk.

What to do

GM will notify owners and, as an interim repair, dealers will reprogram the hybrid propulsion control module 2 (HPCM2) to limit the full charge to 90% free of charge.

Owners are advised to activate either the Hill Top Reserve (2017 and 2018 models) or Target Charge Level (2019 models) feature in their vehicle to limit the charge level to 90%, or park outside, until the software update is completed.

The final remedy is still under development.

Owners will be notified of the interim repair beginning November 23, 2020. A second notice will be mailed when the final repair becomes available.

Owners may contact the Bolt EV Concierge Team at (833) 382-4389. GM's number for this recall is N202311730.

General Motors is recalling all model year 2017-2018 and 50,932 model year 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EVs.The high-voltage battery could catch fire when charg...
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GM recalls Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks

The driveshaft may separate while the vehicle is moving

General Motors is recalling 42 model year 2019-2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 & GMC Sierra 1500, and model year 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 trucks.

One of the driveshaft joints may not have been properly welded, causing the driveshaft to separate while the vehicle is moving.

Separation of the driveshaft may cause a loss of propulsion, increasing the risk of crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driveshaft free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin December 7, 2020.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020 or GMC customer service at (888) 988-7267. GM's number for this recall is N202314870.

General Motors is recalling 42 model year 2019-2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 & GMC Sierra 1500, and model year 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 trucks. One...
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GM recalls model year 2020 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles

The fuel pump's jet nozzle may be blocked

General Motors is recalling 2,781 model year 2020 Buick Enclaves, Cadillac XT5s, Cadillac XT6s, Chevrolet Traverses, and GMC Acadias.

The fuel pump's jet nozzle may have a plastic burr remaining from the manufacturing process, possibly causing a blocked nozzle and an insufficient fuel supply to the engine.

An insufficient fuel supply can result in an engine stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump module.

The recall is expected to begin November 30, 2020.

Owners may contact GMC customer service at (888) 988-7267, Buick Customer service at (800) 955-9007, Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020 or Cadillac customer service at (800) 458-8006. GM's number for this recall is N202314760.

General Motors is recalling 2,781 model year 2020 Buick Enclaves, Cadillac XT5s, Cadillac XT6s, Chevrolet Traverses, and GMC Acadias.The fuel pump's je...
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GM recalls various vehicles with possible transmission issue

The start/stop accumulator endcap may have missing or loose bolts

General Motors is recalling 194,105 of the following vehicles:

  • Model year 2018-2019 Chevrolet Cruze and Buick LaCrosse,
  • Model year 2018-2020 Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Terrain,
  • Model year 2018 Chevrolet Malibu,
  • Model year 2019-2020 Buick Encore, Buick Enclave, Cadillac XT4, Chevrolet Blazer and GMC Acadia, and
  • Model year 2020 Cadillac XT6 vehicles.

The start/stop accumulator endcap may have missing or loose bolts.

Missing bolts on the start-stop accumulator endcap could result in a transmission oil leak and progress to a loss of propulsion, increasing the risk of a crash.

Additionally, transmission fluid leak in the presence of an ignition source may increase the risk of fire.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the start-stop transmission accumulator and replace it if any bolts are missing free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin December 14, 2020.

Owners may contact GMC customer service at (888) 988-7267, Buick Customer service at (800) 955-9007, Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020 or Cadillac customer service at (800) 458-8006. GM's number for this recall is N202313440.

General Motors is recalling 194,105 of the following vehicles: Model year 2018-2019 Chevrolet Cruze and Buick LaCrosse, Model year 2018-2020 Chevro...
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GM recalls Cadillac Escalades, Chevrolet Silverados &Tahoes, and GMC Sierra 1500s & Yukons

The vacuum pump may decrease power brake assist

General Motors is recalling 14,620 model year 2018 Cadillac Escalades, Chevrolet Silverado 1500s & Tahoes, and GMC Sierra 1500s & Yukons with either a 5.3L or 6.2L V8 engine.

The output of the mechanical vacuum pump can decrease over time, decreasing the amount of vacuum/power brake assist.

A decrease in brake assist can increase the brake pedal effort and distance required to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the Electronic Brake Control Module free of charge.

The recall is scheduled to begin November 16, 2020.

Owners may contact GM customer service at (866) 522-9559, Cadillac customer service at (800) 458-8006 or Chevrolet customer service at (800)630-2438. GM's number for this recall is N202300860.

General Motors is recalling 14,620 model year 2018 Cadillac Escalades, Chevrolet Silverado 1500s & Tahoes, and GMC Sierra 1500s & Yukons with either a 5.3L...
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GM recalls various Chevrolet, Cadillac and Buick vehicles

Extra pedal force may be required to slow and stop the vehicle

General Motors is recalling 3,317 model year 2020 Chevrolet Corvettes and Cadillac CT4s, CT5s and XT4s, model year 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazers, and model year 2020-2021 Buick Encore Gxs.

Sensor connection contamination in the electronic brake boost system may cause an interruption of communication between the sensor and the brake boost system.

If communication with the sensor is interrupted, the electronic brake boost assist could be lost. Extra pedal force will be required to slow and stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the electronic brake boost module free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin November 9, 2020.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at (800) 630-2438, Cadillac customer service at (800) 333-4223, or Buick customer service at (800) 521-7300. GM's number for this recall is A202307260.

General Motors is recalling 3,317 model year 2020 Chevrolet Corvettes and Cadillac CT4s, CT5s and XT4s, model year 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazers, and model y...
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GM recalls model year 2020 Chevrolet Corvettes

The driver's seat belt retractor may not lock

General Motors is recalling five model year 2020 Chevrolet Corvettes.

The driver's seat belt retractor may not lock as intended during a crash.

Failure of the driver's seat belt to lock increases the risk of injury.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's side seat-belt retractor free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin on November 9, 2020.

Owners may contact GM customer service at (866) 522-9559. GM's number for this recall is N202307690.

General Motors is recalling five model year 2020 Chevrolet Corvettes. The driver's seat belt retractor may not lock as intended during a crash. Failu...
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GM recalls Buick Encore GXs and Chevy Trailblazers

The front seat rear attachment bolts may be missing

General Motors is recalling 105 model year 2020 Buick Encore GXs and model year 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazers.

The rear attachment bolts of one or both front seats may not have been installed.

An occupied front seat missing the rear attachment bolts may move during a crash, increasing risk of injury to the occupant.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect seat attachments for both front seats and install attachment bolts as needed free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin October 19, 2020.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at (800) 630-2438 or Buick customer service at (800) 521-7300. GM's number for this recall is A202304380.

General Motors is recalling 105 model year 2020 Buick Encore GXs and model year 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazers. The rear attachment bolts of one or both fr...
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GM recalls model year 2020 Chevrolet Corvettes

The hood may open inadvertently

General Motors is recalling 7,071 model year 2020 Chevrolet Corvettes.

Despite visual and audible warnings, the vehicle can be driven with the front trunk lid unlatched.

An unlatched hood can open when the vehicle is driven above a certain speed, obstructing the driver's forward view and increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the software in the vehicle's Body Control Module to limit the vehicle speed to 26 mph when the hood is not completely closed and latched free of charge.

In addition, the operation of the hood release on the key fob will be modified to reduce the likelihood of inadvertent hood release actuations.

Owners also may allow the vehicle to be remedied via an Over-The-Air software update.

The recall is expected to begin October 3, 2020.

Owners may contact GM customer service at (866) 522-9559. GM's number for this recall is N202311160.

General Motors is recalling 7,071 model year 2020 Chevrolet Corvettes. Despite visual and audible warnings, the vehicle can be driven with the front tru...
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GM recalls model year 2020 Chevrolet Corvettes

The trunk release may not work

General Motors is recalling 5,141 model year 2020 Chevrolet Corvettes.

The release button located inside the front trunk compartment may not function after the vehicle has been shut off for ten minutes.

If a person climbs inside the front trunk compartment and closes the lid, he may be trapped inside, posing the risk of injury.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the software in the vehicle's Body Control Module (BCM) to allow the release switch to always work free of charge.

Owners also may allow the vehicle to be remedied via an Over-The-Air software update.

The recall is expected to begin September 21, 2020.

Owners may contact GM customer service at (866) 522-9559. GM's number for this recall is N202309350.

General Motors is recalling 5,141 model year 2020 Chevrolet Corvettes. The release button located inside the front trunk compartment may not function af...
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GM recalls various vehicles with airbag issue

The roof rail airbag may not deploy

General Motors is recalling 769 model year 2020 Buick Enclaves, Cadillac XT5s & XT6s, Chevrolet Blazers, Silverado 1500s, 2500s & 3500s, Traverses & GMC Acadias and Sierra 1500s, 2500s & 3500s.

The diffuser component of the Roof-Rail Air Bag (RRAB) inflator may not have been properly crimped to the inflator and could separate from the inflator during airbag deployment.

If the diffuser separates from the inflator during deployment, RRAB performance may be degraded, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the suspect RRAB modules free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin September 14, 2020.

Owners may contact GM customer service at (866) 522-9559. GM's number for this recall is N202305380.

General Motors is recalling 769 model year 2020 Buick Enclaves, Cadillac XT5s & XT6s, Chevrolet Blazers, Silverado 1500s, 2500s & 3500s, Traverses & GMC Ac...
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GM again recalls Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500s and 3500s

The vehicle's hood may open unexpectedly

General Motors is recalling model year 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500s & 3500s, and GMC Sierra 2500s & 3500s that were previously recalled.

The hood-latch striker wires on replacement hoods installed in the earlier recall may not have been heat-treated properly, possibly causing them to fracture.

If a striker wire fractures, the hood may open unexpectedly while the vehicle is being driven, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the hood assembly free of charge. For hoods sold over the counter, dealers will contact customers with instructions for hood replacement.

The recall is expected to begin July 20, 2020.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020 or GMC customer service at (888) 988-7267. GM's number for this recall is N202306490.

General Motors is recalling model year 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500s & 3500s, and GMC Sierra 2500s & 3500s that were previously recalled. The hood-latc...
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GM recalls model year 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazers

The certification label lacks tire size and pressure information

General Motors is recalling 19 model year 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazers factory-equipped with optional 17-inch sport terrain tires.

The certification label does not provide the required tire size and cold tire pressure information for front and rear tires.

If drivers are uninformed and overinflate or underinflate their tires, this may increase the risk of a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and will mail corrected labels for customers to apply free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin July 6, 2020.

Owners may call Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020. GM's number for this recall is A202304070.

General Motors is recalling 19 model year 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazers factory-equipped with optional 17-inch sport terrain tires. The certification labe...
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GM recalls Rugged Liner hard, tri-fold tonneau covers

The tonneau cover may detach from the pickup bed

General Motors is recalling 14,919 Rugged Liner hard, tri-fold tonneau covers sold as accessories for model year 2019-2020 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 series trucks.

The attachment system may not properly secure the cover to the pickup bed.

If the cover separates from the truck bed, it could be a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the tonneau rails and install improved attachments free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin June 1, 2020.

Owners may contact GM customer service at (586) 596-1733. GM's number for this recall is N192285070.

General Motors is recalling 14,919 Rugged Liner hard, tri-fold tonneau covers sold as accessories for model year 2019-2020 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sier...
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GM recalls Chevrolet Silverado 1500s and GMC Sierra 1500s

The vehicle's electronic brake assist may be disabled

General Motors is recalling 148,055 model year 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500s and GMC Sierra 1500s.

The vehicles received updated software for the Electronic Brake Control Module (EBCM). However, the software has an error, and as a result, the electronic brake assist may be disabled.

A loss of electronic brake assist can increase the risk of a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the EBCM free of charge.

The recall was expected to begin February 10, 2020.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020 or GMC customer service at (888) 988-7267. GM's number for this recall is N192268091.

General Motors is recalling 148,055 model year 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500s and GMC Sierra 1500s.The vehicles received updated software for the Elect...
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GM recalls Chevrolet Silverado 2500s & 3500s, and GMC Sierra 2500s and 3500s

The passenger front airbag inflators could explode

General Motors is recalling 699 model year 2007-2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500s & 3500s, and GMC Sierra 2500s and 3500s with non-desiccated, passenger front airbag inflators containing phase stabilized ammonium nitrate (PSAN) propellant that were used as interim remedy parts for previous Takata recalls.

The inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures, and high temperature cycling.

An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the front passenger or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger airbag inflators free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin February 24, 2020.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020 or GMC customer service at (866) 522-9559. GM's number for this recall is N192290990.

General Motors is recalling 699 model year 2007-2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500s & 3500s, and GMC Sierra 2500s and 3500s with non-desiccated, passenger front...
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GM recalls model year Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500s

A possible battery issue could cause a vehicle stall

General Motors is recalling 350,371 model year 2019-2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 trucks.

The battery positive (B+) cable rings may have been manufactured with excessive glue, potentially causing an intermittent electrical connection between the B+ cable and alternator.

An intermittent electrical connection between the B+ battery cable and the alternator could cause the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

The intermittent connection could also lead to electrical arcing, which could generate sufficient heat to damage surrounding material, increasing the risk of a fire.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect for the presence of glue or other contamination at the B+ cable attachment to the alternator and clean the connection and reattach the B+ cable connection, as necessary.

If arcing has damaged the cable, nut, or alternator, the dealer will replace the damaged components free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin January 27, 2020.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020 or GMC customer service at (888) 988-7267. GM's number for this recall is N192273510.

General Motors is recalling 350,371 model year 2019-2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 trucks.The battery positive (B+) cable rings may...
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GM recalls Chevrolet and GMC trucks with carpet floor covering

Hot gas may vent when the front seat belt pretensioners deploy

General Motors is recalling 556,399 model year 2019-2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500s & GMC Sierra 1500s, and model year 2020 Silverado 2500s, Silverado 3500s, Sierra 2500s and Sierra 3500s with carpet floor covering.

When the front seat belt pretensioners deploy, hot gas may vent through an opening in the pretensioner bracket, possibly igniting the carpet.

A vehicle fire could result if materials ignite inside the vehicle.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will close off the opening in the pretensioner bracket free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020or GMC customer service at (888) 988-7267. GM's number for this recall is N192270600.

General Motors is recalling 556,399 model year 2019-2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500s & GMC Sierra 1500s, and model year 2020 Silverado 2500s, Silverado 3500s...
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GM recalls vehicles with possible braking issue

The vehicle may pull to one side unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash

General Motors is recalling 638,068 model year 2015-2020 Chevrolet Suburbans, Tahoes, & Yukons, and model year 2014-2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500s and GMC Sierra 1500s vehicles equipped with a 5.3-liter engine, a 3.08-ratio rear axle and four-wheel drive.

If a wheel-speed sensor fails, the Electronic-Brake Control Module (EBCM) software may activate the driveline-protection system.

Unintended activation of the driveline-protection system will cause unintended braking on the wheel on the opposite side of the failed sensor, causing the vehicle to pull to one side unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the EBCM free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at (800) 630-2438 or GMC customer service at (800) 462-8782. GM's number for this recall is N192261050.

General Motors is recalling 638,068 model year 2015-2020 Chevrolet Suburbans, Tahoes, & Yukons, and model year 2014-2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500s and GMC...
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GM recalls model year 2020 Cadillac CT6s

The tire pressure monitoring system sensors do not function properly

General Motors is recalling 81 model year 2020 Cadillac CT6s equipped with dealer-installed accessory 20" x 8.50" wheels (RPO 5JO or SHH).

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) sensors use the incorrect wireless radio frequency and cannot illuminate the low pressure warning light when the tire pressure drops below the recommended level.

Drivers may drive the vehicle with low tire pressure without a low tire pressure warning, negatively affecting the vehicle handling and increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace all four TPMS sensors with the correct sensors free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact GM customer service at (586) 596-1733. GM's number for this recall is N192279200.

General Motors is recalling 81 model year 2020 Cadillac CT6s equipped with dealer-installed accessory 20" x 8.50" wheels (RPO 5JO or SHH).The tire pres...
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GM recalls model year 2020 Chevrolet Equinox vehicles

The rear brakes may drag

General Motors is recalling 166 model year 2020 Chevrolet Equinox vehicles.

The rear brake calipers may have been produced with an incorrect lubricant, potentially causing the rubber seals to swell and the brakes to drag.

Brake drag may result in overheating of the brake pads, affecting the braking ability and increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear brake calipers, including the brake hose gasket, brake fluid and wheel to hub lubricant, free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at (800) 630-2438. GM's number for this recall is N192270920.

General Motors is recalling 166 model year 2020 Chevrolet Equinox vehicles.The rear brake calipers may have been produced with an incorrect lubricant,...
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GM recalls replacement flip-key ignition transmitter assemblies

The driver may accidentally move the ignition out of the run position

General Motors is recalling 10,740 replacement flip-key ignition transmitter assemblies sold as replacement equipment for model year 2010-2015 Chevrolet Camaros.

The driver may accidentally bump the ignition key with their knee, moving the ignition out of the run position and turning off the engine.

Once the engine is off, the vehicle can lose power steering and power braking, increasing the risk of a crash. The airbags may not deploy in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, replace the key with the flat blade design, free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020. GM's number for this recall is N192223230.

General Motors is recalling 10,740 replacement flip-key ignition transmitter assemblies sold as replacement equipment for model year 2010-2015 Chevrolet Ca...
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GM recalls model year 2015-2018 Chevrolet Trax vehicles

The lower-control arm could separate from the vehicle, affecting steering

General Motors is recalling 93,693 model year 2015-2018 Chevrolet Trax vehicles.

A joint in one or both of the front lower-control arms may have been improperly welded, resulting in the partial separation of the lower-control arm from the vehicle.

This could cause the attached front wheel to toe outward, affecting the vehicle's handling and steering and increasing the risk of crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the left and right front lower-control arms, replacing them as necessary free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020. GM's number for this recall is A192261870.

General Motors is recalling 93,693 model year 2015-2018 Chevrolet Trax vehicles.A joint in one or both of the front lower-control arms may have been im...
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GM recalls model year 2018 Chevrolet Malibus

The fuel injectors may be disabled

General Motors is recalling 177,276 model year 2018 Chevrolet Malibus equipped with 1.5L turbo engines.

An error in the Engine Control Module (ECM) software may result in the fuel injectors being disabled.

Disabled fuel injectors would prevent the engine from starting and may cause a stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the ECM software free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact GM customer service at (800) 630-2438. GM's number for this recall is N192221960.

General Motors is recalling 177,276 model year 2018 Chevrolet Malibus equipped with 1.5L turbo engines.An error in the Engine Control Module (ECM) soft...
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GM recalls Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse vehicles

The right-hand frame rail in the engine compartment may be cracked

General Motors is recalling 3,420 model year 2020 Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse vehicles.

The right-hand frame rail in the engine compartment may be cracked, which may reduce crash performance and increase the risk of an injury.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, replace the vehicle free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at (800) 630-2438 or Buick customer service at (800) 521-7300. GM's number for this recall is N192268310.

General Motors is recalling 3,420 model year 2020 Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse vehicles.The right-hand frame rail in the engine compartment may...
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General Motors recalls Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles

The seatbelt-unfastened warning light will not illuminate as designed

General Motors is recalling 91,399 model year 2019 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles.

The seatbelt-unfastened warning light will not illuminate or approximately five seconds after the ignition is moved to the "on" or "start" position.

Without the warning reminder, the driver may forget to fasten the seatbelt, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the instrument panel cluster free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at (800) 630-2438 or GMC customer service at (800) 462-8782. GM's number for this recall is N192264500.

General Motors is recalling 91,399 model year 2019 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles.The seatbelt-unfastened warning light will not illuminate...
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Model year 2016-2019 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles recalled

The rear-quarter windows may be tempered glass instead of laminated glass

General Motors is recalling 1,159 model year 2016-2019 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles.

One or both of the rear-quarter windows may be tempered glass instead of laminated glass.

Tempered glass increases the risk of injury in the event of a side impact or rollover crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the tempered glass windows with laminated glass windows as necessary free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-586-596-1733. GM's number for this recall is N192218960.

General Motors is recalling 1,159 model year 2016-2019 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles.One or both of the rear-quarter windows may be tempere...
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GM recalls Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras

A short-circuit may damage the engine components

General Motors is recalling 324,226 model year 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500s, 5500s & 6500s, model year 2017-2019 Silverado 2500s & 3500s, and GMC Sierra 2500s and 3500s with Duramax 6.6 liter diesel engines and an optional engine-block heater.

The engine block heater cord or the terminals that connect the heater cord to the block heater may short circuit and fail.

A short-circuit may damage the engine components and increase the risk of fire.

What to do

The remedy for this recall is still under development.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-586-596-1733. GM's number for this recall is N182206310.

General Motors is recalling 324,226 model year 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500s, 5500s & 6500s, model year 2017-2019 Silverado 2500s & 3500s, and GMC Sierra...
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GM recalls model year 2017-2019 Chevrolet Trax vehicles

The vehicle may not handle properly, increasing the risk of crash

General Motors is recalling 112,958 model year 2017-2019 Chevrolet Trax vehicles.

A joint in one or both of the front lower-control arms may have been improperly welded, resulting in the partial separation of the lower-control arm from the vehicle.

A partial separation of the lower-control arm from the vehicle could cause the attached front wheel to toe outward, affecting the vehicle's handling and steering and increasing the risk of crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the left and right front lower-control arms, replacing them as necessary free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is A182202370.

General Motors is recalling 112,958 model year 2017-2019 Chevrolet Trax vehicles.A joint in one or both of the front lower-control arms may have been i...
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GM recalls Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles

The rear-right seat may have insufficient welds on the head-restraint bracket

General Motors is recalling 120 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles.

The rear-right seat may have insufficient welds on the head-restraint bracket.

In the event of a crash, the insufficient welds may result in an increased risk of injury for an occupant seated in the rear-right position.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear-right seatback frame free of charge.

The recall was expected to begin on April 15, 2019.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020 or GMC customer service at (800) 462-8782. GM's number for this recall is N192209550.

General Motors is recalling 120 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles.The rear-right seat may have insufficient welds on the head-restraint bracke...
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GM recalls model year 2019 Cadillac CT6 vehicles

Turn-signals will not self-cancel after a turn

General Motors is recalling five model year 2019 Cadillac CT6 vehicles.

Rotation of the steering wheel does not automatically cancel the turn-signals from flashing.

If the turn-signals do not automatically deactivate, the driver may fail to turn them off manually. An erroneous active turn-signal may mislead pedestrians and other drivers, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

GM has notified owners, and dealers will replace the turn-signal switch.

The recall began March 11, 2019.

Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. The Cadillac number for this recall is N182207090.

General Motors is recalling five model year 2019 Cadillac CT6 vehicles.Rotation of the steering wheel does not automatically cancel the turn-signals fr...
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GM recalls GMC Sierra 3500 and Chevrolet Silverado 3500 trucks

The rear fuel tank may overfill the front tank.

General Motors is recalling 18,574 model year 2016-2018 GMC Sierra 3500 and Chevrolet Silverado 3500 trucks equipped with gasoline engines and dual fuel tanks.

The fuel-level sensor in the front tank may stick in a low-level position, allowing the rear tank to overfill the front tank.

If the front tank overfills, the excess pressure may cause the front tank to expand and contact the driveshaft, possibly resulting in a hole in the tank. The hole will leak fuel, which in the presence of an ignition source, can increase the risk of a fire.

What to do

GM has notified owners, and dealers will replace the rear-tank fuel-pump module, inspect the front tank and, if necessary, replace the front tank free of charge.

Owners were mailed interim notices informing them of the safety risk on March 5, 2019. Owners will receive a second notice when the remedy becomes available.

GM's number for this recall is N182204190.

General Motors is recalling 18,574 model year 2016-2018 GMC Sierra 3500 and Chevrolet Silverado 3500 trucks equipped with gasoline engines and dual fuel ta...
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GM recalls Cadillacs, Camaros, and Corvettes

The electric power steering assist system may fail.

General Motors is recalling 26,772 model year 2016-2018 Cadillac CTSs, and model year 2017 Cadillac ATSs, Chevrolet Camaros, and Chevrolet Corvettes.

The electric power steering (EPS) assist system may fail, requiring a higher steering effort -- especially at lower speeds -- which may increase the risk of a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the power steering gear assembly free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin in March 2019.

GM's number for this recall is N182182760.

General Motors is recalling 26,772 model year 2016-2018 Cadillac CTSs, and model year 2017 Cadillac ATSs, Chevrolet Camaros, and Chevrolet Corvettes.Th...
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General Motors recalls model year 2019 Cadillac XTS vehicles

The front seat belt buckles may be missing a rivet

General Motors is recalling 175 model year 2019 Cadillac XTS vehicles.

The front seat belt buckles may be missing a rivet that secures the buckle head to the cable mounting strap.

If the securing rivet is missing, the buckle may separate from the cable mounting strap in the event of a crash, preventing the occupant from being properly restrained, thereby increasing the risk of injury.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the front seat buckle assemblies, replacing them if the rivets are missing, free of charge.

The recall was expected to begin on February 8, 2019.

Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is N18-2204040.

General Motors is recalling 175 model year 2019 Cadillac XTS vehicles.The front seat belt buckles may be missing a rivet that secures the buckle head t...
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GM recalls Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cabs and GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cabs

The passenger-side front airbag may not inflate properly

General Motors is recalling 154 model year 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cabs and GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cabs.

The passenger-side front airbag module may have been damaged during assembly, possibly resulting in the airbag not inflating properly in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger side air bag module, free of charge.

The recall was expected to begin on December 26, 2018.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020 and GMC customer service at (800) 462-8782. GM's number for this recall is N182198820.

General Motors is recalling 154 model year 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cabs and GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cabs.The passenger-side front airbag module...
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GM recalls Buick Encore, Chevrolet Spark, Traverse and Trax vehicles

The airbags may not deploy in the event of a crash

General Motors is recalling 12 model year 2019 Buick Encore, Chevrolet Spark, Traverse and Trax vehicles.

The Sensing Diagnostic Module (SDM) on these vehicle may not have been turned off of "manufacturing mode," preventing the airbags from deploying in the event of a crash.

Failure of the airbags to deploy in the event of a crash can increase the risk of injury.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the SDM module to the correct mode, free of charge.

The recall began November 6, 2018.

Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300 and Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 18365.

General Motors is recalling 12 model year 2019 Buick Encore, Chevrolet Spark, Traverse and Trax vehicles.The Sensing Diagnostic Module (SDM) on these v...
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GM recalls model year 2018-2019 Cadillacs Chevys and GMC Yukons

It may not be possible to secure a child seat properly

General Motors is recalling 15,800 model year 2018-2019 Cadillac CT6s, Escalade ESVs, Chevrolet Suburbans, Volts, and GMC Yukon XLs.

Certain second-row or third-row rear seatbelt retractor assemblies may not automatically lock when the seatbelt is fully pulled out of the retractor, possibly preventing a child seat from being properly secured.

If the child seat is not properly secured in the event of a crash, the child may face an increased risk of injury.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear seatbelt retractors and replace them if necessary, free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 18315.

General Motors is recalling 15,800 model year 2018-2019 Cadillac CT6s, Escalade ESVs, Chevrolet Suburbans, Volts, and GMC Yukon XLs.Certain second-row...
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GM recalls 2016-2018 Chevrolet Express and GMC Sierra vehicles

Components within the rear climate control module may overheat

General Motors is recalling 3,028 model year 2016-2018 Chevrolet Express and GMC Sierra vehicles equipped with a single, manual, rear climate control module (CCM).

If the temperature is set to maximum heat or the mode knob is set to maximum floor vent and an electrical short occurs, components within the CCM may overheat.

This could increase the risk of a fire in the vehicle's headliner.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will remove the electrical insulation from a wiring connector within the CCM to remove the fire risk, free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 18299.

General Motors is recalling 3,028 model year 2016-2018 Chevrolet Express and GMC Sierra vehicles equipped with a single, manual, rear climate control modul...
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Model year 2014-2016 Cadillac CTS vehicles recalled

The flexible heating mats in the front seats may be damaged over time

General Motors is recalling 53,586 model year 2014-2016 Cadillac CTS vehicles, equipped with heated front seats. The flexible heating mats in the front seats may be damaged over time, resulting in the seat heaters producing excessive heat.

In cold ambient temperatures, the seat heaters in these vehicles can turn on automatically when the vehicle is remotely started. If a damaged seat heater is turned on while no one is inside the vehicle, it can overheat, increasing the risk of a fire.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will recalibrate the body control module, disabling the automatic activation of the heated seat when the vehicle is remotely started, free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for the recall is 18286.

General Motors is recalling 53,586 model year 2014-2016 Cadillac CTS vehicles, equipped with heated front seats. The flexible heating mats in the front sea...
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General Motors recalls vehicles with brake pedal issue

The brake pedal may come loose

General Motors is recalling 41,468 model year 2015-2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500s, 3500s, 1500 Crew Cab Special Services, Tahoe Police Pursuit/Special Services, GMC Sierra 2500s, and 3500s vehicles.

The brake pedal pivot nut may loosen, causing the brake pedal to be loose or inoperative.

If the brake pedal becomes loose or inoperative, the driver may be unable to stop the vehicle by using the brake pedal.

Additionally, a loose pedal may also interfere with the accelerator pedal.

Either condition may increase the risk of a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will add adhesive to the nut and reinstall the nut with increased tightness, free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020, or GMC customer service at (800) 462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 18278.

General Motors is recalling 41,468 model year 2015-2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500s, 3500s, 1500 Crew Cab Special Services, Tahoe Police Pursuit/Special Serv...
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Braking issue prompts recall of numerous GM vehicles

Rear brake performance may be reduced, increasing a crash risk

General Motors is recalling 210,628 model year 2018-2019 Chevrolet Equinox, Impala, Cruze, Volt & Bolt EV vehicles, GMC Terrain vehicles, Buick Lacrosse & Regal vehicles, Cadillac XTS & XTS Professional vehicles and model year 2018 Chevrolet Malibus.

The rear brake caliper pistons may have an insufficient coating causing gas pockets to form, potentially reducing rear brake performance.

A reduction of braking performance can increase the risk of a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will bleed the vehicle's brake system, free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Buick customer service at (800) 521-7300, Cadillac customer service at (800) 458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020, or GMC customer service at (800) 462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 18279.

General Motors is recalling 210,628 model year 2018-2019 Chevrolet Equinox, Impala, Cruze, Volt & Bolt EV vehicles, GMC Terrain vehicles, Buick Lacrosse &...
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GM recalls 1 million vehicles with power steering issue

Electric power steering assist may operate intermittently

General Motors is recalling 1,015,918 model year 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500s, Tahoes & Suburbans, GMC Sierra 1500s & Yukons, and Cadillac Escalades.

Electric power steering (EPS) assist may be lost momentarily, followed by a sudden return.

If EPS assist is lost and then suddenly returns, the driver may have difficulty steering the vehicle, especially at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the EPS module software, free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 and GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 18289.

General Motors is recalling 1,015,918 model year 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500s, Tahoes & Suburbans, GMC Sierra 1500s & Yukons, and Cadillac Escalades....
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General Motors recalls Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles

The Tire Pressure Monitoring System may be calibrated incorrectly

General Motors is recalling 94 model year 2018 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles with certain combinations of front-tire and gross-vehicle-weight option codes.

The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) may be incorrectly calibrated, causing the TPMS warning lamp to illuminate when tire pressure reaches 37 PSI, not 41 PSI.

If the low tire pressure telltale is not illuminated at the correct tire pressure, the driver may have less time to react to a low-tire-pressure situation, which could affect the driver's ability to control the vehicle in certain situations and could increase the risk of a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will check the PSI information on the remote control door lock receiver (RCDLR) and tire placard match, and if the information is different the RCDLR will be reprogrammed. This repair will be done free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 18255.

General Motors is recalling 94 model year 2018 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles with certain combinations of front-tire and gross-vehicle-weight o...
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Model year 2016-2018 Cadillac CT6s recalled

A child seat may not attach correctly to the anchorage bar

General Motors is recalling 22,043 model year 2016-2018 Cadillac CT6s.

The inboard child seat anchorage bars may have had excess structural adhesive applied during assembly, which can interfere with the installation of a child seat.

If the child seat cannot be attached correctly to the anchorage bar, there is an increased the risk of injury.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect, remove any excess adhesive, and apply anti-corrosion primer to the inboard child seat anchorage bars, free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 18228.

General Motors is recalling 22,043 model year 2016-2018 Cadillac CT6s.The inboard child seat anchorage bars may have had excess structural adhesive app...
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General Motors recalls vehicles with fuel pump issue

The high pressure fuel pump may detach from its mounting flange

General Motors is recalling 848 model year 2018 Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac ATS, Chevrolet Equinox, Malibu & Colorado, and GMC Terrain, Acadia & Canyon vehicles.

The high pressure fuel pump may detach from its mounting flange, possibly resulting in the pump damaging the high pressure fuel line, and increasing the risk of a fire.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the high pressure fuel pump, and high pressure fuel pipe, free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 18188.

General Motors is recalling 848 model year 2018 Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac ATS, Chevrolet Equinox, Malibu & Colorado, and GMC Terrain, Acadia & Canyon vehicl...
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Model year 2018 GMC Terrain vehicles recalled

The sensing diagnostic module that deploys air bags may malfunction

General Motors is recalling 88,129 model year 2018 GMC Terrain vehicles.

The sensing diagnostic module (SDM) that senses a crash and deploys the necessary air bags may not power down correctly when the vehicle is shut off, causing it to be inoperative when the vehicle is restarted.

If the SDM becomes inoperative, it will not detect a crash or command the necessary air bag deployment, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the SDM with updated software, free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 18179.

General Motors is recalling 88,129 model year 2018 GMC Terrain vehicles.The sensing diagnostic module (SDM) that senses a crash and deploys the necessa...
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GM recalls vehicles with driver's seat belt issue

The driver's seat belt pretensioner cable may become fatigued or break

General Motors is recalling about 23,000 model year 2015-2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500s, 2500s and 3500s, and Tahoe Police Pursuit and Special-Service vehicles.

The flexible steel cable connecting the driver's seat belt to the outboard side of the seat may be repeatedly bent over the seat side shield as the driver enters and exits the vehicle causing the cable to fatigue and separate.

If the pretensioner cable becomes fatigued or breaks, the driver may not be properly restrained in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the pretensioner cable and seat side-shield, free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 18156.

General Motors is recalling about 23,000 model year 2015-2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500s, 2500s and 3500s, and Tahoe Police Pursuit and Special-Service vehi...
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GM recalls Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles

Liquid may leak into the driver's power window switch

General Motors is recalling 207,483 model year 2014-2017 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles equipped with power windows.

Liquid may leak into the driver's power window switch and cause corrosion, resulting in high electrical resistance and increase the risk of a fire.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver side window switch, free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782.

GM's number for this recall is 18155.

General Motors is recalling 207,483 model year 2014-2017 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles equipped with power windows.Liquid may leak into the...
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GM recalls 2018 Chevrolet Equinox vehicles over improperly tempered glass

If broken, the glass could fragment into large pieces and cause injury

General Motors has issued a recall for nearly 400 2018 Chevrolet Equinox vehicles because the front driver and passenger door windows may not be properly tempered. 

The automaker warns that the improperly tempered glass could potentially break into larger pieces if the windows are broken, increasing the risk of injury to drivers and passengers. 

What to do

GM has stated that it will notify owners and dealers of issue so that the glass in affected vehicles can be replaced free of charge. The company expects the recall to officially begin on May 11.

Owners can contact Chevrolet customer service for more information at 1-800-222-1020. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) can also be reached at its hotline by dialing 1-888-327-4236.

General Motors has issued a recall for nearly 400 2018 Chevrolet Equinox vehicles because the front driver and passenger door windows may not be properly t...
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Model year 2018 Buick Regals recalled

The rear seat belts may fail to restrain passengers adequately

General Motors is recalling 8,738 model year 2018 Buick Regals.

During the manufacturing process, the rear seat belts may have been improperly routed around the bolster bracket on the rear outboard seats, which can cause inadequate restraint of passengers.

Failure of the seat belt to restrain passengers adequately in a crash can increase the risk of injury.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear outboard seat belts, correcting the routing of the seat belts as necessary, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin June 5, 2018.

Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300. GM's number for this recall is 18117.

General Motors is recalling 8,738 model year 2018 Buick Regals.During the manufacturing process, the rear seat belts may have been improperly routed ar...
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General Motors recalls Cadillac CT6 vehicles

The seat belt webbing may detach from the seat anchor

General Motors is recalling 131 model year 2016 Cadillac CT6 vehicles manufactured July 21, 2016, to July 22, 2016.

The bolt that connects the front passenger seat belt webbing to the seat's anchor plate may be missing. Without the bolt, the seat belt webbing may detach from the seat anchor.

If the seat belt webbing detaches from the seat anchor, the seat belt may not properly restrain the front seat passenger in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the existing front passenger seat belt webbing anchor bolt, or install a bolt if it is missing, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 24, 2016.

Owners should not allow anyone to sit in the front passenger seat until the recall remedy has been performed.

Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 16035. 

General Motors is recalling 131 model year 2016 Cadillac CT6 vehicles manufactured July 21, 2016, to July 22, 2016.The bolt that connects the front pas...
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Model year 2016 Cruze vehicles

The headlights may be improperly aimed during service

General Motors is recalling 32,913 model year 2016 Cruze vehicles manufactured November 5, 2015, to May 26, 2016.

The headlight assemblies are not marked with a three-digit identifier code used to properly aim the headlights. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Assoc. Equipment."

Without the identification code, the headlights may be improperly aimed during service, reducing nighttime visibility and increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

GM will mail owners instructions and adhesive labels, with the correct code, to install on their headlight assemblies. Owners may also bring the vehicle to a GM dealership for any assistance with applying the label, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet Customer Service Department at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 50190.

General Motors is recalling 32,913 model year 2016 Cruze vehicles manufactured November 5, 2015, to May 26, 2016. The headlight assemblies are not ...
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General Motors recalls vehicles with defective electronic park lock levers

The electronic park lock lever may allow the ignition key to be removed without the transmission being in PARK

General Motors is recalling model year 2016-2017 Buick Veranos and 2016 Chevrolet Malibus whose electronic park lock lever may allow the ignition key to be removed without the transmission being in PARK.

Additionally, 2013 Buick Encores, 2011 Buick Regals, 2013-2014 Buick Veranos, 2011-2016 Chevrolet Cruzes, 2010-2013 Chevrolet Equinoxs 2013-2015 Chevrolet Malibus, and 2011-2013 GMC Terrain vehicles may have been serviced with similar defective replacement electronic park lock levers. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."

If the key is removed without the transmission in PARK, the vehicle may roll away as occupants are exiting, increasing the risk of injury.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and if necessary replace the key cylinder lock housing, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, Buiick 1-800-521-7300, and GMC 1-800-462-8782. GM's numbers for this recall are 50490 and 50491.

General Motors is recalling model year 2016-2017 Buick Veranos and 2016 Chevrolet Malibus whose electronic park lock lever may allow the ignition key to be...
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Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles recalled

The certification labels may have incorrect tire/rim size and cold tire pressure information

General Motors is recalling 17 model year 2016 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles manufactured October 16, 2015.

The certification labels may have incorrect tire/rim size and cold tire pressure information. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, "Tire Selection and Rims."

If the information on the certification labels is incorrect, the operator may install incorrectly sized tires or rims or may improperly inflate the tires, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the certification label, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1050, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 46600.

General Motors is recalling 17 model year 2016 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles manufactured October 16, 2015. The certification labels m...
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Chevrolet Sonic, Trax and Spark vehicles recalled

The seatbelt and ignition warning chime may not function properly

General Motors is recalling 18,780 model year 2015-2016 Chevrolet Sonic and Trax, and 2013-2015 Spark vehicles equipped with a Bring Your Own Media radio.

The radios may fail to provide an audible warning chime when the driver fails to fasten the seatbelt or leaves the key in the ignition. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) numbers 208 "Occupant Crash Protection" and 114 "Theft Protection."

Without audible indicators, the driver may not fasten the seatbelt, increasing the risk of injury during a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the radio software, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 45340.

General Motors is recalling 18,780 model year 2015-2016 Chevrolet Sonic and Trax, and 2013-2015 Spark vehicles equipped with a Bring Your Own Media radio....
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General Motors recalls model year 2016 Chevrolet Malibus

The vehicles could lose electronically controlled brake systems

General Motors is recalling 66 model year 2016 Chevrolet Malibus manufactured March 7, 2016, through March 12, 2016.

The memory chip in the electronic brake control module (EBCM) may fail and cause the loss of electronically controlled brake systems including anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC). As such, these vehicles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 126, "Electronic Stability Control Systems."

If the EBCM fails the primary braking system will still function, however, the loss of ABS and ESC increase the risk of a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will install a replacement EBCM, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on June 10, 2016.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020). GM's number for this recall is 39440.

General Motors is recalling 66 model year 2016 Chevrolet Malibus manufactured March 7, 2016, through March 12, 2016. The memory chip in the electro...
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Chevrolet Sonic, Trax and Spark vehicles recalled

The radio may fail to provide an audible warning chime

General Motors is recalling 317,572 model year 2013-2016 Chevrolet Sonic and Trax vehicles and 2013-2015 Chevrolet Spark vehicles equipped with a Bring Your Own Media radio.

The radios may fail to provide an audible warning chime when the driver, after turning off the ignition and leaving the key in the cylinder, waits 10 minutes or longer to open the door. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114 "Theft Protection."

Without audible indicators, the driver may leave the key in the ignition, increasing the risk of theft.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the radio software, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 17130.

General Motors is recalling 317,572 model year 2013-2016 Chevrolet Sonic and Trax vehicles and 2013-2015 Chevrolet Spark vehicles equipped with a Bring You...
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GM recalls various vehicles with steering issue

The front upper control arms may have inadequate welds that can affect steering

General Motors is recalling 4,789 model year 2016-2017 Chevrolet Silverados; 1500 and 2016 Cadillac Escalades, Cadillac Escalade ESVs, Chevrolet Suburbans, Chevrolet Tahoes, GMC Sierras, GMC Yukons and GMC Yukon XLs.

The front upper control arms may have inadequate welds near the control arm bushing that may allow the control arm to separate from the bushing, compromising steering and increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the left and right front upper control arms and realign the vehicle, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. Owners will be mailed an interim notification in early May 2016 and will be mailed a second notice when remedy parts are available. Until the repairs have been made, owners are advised not to drive their vehicles.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 42190.

General Motors is recalling 4,789 model year 2016-2017 Chevrolet Silverados; 1500 and 2016 Cadillac Escalades, Cadillac Escalade ESVs, Chevrolet Suburbans,...
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GM recalls model year 2016 Buick Regals

The power-steering assist system may fail

General Motors is recalling 74 model year 2016 Buick Regals manufactured August 30, 2015, to February 12, 2016.

The realled vehicles have a power-steering assist system that may fail, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the electric belt drive rack and pinion steering gear assembly, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300. GM's number for this recall is 21510.

General Motors is recalling 74 model year 2016 Buick Regals manufactured August 30, 2015, to February 12, 2016. The realled vehicles have a power-s...
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General Motors recalls vehicles with braking issue

The brake pedal could loosen or become inoperative

General Motors is recalling 426,593 model year 2015-2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 heavy duty trucks manufactured October 1, 2013, to February 1, 2016; 2015-2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicles (PPV) manufactured March 1, 2014, to February 1, 2016; and 2015-2016 GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 heavy duty trucks manufactured October 29, 2013, to February 1, 2016.

The brake pedal pivot nut may loosen, causing the brake pedal to be loose or inoperative. If the brake pedal becomes loose or inoperative, the driver may be unable to stop the vehicle by using the brake pedal. Additionally, a loose pedal may also interfere with the accelerator pedal. Either condition may increase the risk of a crash.

What to do

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake pedal pivot nuts, adding thread adhesive and tightening the nut as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 20760.

General Motors is recalling 426,593 model year 2015-2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 heavy duty trucks manufactured October 1, 2013, to February 1, 2...
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GM recalls Chevy Cruze vehicles

One of the driver-side seat belt assembly bolts may not be tightened properly

General Motors is recalling 15 model year 2015 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles manufactured September 24, 2014, to May 29, 2015.

One of the driver-side seat belt assembly bolts may not be tightened properly. An insufficiently torqued bolt may prevent the seat belt from holding the required load in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and tighten the bolts, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 15777.

General Motors is recalling 15 model year 2015 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles manufactured September 24, 2014, to May 29, 2015. One of the driver-side se...
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GM recalls Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave vehicles

The third row left lower seat frame may have welds that are not in the correction location

General Motors is recalling certain 2,633 year 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave vehicles manufactured November 6, 2015, to November 12, 2015.

The recalled vehicles have a third row left lower seat frame that may have welds that are not in the correction location.

If the seat frame is not welded in the correct places, the seat may not perform as intended, and in the event of a crash, the seat occupant could be at an increased risk of injury.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the third row left side lower seat frame, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782 or Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300. GM's number for this recall is 21930.

General Motors is recalling certain 2,633 year 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave vehicles manufactured November 6, 2015, to November 1...
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Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pick up trucks recalled

The air bags may not deploy properly

General Motors is recalling 60 model year 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pick up trucks manufactured October 13, 2015, to October 14, 2015.

The mounting stud used to secure the air bag sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) may be incorrectly positioned, and as a result, the SDM housing could fracture.

If the SDM housing fractures, water may get into SDM causing it to malfunction and hinder the proper deployment of the air bags in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of occupant injury.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will have the mounting stud repositioned and the SDM replaced, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 15794.

General Motors is recalling 60 model year 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pick up trucks manufactured October 13, 2015, to October 14, 2015. ...
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Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks recalled

The console compartment door may not remain closed in the event of a crash

General Motors is recalling 8,763 model year 2016 Chevrolet Colorado trucks manufactured August 25, 2015, to September 24, 2015; and GMC Canyon trucks manufactured August 28, 2015, to September 24, 2015.

The recalled vehicles have a console compartment lid latch assembly that may fail to keep the compartment door closed in the event of a crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 201, "Occupant Protection in Interior Impact."

If the console compartment door does not remain closed in a crash, the contents inside may strike the vehicle occupants, increasing their risk of injury.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the console compartment door latch assembly, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 16370.

General Motors is recalling 8,763 model year 2016 Chevrolet Colorado trucks manufactured August 25, 2015, to September 24, 2015; and GMC Canyon trucks manu...
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GM recalls various compressed natural gas vehicles

The text of the CNG fuel-only label is smaller than the required size

General Motors is recalling 1,808 model year 2013-2014 Chevrolet Silverado HD, Chevrolet Express, and GMC Sierra HD vehicles, and model year 2013 GMC Savana compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles.

The text of the CNG fuel-only label is smaller than the required size, and as a result, may be less noticeable. Thus, the vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 303 "Fuel System Integrity of Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles."

Text that does not conform to the required labeling size could inhibit fuel tank inspection practices and safe refueling, increasing the risk of a fire.

GM will notify owners and will send them a replacement label, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 13365.

General Motors is recalling 1,808 model year 2013-2014 Chevrolet Silverado HD, Chevrolet Express, and GMC Sierra HD vehicles, and model year 2013 GMC Savan...
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GM recalls vehicles with ignition issue

The ignition may get stuck in the "Start" position

General Motors is recalling 3,073 model year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks manufactured January 24, 2014, to February 26, 2014, 2015; Chevrolet Suburban vehicles manufactured February 12, 2014; and Chevrolet Tahoe vehicles manufactured February 6, 2014, to February 13, 2014.

The ignition lock actuator may bind, making turning the key difficult or causing the ignition to get stuck in the "Start" position.

If stuck in the "Start" position, the ignition may suddenly snap back into the "Accessory" position, causing a loss of engine, steering, and braking power, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. If the vehicle is in a crash, the air bags may not deploy, increasing the risk of occupant injury.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ignition lock housing, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 15573.

General Motors is recalling 3,073 model year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks manufactured January 24, 2014, to February 26, 2014, 2015;...
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GM recalls vehicles with electrical issue

The vehicles' window switches may become inoperative

General Motors is recalling 9,932 model year 2006-2007 Buick Rainier, Chevrolet Trailblazer and GMC Envoy vehicles, and 2006 GMC Envoy XL and Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT vehicles.

Fluid may enter into the driver's door master power window switch module, causing corrosion that could result in a short in the circuit board, causing window switches to become inoperative. Previously, the affected vehicles may have had their master power window switch module treated with a protective coating, instead of having it replaced.

The protective coating may not eliminate the risk that the circuit board could short and result in a fire, even while the vehicle is unattended.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will install a new driver's door switch module, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, and GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 15700.

General Motors is recalling 9,932 model year 2006-2007 Buick Rainier, Chevrolet Trailblazer and GMC Envoy vehicles, and 2006 GMC Envoy XL and Chevrolet Tra...
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General Motors recalls Cadillac ATS sedan

The coil antenna module that powers the rear defogger system may generate excessive heat

General Motors is recalling 96,145 model year 2013-2016 Cadillac ATS sedans manufactured April 23, 2012, to September 2, 2015.

The coil antenna module that powers the rear defogger system may generate excessive heat due to excessive cycling or continuous operation. Excessive heat increases the risk of a fire.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the Electronic Climate Control module to remove the automatic rear defogger "on" function, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 15299.

General Motors is recalling 96,145 model year 2013-2016 Cadillac ATS sedans manufactured April 23, 2012, to September 2, 2015. The coil antenna module th...
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GM expected to settle ignition switch criminal case for $1 billion

No GM employees are expected to face criminal charges even though 124 consumers died

General Motors will pay a fine of about $1 billion to settle a federal criminal investigation into the defective ignition switches that killed at least 124 people, but no GM employees will go to jail, The New York Times reports today.

Critics say the settlement proves the old adage that murdering someone with a gun carries the death penalty but doing so with the stroke of a pen carries only a fine.  

"GM killed over 100 people by knowingly putting a defective ignition switch into over 1 million vehicles. Yet no one from GM went to jail or was even charged with criminal homicide," said Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the non-profit Center for Auto Safety, in an auto safety blog, Care for Crash Victims. "GM killed innocent consumers."

Instead of entering a guilty plea, GM will sign a "deferred-prosecution agreement," the equivalent of probation for corporations, the Times said. 

The fine rivals the $1.2 billion fine Toyota was ordered to pay for concealing unintended acceleration problems.

GM recalled more than three million vehicles -- mostly sedans -- to replace the switches, which could unexpectedly shut off, cutting power to the engine and leaving drivers with no power streering, brakes, or airbags. 

The Times quoted relatives of crash victims as saying that failing to prosecute individual GM employees amounts to "giving GM ... permission to do it again."

Other penalties

In May 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) fined GM $35 million for failing to report a safety defect in the vehicle to the federal government in a timely manner.

The automaker has also paid out millions to the families of victims and still faces numerous individual lawsuits. 

General Motors will pay a fine of about $1 billion to settle a federal criminal investigation into the defective ignition switches that killed at least 124...
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GM fixes total ignition-switch deaths at 124

Millions of cars were recalled because of the defective switches

A final tally of deaths and injuries linked to General Motors' faulty ignition switches finds 124 deaths and 275 injuries, 17 of them serious, although additional cases are pending in the courts.

More than 4,000 claims were filed with Attorney Kenneth Feinberg's office, though 90 percent of them were found to be ineligible. He was hired last year by GM to compensate victims of the faulty switches, which led to the recall of more than 2.6 million vehicles last year.

Those who filed with Feinberg's office waived their right to sue, instead agreeing to let Feinberg's team decide on an appropriate damage award.

GM set aside $625 million to pay victims. It also paid a $35 million fine for not alerting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the defective switches quickly enough.

Death claims were eligible for a $1 million payout for the dead person and $300,000 each for a surviving spouse and any dependents. Awards for severe injuries could go higher, depending on the circumstances.

A final tally of deaths and injuries linked to General Motors' faulty ignition switches finds 124 deaths and 275 injuries, 17...
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GM recalls Cadillac ATS vehicles

The vehicles' roof panel could close automatically when the non-recessed switches are pressed

General Motors is recalling 63,665 model year 2013-2016 Cadillac ATS vehicles manufactured April 25, 2012, to June 25, 2015.

The vehicles' roof panel could close automatically when the non-recessed switches are pressed and the roof panel is open. These vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 118, "Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems."

Because the switch is not recessed, the roof panel switch may inadvertently be pressed resulting in unintended auto-closure of the roof panel, increasing the risk of personal injury.

GM will notify owners and dealers will replace the roof console accessory switch trim plate, free of charge. The recall began on August 19, 2015, and supersedes one issued in February 2015.

Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 15568.

General Motors is recalling 63,665 model year 2013-2016 Cadillac ATS vehicles manufactured April 25, 2012, to June 25, 2015. The vehicles' roof panel cou...
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General Motors recalls Chevrolet Cobalts

An electrical short could disable the driver side curtain air bag

General Motors is recalling 59,474 model year 2010 Chevrolet Cobalts manufactured January 4, 2010, to June 23, 2010.

The vehicles may be equipped with an improperly routed Side-Impact Sensor (SIS) wiring harness in the driver side front door. The misrouted wiring harness could cause an electrical short that disables the driver side curtain air bag.

A disabled driver side roof-rail air bag will not deploy in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of that air bag, increasing the risk of injury to the driver.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the sensor's wiring in the driver's door and make repairs as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 26, 2015.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 15075.

General Motors is recalling 59,474 model year 2010 Chevrolet Cobalts manufactured January 4, 2010, to June 23, 2010. The vehicles may be equipped with an...
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General Motors recalls Chevrolet Cruzes and Volts

The tie rod could separate from the steering gear

General Motors is recalling 10 model year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Cruzes manufactured November 8, 2013, to March 12, 2015, and 2015 Chevrolet Volts manufactured April 11, 2014.

The inner tie rod may not be tightened to specification, allowing the tie rod to separate from the steering gear. This could result in the loss of steering, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering gear assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2015.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 15386.

General Motors is recalling 10 model year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Cruzes manufactured November 8, 2013, to March 12, 2015, and 2015 Chevrolet Volts manufacture...
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Chevrolet Sparks and Sonics recalled

The warning chimes may not function properly

General Motors is recalling 45,785 model year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Sparks manufactured April 30, 2014, to May 20, 2015, and 2015 Chevrolet Sonics manufactured June 18, 2014, to June 10, 2015.

In the recalled vehicles, equipped with the base radio and OnStar, the radio may lock up due to a software issue, causing the display to go blank and all audio functions to cease. Because of this, there may be no warning chimes such as the reminder to buckle the seat belt and the key being left in ignition when the driver goes to exit the vehicle.

Without audible indicators, the driver may leave the key in the ignition, increasing the risk of theft. If a driver or front passenger does not buckle his seat belt, there would be no chime to remind him to do so. Failure to buckle up increases the risk of injury in a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the radio software, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 15504.

General Motors is recalling 45,785 model year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Sparks manufactured April 30, 2014, to May 20, 2015, and 2015 Chevrolet Sonics manufactur...
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Chevy Caprices and Pontiac G8s recalled

The driver seat and the front passenger seat occupants may not be properly restrained in the event of a crash

General Motors is recalling 47,042 model year 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice vehicles manufactured October 15, 2010, to October 22, 2013, and 2008-2009 Pontiac G8 vehicles manufactured July 25, 2007, to February 18, 2009.

The flexible steel cables that connect the seat belts to the vehicle at the outside of the driver seat and the front passenger seat may be bent from being sat on while entering the vehicle. This repeated bending may result in the cable breaking.

If the cable breaks, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained in the event of a crash, increasing their risk of injury.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the seat belt tensioner assembly which includes the steel cable, free of charge. These replacement parts reposition the tensioner cable out of the path of entry into the vehicle and uses a more flexible cable, set at a more upright angle. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or Pontiac customer service at 1-800-762-2737. GM's number for this recall is 15206.

General Motors is recalling 47,042 model year 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice vehicles manufactured October 15, 2010, to October 22, 2013, and 2008-2009 Pontia...
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GM recalls vehicles with power liftgate option

The power liftgate struts may prematurely wear and the open liftgate may suddenly fall

General Motors is recalling 686,287 model year 2008-2012 Buick Enclaves manufactured January 3, 2007, to February 29, 2012; 2009-2012 Chevrolet Traverses manufactured July 6, 2008, to February 29, 2012; 2007-2012 GMC Acadias manufactured September 15, 2006, to February 29, 2012; and 2007-2010 Saturn Outlooks manufactured August 17, 2006, to March 18, 2010.

The vehicles, equipped with the power liftgate option, have gas struts that hold the power liftgate up when open. These struts may prematurely wear and the open liftgate may suddenly fall. If the open liftgate unexpectedly falls, it may strike a person, producing a risk of injury.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the software for the power liftgate actuator motor control unit so that the motor will prevent the rapid closing of the lift gate, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782, and Saturn customer service at 1-800-553-6000. GM's number for this recall is 15240.

General Motors is recalling 686,287 model year 2008-2012 Buick Enclaves manufactured January 3, 2007, to February 29, 2012; 2009-2012 Chevrolet Traverses m...
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General Motors recalls Cadillac ATS and CTS vehicles

The rod that actuates the brakes that may fracture

General Motors is recalling 2,163 model year 2015 Cadillac ATS and CTS vehicles.

The recalled vehicles have a bracket between the brake pedal assembly, and the rod that actuates the brakes that may fracture during normal brake pedal operation. If the bracket fractures, the driver would not be able to apply the brakes, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicle and replace any affected bracket, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 1, 2015.

Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 15352.

General Motors is recalling 2,163 model year 2015 Cadillac ATS and CTS vehicles. The recalled vehicles have a bracket between the brake pedal assembly, a...
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Chevrolet Colorado, and GMC Canyon trucks with leaky brakes recalled

The front brake calipers may leak brake fluid

General Motors is recalling 14,838 model year 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, and GMC Canyon trucks manufactured January 6, 2014, to December 24, 2014.

The recalled vehicles may experience the front brake calipers leaking brake fluid due to air pockets, an imperfection in the metal caliper body.

If the vehicle experiences a brake fluid leak it can increase the stopping distance, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the front-brake calipers if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 10, 2015.

Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14888.

General Motors is recalling 14,838 model year 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, and GMC Canyon trucks manufactured January 6, 2014, to December 24, 2014. The rec...
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Chevy Malibus with seat belt issue recalled

Steel cables that connect the seat belts to the vehicle may be bent

General Motors is recalling 437,045 model year 2011-2012 Chevrolet Malibus manufactured April 8, 2010, to October 11, 2012.

The flexible steel cables that connect the seat belts to the vehicle at the outside of the driver seat and the front passenger seat may be bent from being sat on while entering the vehicle. This repeated bending may result in the cable breaking.

If the cable breaks, the seat occupant may not be restrained properly in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the outboard lap anchor mounting bracket and inspect the flexible steel cable, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 3, 2015.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 15031.

General Motors is recalling 437,045 model year 2011-2012 Chevrolet Malibus manufactured April 8, 2010, to October 11, 2012. The flexible steel cables tha...
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GM recalls Chevrolet Impalas with braking issue

Brake pads may remain partially engaged

General Motors is recalling 126 model year 2014 Chevrolet Impalas manufactured March 22, 2013, to May 22, 2014.

The electronic parking brake piston actuation arm in the recalled vehicles may not fully retract, causing the brake pads to stay partially engaged. Brake pads that remain partially engaged with the rotors may cause excessive brake heat that could result in a fire.

GM has notified owners, and dealers will reprogram the electronic parking brake control module with new software, free of charge. The recall began on May 6, 2015.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 15259.  

General Motors is recalling 126 model year 2014 Chevrolet Impalas manufactured March 22, 2013, to May 22, 2014. The electronic parking brake piston actuat...
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General Motors recalls Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks

The hooks that secure the driver's and/or front passenger's seat frame may not have been properly attached to the vehicle body

General Motors is recalling 49,980 model year 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks manufactured January 6, 2014, to April 1, 2015.

The hooks that secure the driver's and/or front passenger's seat frame may not have been properly attached to the vehicle body during assembly. Thus the seat may not be anchored adequately to the vehicle, and in the event of a crash, the seat occupant could be at an increased risk of an injury.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seats, correcting their installation as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2015.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 15150.

General Motors is recalling 49,980 model year 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks manufactured January 6, 2014, to April 1, 2015. The hooks tha...
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General Motors recalls Chevy Malibus

The console transmission gear selection indicator may not illuminate the shift position selected

General Motors is recalling 3,690 model year 2013 Chevrolet Malibus manufactured April 10, 2012, to August 2, 2012.

The console transmission gear selection indicator in the affected vehicles may not illuminate the shift position selected. As a result, the driver could inadvertently select a transmission position other than the intended one, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM has notified owners, and dealers will replace the transmission gear selection control module, free of charge. The recall began on April 20, 2015.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 12162.

General Motors is recalling 3,690 model year 2013 Chevrolet Malibus manufactured April 10, 2012, to August 2, 2012. The console transmission gear selecti...
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General Motors recalls Buick Regals and Chevrolet Impalas and Monte Carlos

The valve cover gasket may leak

General Motors is recalling 1,207 model year 2004 Buick Regals manufactured April 9, 2003, to June 26, 2003, 2004 Chevrolet Impalas manufactured April 8, 2003, to June 25, 2003, and 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlos manufactured April 7, 2003, to June 25, 2003.

The valve cover gasket may leak dripping leaking engine oil onto the hot surface of the exhaust manifold, increasing the risk of a fire.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the spark plug wire retainer to redirect the dripping oil. Vehicles that have a 3.8L V6 supercharged engine will also have the left valve cover gasket replaced. These repairs will be done free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300 or Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14574.

General Motors is recalling 1,207 model year 2004 Buick Regals manufactured April 9, 2003, to June 26, 2003, 2004 Chevrolet Impalas manufactured April 8, 2...
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General Motors recalls Cadillac CTS-V vehicles

The braking system could become corroded and leak

General Motors is recalling 4,907 model year 2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V vehicles manufactured between September 6, 2003, and June 11, 2007.

The recalled vehicles are currently registered, or were originally sold, in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

Snow or water containing road salt or other contaminants may corrode the front brake hose fitting at the caliper. Corrosion may cause the brake system to leak which could lengthen the distance needed to stop the vehicle and increase the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace both front brake hose assemblies, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 15149.  

General Motors is recalling 4,907 model year 2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V vehicles manufactured between September 6, 2003, and June 11, 2007. The recalled veh...
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General Motors is recalling 19,831 Buick Encores and Chevrolet Trax vehicles

Rim size information for the front or rear wheels is not provided

General Motors is recalling 19,831 model year 2015 Buick Encores manufactured August 26, 2014, to February 9, 2015, and 2015 Chevrolet Trax vehicles manufactured October 13, 2014, to February 3, 2015.

The vehicles have tire placards that do not provide the rim size information for the front or rear wheels.

If the label is missing front and rear rim size information, the owner may replace the rims with ones that are an incorrect size, increasing the risk of crash.

GM will notify owners, and will send owners a corrected label, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, and Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 15166.

General Motors is recalling 19,831 model year 2015 Buick Encores manufactured August 26, 2014, to February 9, 2015, and 2015 Chevrolet Trax vehicles manufa...
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General Motors recalls Chevrolet Malibu sedans

The roof panel could close unexpectedly

General Motors is recalling 91,994 model year 2013-2015 Chevrolet Malibu sedans.

The power-operated roof panel may be susceptible to inadvertent activation, which could result in unintended auto-closure of the roof panel.

The company says it has no knowledge of any crashes, injuries or fatalities related to this issue, and has received no customer complaints.

Dealers will revise the calibration file for the sunroof to remove the “One Touch Open/Close” feature for certain switch positions and reprogram the Body Control Module.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020

General Motors is recalling 91,994 model year 2013-2015 Chevrolet Malibu sedans. The power-operated roof panel may be susceptible to inadvertent activatio...
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General Motors recalls Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax vehicles

The vehicles could experience a sudden loss of electric power steering assist

General Motors is recalling 2,295 model year 2015 Buick Encore vehicles manufactured November 27, 2014, to February 24, 2015, and 2015 Chevrolet Trax vehicles manufactured November 18, 2014, to February 17, 2015.

The steering column assembly housing may contact the power steering printed circuit board causing the circuit board to wear. The circuit board wear may cause a sudden loss of electric power steering assist, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the steering column assembly, as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300 or Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 15168.

General Motors is recalling 2,295 model year 2015 Buick Encore vehicles manufactured November 27, 2014, to February 24, 2015, and 2015 Chevrolet Trax vehic...
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General Motors recalls model year 2011-2013 Volts

There could be a build up of carbon monoxide

General Motors is recalling 50,236 model year 2011-2013 Volts manufactured August 25, 2010, to June 26, 2013.

If the driver exits the vehicle without turning off the electrical system, the battery may drain low enough that the gasoline engine will automatically start itself to recharge the electric battery. If the engine runs for an extended period of time in an enclosed space, there may be a build up of carbon monoxide, increasing the risk of personal injury.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the engine management software to limit the time that the stationary vehicle can be left in the ON position, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14617.

General Motors is recalling 50,236 model year 2011-2013 Volts manufactured August 25, 2010, to June 26, 2013. If the driver exits the vehicle without tur...
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GM recalls Chevrolet Cruze vehicles with braking issue

Some parking brake brackets may not be fastened properly

General Motors is recalling 1,733 model year 2015 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles manufactured February 4, 2015, to February 9, 2015.

The left-rear or right-rear parking brake cable brackets may not have been fastened properly during the assembly process. As a result, the fastening bolts may back out completely, causing the parking brake bracket to separate and the parking brake to not hold the vehicle in place. If the parking brake bracket separates, the parking brake may not hold the vehicle, increasing the risk of a vehicle roll away and a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the left-rear and right-rear parking brake brackets bolts, tightening them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2015.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 15135.

General Motors is recalling 1,733 model year 2015 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles manufactured February 4, 2015, to February 9, 2015. The left-rear or right-rea...
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General Motors recalls Chevrolet Impalas with braking issue

The brake pads may stay partially engaged

General Motors is recalling 1,177 model year 2014 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured November 15, 2012, to May 27, 2014.  

The electronic parking brake piston actuation arm may not fully retract, causing the brake pads to stay partially engaged. Brake pads that remain partially engaged with the rotors may cause excessive brake heat that may result in a fire.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the electronic parking brake control module with new software, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet). GM's number for this recall is 15100.

General Motors is recalling 1,177 model year 2014 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured November 15, 2012, to May 27, 2014. The electronic parking brake...
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General Motors recalls Cadillac ATS vehicles

A faulty roof panel switch could increase the risk of personal injury

General Motors is recalling 58,698 model year 2013-2015 Cadillac ATS vehicles manufactured April 25, 2012, to February 9, 2015.

The power-operated roof panels auto-close when the non-recessed "Slide" or "Tilt" switches are pressed. Because the switch is not recessed, the roof panel switch may inadvertently be pressed resulting in unintended auto-closure of the roof panel, increasing the risk of personal injury.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the roof console accessory switch trim plate, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 15119.

General Motors is recalling 58,698 model year 2013-2015 Cadillac ATS vehicles manufactured April 25, 2012, to February 9, 2015. The power-operated roof p...
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General Motors recalls Corvettes

The vehicle can suffer a reduction in stability and steering control

General Motors is recalling 43 model year 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes manufactured September 26, 2014, to October 2, 2014.

The toe link outer ball joint on the rear suspension may not have been properly tightened during the assembly process. The Toe link may loosen with the vehicle use and eventually separate, resulting in a reduction in vehicle stability and steering control, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace any damaged parts, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet). GM's number for this recall is 14857.

General Motors is recalling 43 model year 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes manufactured September 26, 2014, to October 2, 2014. The toe link outer ball joint on ...
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GM recalls vehicles with ignition issues

The ignition could get stuck in the "Start" position

General Motors is recalling 83,572 model year 2011-2012 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado HD, Silverado LD, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra LD, Sierra HD, Yukon, and Yukon XL vehicles.

The ignition lock actuator may bind, making turning the key difficult or causing the ignition to get stuck in the "Start" position.

If stuck in the "Start" position, the ignition may suddenly snap back into the "Accessory" position, causing a loss of engine, steering, and braking power, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. If the vehicle is in a crash, the air bags may not deploy, increasing the risk of occupant injury.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the ignition lock housing, as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14696 for the original equipment, and 14912 for the service replacement parts.

General Motors is recalling 83,572 model year 2011-2012 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado HD, Silverado LD, Sub...
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Cadillac SRX vehicles recalled

The driver's seat may have been built with an incorrect seat track bracket

General Motors is recalling 3,155 model year 2015 Cadillac SRX vehicles manufactured November 11, 2014, to December 3, 2014.

The driver's seat may have been built with an incorrect seat track bracket. Drivers' seats with this condition may not be properly attached to the seat track. The front outboard seat bracket may become disengaged during a vehicle crash, increasing the risk of personal injury.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace affected seat track hook brackets, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac). GM's number for this recall is 14863.

General Motors is recalling 3,155 model year 2015 Cadillac SRX vehicles manufactured November 11, 2014, to December 3, 2014. The driver's seat may have ...
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General Motors is recalling 679 vehicles equipped with electric power steering

The vehicles may experience a sudden loss of power steering assist

General Motors is recalling 679 model year 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra, and Yukon XL vehicles, equipped with electric power steering (EPS).

Due to a problem with the EPS module, the vehicles may experience a sudden loss of power steering assist during operation, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the power steering assist motor kit, free of charge. The recall began on November 17, 2014.

Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14743.

General Motors is recalling 679 model year 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra, and Yukon XL vehicles, equipped with electric power steer...
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General Motors recalls Chevrolet Colorados and GMC Canyons

The driver air bag connections may have been wired incorrectly

General Motors is recalling 2,283 model year 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon vehicles manufactured January 6, 2014, to October 1, 2014.

The driver air bag connections may have been wired incorrectly, which could reverse the deployment sequence and disrupt the deployment timing of the driver air bag.

If the driver air bag does not deploy as designed, there is an increased risk of driver injury in the event of a crash necessitating air bag deployment.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the inflatable restraint sensing and diagnostic module (SDM), free of charge. The recall began on October 6, 2014.

Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet) or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14690.

General Motors is recalling 2,283 model year 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon vehicles manufactured January 6, 2014, to October 1, 2014. The drive...
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General Motors recalls various vehicles with headlamp issues

The lights could intermittently or permanently fail to illuminate

General Motors is recalling about 273,182 Buick LaCrosse sedans and Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, Saab and Isuzu midsize SUVs in the U.S. for possible intermittent or permanent loss of low beam headlamps.

Affected models are:

  • 2006-2009 Buick LaCrosse sedans;
  • 2006-2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer and 2006 TrailBlazer EXT;
  • 2006-2007 GMC Envoy and 2006 Envoy XL;
  • 2006-2007 Buick Rainier;
  • 2006-2008 Saab 9-7X and
  • 2006-2008 Isuzu Ascender midsize SUVs.

If the headlamp driver module (HDM) is not operating correctly, the low-beam headlamps and daytime running lamps could intermittently or permanently fail to illuminate. This condition does not affect the high-beam headlamps, marker lamps, turn signals, or fog lamps.

GM has not been able to confirm whether the HDMs in these vehicles caused any vehicle accidents.

The total population, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico and exports from North America is 316,357.  

General Motors is recalling about 273,182 Buick LaCrosse sedans and Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, Saab and Isuzu midsize SUVs in the U.S. for possible intermitten...
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Cadillac Escalades recalled

Passenger air bags may deploy inconsistently

General Motors is recalling 1,022 model year 2015 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV vehicles.

The passenger side instrument panel top cover on the affected vehicles may have been manufactured using an incorrect spacer fabric, causing a reduction of adhesion between the spacer fabric and the vinyl show surface. This reduced adhesion may result in inconsistent passenger air bag deployment, increasing the risk of personal injury in the event of a crash necessitating air bag deployment.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the instrument panel top cover, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14686.

General Motors is recalling 1,022 model year 2015 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV vehicles. The passenger side instrument panel top cover on the affec...
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General Motors issues 2 recalls for Corvettes

The recalls involve air bag and braking issues

General Motors has issued 2 recalls for its Corvette vehicles.

The first involves 89 model year 2015 vehicles manufactured August 20, 2014, to August 27, 2014.

In the event of a driver frontal air bag deployment, the module back plate may fracture, allowing the driver air bag to separate from the steering wheel. An air bag that separates from the steering wheel may increase the risk of injury to the driver in the event of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver side air bag, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14594.

The second recall is for 783 model year 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes manufactured August 20, 2014, to September 4, 2014.

In these vehicles, only one of the rear parking brake cables may be fully seated and engaged, resulting in the parking brake operating on just one of the rear park brake drums. Without the parking brake working on both rear wheels, the vehicle may roll away if parked on a steep gradient. The vehicle may roll away if parked on a steep gradient, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and correct the park brake cable installation, as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14620.

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GM recalls vehicles that may be susceptible to an electrical short

The chassis electronic module may be internally contaminated

General Motors is recalling 97,540 model year 2013-2014 Cadillac CTS, Escalade, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Yukon XL, and 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Express, Impala, Silverado HD, Traverse, GMC Acadia, Savana, and Sierra HD vehicles.

The chassis electronic module in the affected vehicles may be internally contaminated, resulting in an electrical short. If the module experiences an electrical short, the vehicle could stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the chassis electronic module, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14515.

General Motors is recalling 97,540 model year 2013-2014 Cadillac CTS, Escalade, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Yukon XL, and 2014 ...
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Cadillac CTS-V and STS-V vehicles recalled

The electrical terminals of the fuel pump module may overheat

General Motors is recalling 10,005 model year 2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V vehicles manufactured October 6, 2003, to March 15, 2007, and 2006-2007 Cadillac STS-V vehicles manufactured June 23, 2005, to March 15, 2007.

The electrical terminals of the fuel pump module in the affected vehicles may overheat resulting in the melting of the flange material.If the flange melts, a hole may be created allowing the fuel pump to leak fuel, causing the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Additionally, leaking fuel in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel module and fuel tank jumper harness, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14405.

General Motors is recalling 10,005 model year 2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V vehicles manufactured October 6, 2003, to March 15, 2007, and 2006-2007 Cadillac STS...
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GM recalls Chevrolet Caprices and Pontiac G8s

The key could unintentionally be knocked out of the run position

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling 46,873 model year 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice vehicles manufactured October 15, 2010, to December 6, 2013, and 2008-2009 Pontiac G8 vehicles manufactured July 25, 2007, to February 18, 2009.

The driver may accidentally hit the ignition key with his knee, unintentionally knocking the key out of the run position, turning off the engine. If the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy when the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

Additionally, a key knocked out of the run position could cause loss of engine power, power steering, and power braking, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Until the recall has been performed, drivers should adjust their seats and steering columns to allow clearance between their knee and the ignition key.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will remove the key blade from the original flip key/RKE transmitter assemblies, and cut and fit a revised key blade and housing assembly, in which the blade has been indexed by 90 degrees, to the original RKE transmitter assembly. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 and Pontiac customer service at 1-800-762-2737 . GM's number for this recall is 14445.

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling 46,873 model year 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice vehicles manufactured October 15, 2010, to December 6, 2013, and 2008-20...
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Chevrolet Sonics with air bag issue recalled

The driver's frontal air bag may not deploy properly

General Motors is recalling 304 model year 2014 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured July 28, 2014, to August 1, 2014.

Due to a loss of electrical connection in the steering column, in the event of a severe crash, the driver's frontal air bag deployment may be limited to the first-stage deployment only instead of the intended first-stage and second-stage deployments. If only the first-stage of the driver's frontal air bag deploys without the additional second-stage, the driver has an increased risk of injury during a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will test the terminals in the IP harness clock spring coil connector and replace any loose terminals, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14537.

General Motors is recalling 304 model year 2014 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured July 28, 2014, to August 1, 2014. Due to a loss of electrical conne...
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GM recalls Cadillac SRX and Saab 9-4X vehicles

The vehicle could sway or wander at highway speeds

General Motors is recalling 290,241 model year 2010-2015 Cadillac SRX vehicles manufactured April 14, 2009, to September 1, 2014, and 2011-2012 Saab 9-4X vehicles manufactured February 1, 2011, to September 13, 2011.

The jam nut in the rear suspension toe adjuster link may not be torqued to the proper specification. A loose toe adjuster link can cause the vehicle to sway or wander at highway speeds and may lead to thread damage and eventual failure. Failure of the toe adjuster link could cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the torque of the left and right rear toe link adjuster lock nuts, and replace the parts if there is evidence of damage or a loose link, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early November 2014 and remedy parts -- if needed -- are expected to be available around the middle of November 2014.

Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006 or Saab customer service at 1-800-955-9007. GM's number for this recall is 14457.

General Motors is recalling 290,241 model year 2010-2015 Cadillac SRX vehicles manufactured April 14, 2009, to September 1, 2014, and 2011-2012 Saab 9-4X v...
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Chevrolet Spark vehicles recalled

The secondary hood latch may not engage properly

General Motors is recalling 89,294 model year 2013-2015 Chevrolet Spark vehicles manufactured January 17, 2012, to July 29, 2014.

The secondary hood latch may prematurely corrode at the latch pivot causing the striker to get stuck out of position, preventing it from properly engaging the hood latch. If the primary hood latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the striker and latch with a new part with superior corrosion protection, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14456.

General Motors is recalling 89,294 model year 2013-2015 Chevrolet Spark vehicles manufactured January 17, 2012, to July 29, 2014. The secondary hood latch...
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General Motors recalls Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala vehicles

The electronic parking brake piston actuation arm may not retract fully

General Motors is recalling 132,921 model year 2013-2015 Cadillac XTS vehicles manufactured February 14, 2012, to August 22, 2014, and 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured January 15, 2013, to August 22, 2014.

The electronic parking brake piston actuation arm in the recalled vehicles may not fully retract causing the brake pads to stay partially engaged. Brake pads that remain partially engaged with the rotors may cause excessive brake heat that may result in a fire.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the electronic parking brake software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14471.

General Motors is recalling 132,921 model year 2013-2015 Cadillac XTS vehicles manufactured February 14, 2012, to August 22, 2014, and 2014-2015 Chevrolet ...
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GM recalls vehicles with a roof rail air bags issues

Roof carrier hardware could tear the air bags

General Motors is recalling 22 model year 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, Suburban LTZ, Tahoe, Tahoe LTZ, GMC Yukon, and Yukon XL Denali vehicles manufactured on May 13, 2014.

The vehicles were assembled with a roof rail air bags (RRAB) that were not reinforced at the points were the bags contact the hardware used to attach the roof carrier. During deployment, the RRAB may be punctured or torn by the roof carrier hardware, reducing its performance and increasing the risk of occupant injury in the event of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the roof carrier attaching hardware, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early September 2014.

Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet) or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14359.

General Motors is recalling 22 model year 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, Suburban LTZ, Tahoe, Tahoe LTZ, GMC Yukon, and Yukon XL Denali vehicles manufactured on ...
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General Motors recalls vehicles with steering issues

The vehicles could suffer a loss of steering, increasing the risk of a crash

General Motors is recalling 106 model year 2014 Buick Regal, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Camaro and Chevrolet Impala vehicles.

Improperly torqued fasteners may cause the steering intermediate shaft and the steering gear and/or the lower control arm and the lower ball joint to separate. If any of the components separate, the vehicle may have a loss of steering, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM began to notify owners on June 27, 2014, and dealers will inspect the fasteners for correct torque, correcting them as necessary, free of charge.

Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac) or 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet). GM's number for this recall is 14378.

General Motors is recalling 106 model year 2014 Buick Regal, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Camaro and Chevrolet Impala vehicles. Improperly torqued fasteners m...
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GM recalls vehicles with electrical issues

The insulation on the engine block heater cord can become damaged

General Motors is recalling 2,990 model year 2013-2014 Buick Encore all-wheel-drive vehicles manufactured August 23, 2012, to September 9, 2013; Verano vehicles manufactured August 8, 2012, to June 20, 2013; Chevrolet Cruze vehicles manufactured August 7, 2012, to August 16, 2013, and 2012-2014 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured May 10, 2011, to August 16, 2012 equipped with a Calix oil pan/block heater.

In cold temperatures, the insulation on the engine block heater cord can become damaged, allowing the wires to be exposed. This can increase the risk of electrical shock and personal injury if the cord is handled while it is plugged in.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the engine oil pan/block heater cord with a new cord that is rated for temperatures of minus 40 degree Celsius. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300 or Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14257.

General Motors is recalling 2,990 model year 2013-2014 Buick Encore all-wheel-drive vehicles manufactured August 23, 2012, to September 9, 2013; Verano veh...
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GM recalls Saturn VUE, Cadillac ATS, Buick Encore, Chevrolet Impala, Aveo and Spark models

Various problems including ignition switch, seat belts, brake fluid and glove compartment doors

General Motors announced the following recalls:

202,115 model year 2002-2004 Saturn VUEs because the ignition key can possibly be removed when the vehicle is not in the off position. GM is aware of two crashes and one injury potentially related to the issue.

Dealers will inspect for key pullout or key binding, and, if necessary, replace the ignition cylinder and key set at no charge to customers.

Until recall repairs have been performed, it is very important before exiting the vehicle for customers to make sure the vehicle is in “Park” or in the case of a manual transmission to put the transmission into reverse gear and set the parking brake.

48,059 model year 2013 Cadillac ATS four-door sedans and 2013 Buick Encore vehicles in the U.S. In some of these vehicles, the front outboard lapbelt pretensioner cables will retract upon deployment to pull in seat belt webbing, but may not lock, allowing the cable and the retracted webbing to return to their original length under occupant loading.

As a result, there may be a potential of increased occupant movement in certain accidents. Dealers will replace both front outboard lap belt pretensioners. GM is not aware of any crashes or injuries as a result of this issue, which was discovered during frontal crash testing. A stop sale is in effect for unsold models at dealerships until repairs have been made,

14,940 model year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala sedans in the U.S. On some LT and LTZ models equipped with a front console storage compartment, the inertia latch on the compartment door may not engage in the event of a rear collision and the front console compartment door may open. Dealers will replace the console door storage compartment door inertia latch. Because this is a non-compliance with a federal motor vehicle safety standard, GM has ordered dealers to hold unsold models of these vehicles until the repair can be made. GM knows of no crashes or injuries related to this condition.

1,968 model year 2009-2010 Chevrolet Aveo and 2009 model year Pontiac G3 vehicles for a brake fluid issue that could lead to longer brake pedal travel and/or reduced braking performance. This was originally a Customer Satisfaction Program issued in 2012 and has been reclassified as a safety recall. GM knows of no crashes or injuries associated with the condition.

1,919 model year 2014 Chevrolet Spark models for left and right lower control arm attaching bolts that may not be tightened to specification. GM has informed owners to have their vehicles transported to Chevrolet dealerships, where they will be inspect the attaching bolts to be sure they are tightened to specification. GM knows of no crashes or injuries related to this issue.

General Motors announced the following recalls: 202,115 model year 2002-2004 Saturn VUEs because the ignition key can possibly be removed when the vehicle...
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Corvettes with shock absorber issues recalled

The shock absorber tubes may separate from the shock absorber clevis brackets

General Motors is recalling 1,939 model year 2014 Chevrolet Corvettes manufactured February 12, 2014, to March 14, 2014.

Due to an improper weld on the rear shock absorbers, the shock absorber tubes may separate from the shock absorber clevis brackets resulting in a sudden change in vehicle handling. This increases the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace both of the rear shock absorbers, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1- 800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14302.

General Motors is recalling 1,939 model year 2014 Chevrolet Corvettes manufactured February 12, 2014, to March 14, 2014. Due to an improper weld on the r...
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GM recalls Chevy Caprice and SS vehicles

The windshield wipers may quit working

General Motors is recalling 4,794 model year 2013-2014 Chevrolet Caprice vehicles manufactured June 7, 2013, to May 29, 2014, and 2014 Chevrolet SS vehicles manufactured September 13, 2013, to March 4, 2014.

The windshield wiper motor gear teeth in the affected vehicles may strip causing the windshield wipers to become inoperative. The failure to clear rain or snow, could reduce the driver's visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the wiper module assembly and replace any affected ones, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early August 2014.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14295.

General Motors is recalling 4,794 model year 2013-2014 Chevrolet Caprice vehicles manufactured June 7, 2013, to May 29, 2014, and 2014 Chevrolet SS vehicle...
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GM announces 6 recalls for varying safety issues

Nearly 718k vehicles are affected

General Motors is recalling 717,950 recent model vehicles in the U.S., including:

  • 414,333 2011-2012 model year Chevrolet Camaro; 2010-2012 model year Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain; 2011-2012 Buick Regal and LaCrosse; and 2010-2012 Cadillac SRX models in the U.S. equipped with power height adjustable driver or front passenger seat structures. In these vehicles, the bolt that secures the height adjuster actuator may become loose or fall out, allowing the seat to move up and down freely because it is no longer attached at the height adjuster. The vehicles are safe to drive, but customers should not use the power height adjustable feature until dealers can replace the height adjuster bolt. GM says it is aware of 1 crash and 3 injuries, but no fatalities related to this condition.
  • 124,008 model year 2014 Chevrolet Caprice, 2014 Chevrolet SS, 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado LD and HD, 2013-2014 Cadillac ATS, 2014 Cadillac CTS, 2014 Cadillac ELR; 2013-2014 Buick Encore; and 2014-2015 GMC Sierra LD and HD vehicles. Certain vehicles manufactured between July 2013 and January 2014 may have an incomplete weld on the seat hook bracket assembly. If the weld is sufficient, no further action is necessary. If it is insufficient, dealers will replace the lower seat track at no charge. Less than 1% of welds are expected to require seat track replacement. GM says it is unaware of any crashes or injuries as a result of this issue.
  • 120,426 2011-2013 model year Buick Regal and 2013 model year Chevrolet Malibus equipped with front turn signals that use 2 bulbs in each front turn signal. While the driver would get a rapidly flashing turn signal arrow in the instrument cluster if both bulbs in 1 turn signal were burned out; if only 1 bulb on either side burns out, there would be no signal to the driver. Dealers will reprogram the body control module to fix the condition. GM says it knows of no crashes, injuries or complaints related to this issue.
  • 57,242 2014 Chevrolet Impalas equipped with belt-drive electric power steering. On certain vehicles, customers may experience reduced or no power steering assist at start-up or while driving, due to a poor electrical ground connection to the Power Steering Control Module. If power steering is lost, a warning message is displayed on the Driver Information Center and a chime sounds. Steering control can be maintained because the vehicle will revert to manual steering mode, but would require greater driver effort particularly at low vehicle speeds. Paint may have seeped behind the nut on the power steering control module ground stud. Dealers will inspect and clean paint from behind the ground nut, re-torque the nut and update the power steering control module software at no charge. GM says it is aware of 1 crash but no injuries or fatalities related to this condition.
  • 1,919 2014-2015 Chevrolet Sparks imported from Korea that were assembled with a lower control arm bolt not fastened to specification. The condition could result in noise from the front suspension and separation of the lower control arm from the steering knuckle while driving, resulting in loss of steering control. Dealers will inspect the left and right hand lower control arm attaching bolts to assure they are tightened to specification. GM says it knows of no crashes, injuries or fatalities related to this condition.
  • 22 2015 model year Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon/Yukon Denali vehicles in the U.S. In these vehicles, the roof carriers may have been attached with the wrong retaining nuts, resulting in holes or tears in the roof rail air bags if they deploy. Eight of these vehicles are in dealer stock and will be repaired before being sold.  
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GM recalls Cadillacs with transmission issues

The transmission shift cable may detach

General Motors is recalling 90,750 model year 2013-2014 Cadillac ATS vehicles manufactured April 23, 2012, to March 20, 2014, and 2014 Cadillac CTS vehicles manufactured June 10, 2013, to March 20, 2014.

The transmission shift cable in the affected vehicles may detach from either the bracket on the transmission shifter or the bracket on the transmission.

If the transmission shift cable detaches while the vehicle is being driven, the transmission gear selection may not match the indicated gear and the vehicle may move in an unintended or unexpected direction, increasing the risk of a crash.

Furthermore, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, despite selecting the 'PARK' position, the transmission may not be in 'PARK.' If the vehicle is not in the 'PARK' position there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to make sure the cable is properly seated at the transmission and shifter brackets, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early August 2014.

Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14179.

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GM announces 7.6 million more U.S. recalls

Most of the recalls involve ignition switch problems

General Motors says it will conduct 6 new safety recalls in the United States involving about 7.6 million vehicles from the 1997 to 2014 model years.

“Our customers deserve more than we delivered in these vehicles. That has hardened my resolve to set a new industry standard for vehicle safety, quality and excellence," said GM CEO Mary Barra. 

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

The latest recalls bring the total number of GM recalls this year to nearly 30 million. 

GM said it has made changes to every process that affects the safety of its vehicles, and the company has acted or will act on all 90 of the recommendations put forward by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas in his independent report to the company’s Board of Directors.

Until the ignition recall repairs have been performed, it is very important that customers remove all items from their key ring, leaving only the vehicle key, and always use their seat belts, GM said. The key fob, if present, should also be removed from the key ring.

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GM recalls Chevy Sonics

The transmission turbine shaft may fracture

General Motors is recalling 21,567 model year 2012 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured March 1, 2012, to June 29, 2012, and equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission and 1.8L four cylinder engine.

The transmission turbine shaft may fracture. Should that happen during vehicle operation in first or second gear, the vehicle will not upshift to the third through sixth gears, limiting the vehicle's speed.

If the fracture occurs during operation in third through sixth gear, the vehicle will coast until it slows enough to downshift to first or second gear, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the transmission turbine shaft, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14234.

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GM recalls Buick LaCrosse vehicles

The vehicle's door-open chime may not function

General Motors is recalling 14,765 model year 2014 Buick LaCrosse vehicles manufactured April 30, 2013, to September 1, 2013.

A wiring splice in the driver's door in the affected vehicles may corrode and break, resulting in the absence of an audible chime to notify the driver if the door is opened while the key is in the ignition.

Additionally, the Retained Accessory Power (RAP) module may stay active for ten minutes allowing the operation of the passenger windows, rear windows, and sunroof.

Without an audible indicator, the driver may not be aware that the door is open while the key is in the ignition, increasing the risk of a vehicle rollaway. If the passenger windows, rear windows, and sunroof can function when the vehicle is turned off and the driver is not in the vehicle, there is an increased risk of injury if an unsupervised occupant operates the power closures.

GM will notify owners and dealers will inspect the driver door window motor harness, and replace the electrical splice, as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300. General Motors number for this recall is 14235.

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Buick Encores and Chevrolet Sparks recalled

The air bag may not deploy

General Motors is recalling 61 model year 2013 Buick Encore vehicles manufactured April 10, 2013, to May 8, 2013, and Chevrolet Spark vehicles manufactured December 30, 2012, to March 1, 2013.

An improper weld on the passenger side front air bag inflator in the affected vehicles may result in the air bag not deploying, increasing the risk of injury to the front passenger.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger side front air bag free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick) or 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet). GM's number for this recall is 14211.

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GM recalls Silverados, Sierras, Tahoes and Suburbans

There may be no audible open-door or seat belt warnings

General Motors is recalling 57,512 model year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras, and 2015 Chevrolet Tahoes and Suburbans equipped with a base radio and an internal amplifier.

The radios in the affected vehicles may become inoperative and -- as a result -- there would be no audible chime to notify the driver if the door is opened with the key in the ignition or no audible seat belt warning indicating the seat belts were not buckled.

Without an audible indicator, the driver may not be aware that the driver's door is open while the key is in the ignition, increasing the risk of a vehicle rollaway. Additionally, there would be no reminder that the driver's or front seat passenger's seat belt is not buckled, which could increase the risk of injury in a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the radio software, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Chevrolet owners may contact GM's customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GMC owners may contact GM's customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 14315.

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Corvettes with air bag and seat belt issues recalled

The air bags may not deploy and the seat belt pretensioners may not activate

General Motors is recalling 33 model year 2014 Chevrolet Corvette vehicles manufactured April 23, 2014, to April 25, 2014.

The Sensing and Diagnostic Module (SDM) in the affected vehicles may experience an internal short circuit, resulting in the deactivation of the air bags and seat belt pretensioners. If the SDM short circuits, the air bags may not deploy and the seat belt pretensioners may not activate in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of occupant injury.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the SDM, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14219.

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GM recalls variety of vehicles with driver-side air bag issues

The air bag may not deploy in some instances

General Motors is recalling 31,520 model year 2012 Buick Verano vehicles manufactured December 2, 2011 to July, 16, 2012; Chevrolet Cruze vehicles manufactured December 7, 2011 to July 25, 2012; Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured December 5, 2011 to August 2, 2012; and Chevrolet Camaro vehicles manufactured December 1, 2011 to June 11, 2012.

The driver side frontal air bag has a shorting bar which may intermittently contact the air bag terminals.

If the bar and terminals are contacting each other at the time of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, that air bag will not deploy, increasing the driver's risk of injury.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering wheel air bag coil, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Chevrolet owners may contact GM at 1-800-222-1020. Buick owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300.  

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GM recalls 3.16 million cars to replace ignition keys

The company will modify "slotted" keys to leave only a small hole

It's been more than four months after GM began recalling 2.6 million small cars to fix ignition switches that the company says have been involved at least 54 crashes and 13 death

General Motors is recalling another 3.16 million cars because of ignition switch problems. The company says it will "rework or replace" the ignition keys on 2000 to 2014 model year cars in the U.S. because the ignition switch may inadvertently move out of the “run” position if the key is carrying extra weight and experiences some jarring event.

GM said the use of a key with a hole, rather than a slotted key, addresses the concern of unintended key rotation due to a jarring road event, such as striking a pothole or crossing railroad tracks. 

Only one of the models included in the U.S. recall of 3,160,725 cars is still in production – the previous generation Chevrolet Impala, which is sold to daily rental fleets as the Impala Limited. The total North America population – U.S., Canada, Mexico and exports – is 3,360,555.

The safety recall follows a review of ignition issues following the recall in February of 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars. GM is aware of eight crashes and six injuries related to this recall.

If the ignition switch moves out of the “run” position, there is an effect on power steering and power braking. In addition, the timing of the key movement out of the “run” position, relative to the activation of the sensing algorithm of the crash event, may result in the air bags not deploying.

The cars being recalled are the:

Buick Lacrosse                          MY 2005-2009                  

Chevrolet Impala                      MY 2006-2014                                      

Cadillac Deville                         MY 2000–2005

Cadillac DTS                             MY 2004–2011

Buick Lucerne                           MY 2006–2011

Buick Regal LS & GS                  MY 2004–2005

Chevy Monte Carlo                    MY 2006–2008

No extra weight

GM said that in these vehicles, the ignition switch may be unable to handle extra weight hanging on a slotted key. GM will add an insert to the ignition keys of the recalled vehicles to close the slot and leave a 4x6-millimeter hole through which the key ring could be attached.

In vehicles where the key cover has been worn, new keys with holes instead of slots will be provided free of charge.

Rework of the keys – adding key inserts – at GM dealerships is expected to begin in the next few weeks. Until the rework or replacement is completed, owners of the recalled cars are urged to remove additional weight from their key chains and drive with only the ignition key.

5 more recalls

In addition to the ignition key recall, GM also announced U.S. recalls for 165,770 vehicles in these five actions:

  • 68,887 model year 2013-14 Cadillac ATS and 21,863 model year 2014 Cadillac CTS sedans. In certain vehicles with automatic transmissions, the shift cable may not be fully secured to the shifter bracket or transmission bracket. If the shift cable comes out of the brackets, the driver may not be able to shift the transmission in or out of gear. GM is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to this condition.
  • 57,192 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 HD and 2015 GMC Sierra 2500/3500 GMC Sierra HD to inspect for proper attachment of power steering hose clamps to the power steering pump. If the vehicle is driven with the clamp unattached, the hose may disconnect from the pump or gear, causing a rapid loss of power steering fluid. This will result in loss of power steering assist and Hydro Boost powered brakes without warning. The vehicle would revert to manual brakes and manual steering. GM knows of no crashes or injuries from the condition. Dealers are to inspect power steering hose clamps in two locations to ensure they are properly attached.
  • 16,932 model year 2011 Cadillac CTS sedans with AWD. On some vehicles, a gasket leak where the constant velocity joint meets the rear propeller shaft may cause the rear propeller shaft to separate or become loose, making contact with the vehicle floor above and causing the rollover sensor to deploy the roof rail air bags. GM is aware of 15 unintended deployments, but injury data is unclear.
  • 712 model year 2014 Chevrolet Corvettes with optional Competition Sport Seats, because an unbelted child and door trim may block the passenger seat side air bag vent in a deployment. Dealers will replace the current air bag with a redesigned version. GM is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to this condition, but advises customers to not allow small children in the front seat until the vehicle is serviced.
  • 184 model year 2014-15 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups with vinyl floors and accessory all-weather floor mats purchased new with the vehicle. The mats can slip under the driver’s feet because the vinyl floors have no attachments to secure them in place. Customers are advised take the floor mats to their dealer for a full refund. GM is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to the mats.

GM expects to take a charge of up to approximately $700 million in the second quarter for the cost of recall-related repairs announced in the quarter. This amount includes a previously disclosed $400 million charge for recalls announced May 15 and May 20.

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GM recalls Cameros with ignition issues

Three other unrelated recalls were also announced

General Motors is recalling all current generation Chevrolet Camaros because a driver’s knee can bump the key FOB and cause the key to inadvertently move out of the “run” position, with a corresponding reduction or loss of power.

The issue, which may primarily affect drivers sitting close to the steering column, was discovered by GM during internal testing following the ignition switch recall earlier this year.

There are 464,712 Camaros from the 2010-2014 model years in the U.S. included in the recall. Including Canada, Mexico and exports, the total recall population is 511,528.

“Discovering and acting on this issue quickly is an example of the new norm for product safety at GM,” said Jeff Boyer, vice president of GM Global Safety.

The Camaro ignition system meets all GM engineering specifications, the automaker stated,  and “is unrelated to the ignition system used in Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars included in the ignition switch recall.”

GM says it is aware of three crashes that resulted in four minor injuries that it believes may be attributed to this condition.

The company will change the Camaro key to a standard design from one in which the key is concealed in the FOB and is opened by pushing a button. The change will make the ignition key and FOB independent of each other, so that inadvertent contact with the FOB won’t move the key from the “run” position.

Other recalls

Separately, GM has announced two safety recalls and one non-compliance recall involving a total of 65,121 cars in the U.S. Including Canada, Mexico and exports, the total recall population is 69,839.

In all cases, customers will receive letters from GM letting them know when they can bring their vehicles into a dealership, where the recall repairs will be performed free of charge and courtesy transportation would be provided as needed.

Saab 9-3 convertibles

28,789 Saab 9-3 convertibles from the 2004-2011 model years are being recalled for an automatic tensioning system cable in the driver’s side front seat belt retractor that could break. If the cable were to break, seat belt webbing spooled out by the driver would not retract.

The convertibles and sedans were investigated at the same time, but the convertible parts were not identical to the sedan parts. GM has since learned of customer complaints to the NHTSA for the convertibles.

Dealers will replace the driver’s side retractor in the recalled vehicles. In addition, GM has issued a special coverage, so that if the same repair is required to the passenger side retractor it will be covered for the life of the vehicle. GM also extended the special coverage for passenger side belt retractors on the 2004 Saab 9-3 sedan from the original 10-year coverage to the life of the vehicle, like the convertibles. GM is unaware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities due to this condition.

Chevy Sonic

GM is recalling 21,567 Chevrolet Sonic 2012 model year compacts equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission and a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine for a condition in which the transmission turbine shaft may fracture as a result of a supplier quality issue. If this were to occur in first or second gear, the vehicle could not upshift into third through sixth gears.

the turbine shift fractured while in one of the higher gears, the vehicle would coast until it was moving slow enough to downshift into first or second gear. In both instances, a malfunction indicator lamp may illuminate. If driven in this condition for a long period of time, all forward gears may become inoperable. The engine would continue to run and all power accessories would function.

Dealers will replace the transmission turbine shaft. GM is unaware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities related to this condition.

Buick LaCrosse

The final recall involves 14,765 model year 2014 Buick LaCrosse sedans because a wiring splice in the driver’s door may corrode and break. That may communicate incorrect information to circuits that control the door chime and allow passenger windows, rear windows and the sunroof to function when the vehicle is turned off and the driver is not in the vehicle.  In addition, a chime will not sound when the driver’s door is opened if the key is in the ignition.

Dealers will inspect the driver door window motor harness and, if necessary, replace an electrical splice. GM is unaware of any thefts, crashes, injuries or fatalities related to this condition.

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Heads roll at GM following ignition switch report

Fifteen are sacked for their involvement in the controversy

General Motors CEO Mary Barra says 15 people “who were determined to have acted inappropriately” in connection with the Cobalt ignition switch recall are no longer with the company.

In addition, disciplinary actions have been taken against five other employees.

After receiving the what she called the "extremely thorough, brutally tough, and deeply troubling" findings of an investigation by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas, Barra again expressed deep sympathy for the victims of accidents related to the ignition switch defect and their families.

She also announced that Kenneth Feinberg will administer a compensation program for those who have lost loved ones or who have suffered serious physical injuries as the result of an ignition switch failure in recently recalled vehicles.

Riddled with failure

“Overall the report found that, from start to finish, the Cobalt saga was riddled with failures which led to tragic results for many,” Barra said. But she also pointed out that the report revealed no conspiracy by the company to cover up the facts and no evidence that any employee made a trade-off between safety and cost.

Barra says the company has adopted and will continue to adopt sweeping changes in the way it handles safety issues. The actions to date include:

  • Appointing Jeff Boyer as Vice President of Global Vehicle Safety, elevating and integrating GM’s safety processes under a single leader
  • Adding 35 product safety investigators that will allow GM to identify and address issues much more quickly
  • Instituting the Speak up for Safety program encouraging employees to report potential safety issues quickly and forcefully
  • Creating a new Global Product Integrity organization to enhance overall safety and quality performance, and
  • Restructuring the recall decision making process to raise it to the highest levels of the company.

In remarks to GM employees, Barra said she is committed to leading "in a way that brings honor and respect to this company.”

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General Motors recalls Cadillac CTS vehicles

A wiper issue could kill the vehicle battery

General Motors is recalling 19,225 model year 2014 Cadillac CTS vehicles manufactured June 10, 2013, through February 26, 2014.

If the vehicle is turned off with wiper functionality left on and the wipers then become restricted, such as when covered in ice or snow, and the vehicle's battery goes dead and needs to be jump started, upon being jump started, the wipers will be inoperative.

An inoperative windshield wiper system may decrease the driver's visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front wiper module, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14157.

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General Motors recalls Aveos and Optras

Overheating could cause problems in the vehicles' electrical systems

If it's Wednesday, there must be more General Motors recalls. There are -- 2 of them.

In the first, the automaker is recalling 218,000 model year 2004-2008 Chevrolet Aveo vehicles equipped with daytime running lights (DRL).

There may be heat generated within the DRL module located in the center console in the instrument panel, which could melt the DRL module, which could cause a vehicle fire.

The remedy for this recall campaign is still under development, and a notification schedule has not yet been provided.

Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet). General Motors recall number for this campaign is 14236.

In the second instance, GM is recalling 214 model year 2004-2008 Chevrolet Optra vehicles.

There may be heat generated in the headlamp switch or daytime running light (DRL) module and the heat could melt the headlamp switch or the DRL module, increasing the risk of a vehicle fire.

The remedy for this recall is still under development, with no word yet of a notification schedule.

Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet). General Motors recall number for this campaign is 14093.

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GM recalls another 2.4 million vehicles

Four recalls cover everything from seat belts to potential fire hazards

In its many apologies and mea culpas after its defective ignition switch debacle, General Motors has said it would speed up the process of identifying and rectifying safety defects in its vehicles. It has issued numerous recalls since then, including a huge batch of 2.4 million vehicles in four separate recalls today.

The recalls are for:

  • 1,339,355 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia full-size crossovers from the 2009-2014 model years and Saturn Outlooks from 2009-2010 because front safety lap belt cables can fatigue and separate over time. In a crash, a separated cable could increase the risk of injury to front seat passengers.
  • 1,075,102 of the previous generation 4-speed automatic transmission Chevrolet Malibu and from the 2004-2008 model years and Pontiac G6 from the 2005-2008 model years  because of a shift cable that could wear out over time, resulting in mismatches of the gear position indicated by the shift lever.  
  • 1,402 Cadillac Escalades and Escalade ESVs from the 2015 model year because an insufficiently heated plastic weld that attaches the passenger side air bag to the instrument panel assembly could result in a partial deployment of the air bag in the event of a crash.
  • 58 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD full-size 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.

There have been no fatalities associated with these recalls, GM said.

More investigators

GM has added 35 product investigators since the beginning of 2014, and, including those announced today, has initiated 29 safety and non-compliance recalls in the U.S. so far this year, the company said. Two of the recalls involve fewer than 100 vehicles.

In the full-size crossover recall, the flexible steel cable that connects the safety belt to the vehicle at the outside of the front outboard seating positions can fatigue and separate over time as a result of occupant movement into the seat. GM has told dealers they cannot sell new or used models of the vehicles until repairs are made.

The previous generation Malibu, Malibu Maxx and Pontiac G6 were added to an April 29 recall for certain 4-speed transmission Aura models from the 2007-2008 model year. The Malibu and G6 vehicles equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission have a condition in which the transmission shift cable may fracture. When 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 is aware of 18 crashes and one injury among the 4-speed Malibu and G6 population.Dealers will replace the shift cable and attachment bracket at no charge to the customer.

Stop sale

GM stopped sale of the 2015 Escalade and Escalade ESV and sent overnight letters, called and emailed the 224 customers who had taken delivery of the vehicles and instructed them to not let occupants sit in the front passenger seat until the vehicle has been serviced. GM knows of no crashes or injuries associated with the Escalades.

The passenger airbag module is attached to a chute adhered to the backside of the instrument panel with an infrared weld that was not sufficiently heated. The issue has been corrected at the supplier and Escalade production is under way at the Arlington, Texas, Assembly Plant.

In the heavy-duty truck recall, certain 2015 model year Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD model vehicles equipped with a 220 Amp Generator have a condition where the retention clips that attach a fuse block to the vehicle body can become loose, allowing the fuse block to move out of position and lead to a potential fire. No crashes or injuries are known to be associated with the trucks.

GM expects to take a charge of up to approximately $400 million in the second quarter, primarily for the cost of recall-related repairs announced in the quarter. This amount includes a previously disclosed $200 million charge for the five recalls announced May 16.

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Buick Lacrosse and Chevy Malibu vehicles with braking issue recalled

Brake rotors intended for the rear of the car may have been installed on the front

General Motors is recalling 8,208 model year 2014 Buick Lacrosse vehicles manufactured January 29, 2014, through March 31, 2014, and 2014 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured February 7, 2014, through March 31, 2014, and equipped with 17-inch front brake rotors.

The vehicles may have had brake rotors intended for the rear of the car accidentally installed on the front. The rear rotors are thinner and may result in a front brake pad detaching from the caliper. That could result in a sudden reduction in braking, lengthening the distance required to stop the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the front brake rotors, and install the correct rotors with new brake pads, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin around May 29, 2014.

Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick) or 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet). GM's number for this recall is 14128.

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Headlamp problems prompt Corvette recall

A wiring issue could result in the loss of low beam headlamp illumination

General Motors is recalling 103,158 model year 2005-2007 Chevrolet Corvette vehicles manufactured March 29, 2004, through June 22, 2007.

The underhood bussed electrical center (UBEC) housing can expand and cause the headlamp low beam relay control circuit wire to bend. If the wire is repeatedly bent, it may fracture causing a loss of low beam headlamp illumination, decreasing the driver's visibility, as well as the vehicle's conspicuity to other motorists, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the UBEC housing unit, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Model year 2008-2013 Chevrolet Corvettes will be covered under customer satisfaction program number 14203 for the same issue.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 13146.

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GM recalls Silverados, Sierras and Tahoes

The tie rod to separate from the steering rack

General Motors is recalling 477 model year 2014 Chevrolet Silverado vehicles manufactured May 23, 2013, through March 25, 2014, 2014; GMC Sierra vehicles manufactured May 25, 2013, through March 31, 2014; and 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe vehicles manufactured January 29, 2014, through March 27, 2014.

In the affected vehicles, the tie rod threaded attachment may not be properly tightened to the steering gear rack. An improperly tightened tie rod attachment may allow the tie rod to separate from the steering rack, resulting in a loss of steering, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Owners are advised not to drive their vehicles until they have been inspected and repaired. Owners should contact GM to have their vehicles towed to the dealership.

GM has notified all owners, and dealers will inspect the inner tie rods to make sure that they are correctly tightened, replacing the steering gear, as necessary, free of charge.

The recall began on May 14, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14204.

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GM recalls Chevy Malibus

The vehicles may experience a complete loss of brake vacuum assist

General Motors is recalling 140,067 model year 2014 Chevrolet Malibus manufactured June 12, 2013, through May 2, 2014, and equipped with a 2.5L engine with the auto stop/start option.

The vehicles may experience a complete loss of brake vacuum assist, disabling the hydraulic boost assist. If the hydraulic boost assist is disabled, slowing or stopping the vehicle will require additional brake pedal effort and a lengthened stopping distance. Both of these effects increase the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the electronic brake control module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin around May 30, 2014.

Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020. General Motors number for this recall is 14201.

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GM recalls Saturn Auras

The transmission shift cable may fracture

General Motors is recalling 56,214 model year 2007-2008 Saturn Aura vehicles manufactured April 24, 2006, through October 31, 2007, and equipped with a four speed automatic transmission.

The transmission shift cable in the affected vehicles may fracture. Should that happen while the vehicle is being driven, the driver will not be able to shift the lever to the "PARK" position, or remove the ignition key. That poses the risk that the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle.

GM will notify owners, and GM dealers will replace the shift cable assembly and mounting bracket, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-553-6000. GM's number for this recall is 14152.

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GM recalls Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia vehicles

Software may cause the fuel gauge to read inaccurately

General Motors is recalling 51,640 model year 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia vehicles manufactured March 26, 2013, through August 15, 2013.

The engine control module (ECM) software in the affected vehicles may cause the fuel gauge to read inaccurately, resulting in the vehicle unexpectedly running out of fuel and stalling, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the ECM to correct the fuel gauge reading, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14007.

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Chevrolet Silverado HDs and GMC Sierra HDs recalled

A fuel transfer pump problem may result in a diesel fuel leak

General Motors is recalling 51 model year 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD, and GMC Sierra HD vehicles manufactured February 11, 2014, through February 19, 2014, and equipped with diesel engines and dual fuel tanks.

The fuel pipe connections on both sides of the diesel fuel transfer pump in the affected vehicles may not be properly torqued which may result in a diesel fuel leak, possibly resulting in a vehicle fire.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will tighten the fuel pipe connections to the proper torque. The recall is expected to begin on May 19, 2014.

Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14067.

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GM recalls Cadillac SRXs

A transmission problem could affect acceleration

General Motors is recalling 50,571 model year 2013 Cadillac SRX vehicles manufactured May 29, 2012, through June 26, 2013, and equipped with 3.6L engines.

In certain driving situations, there may be a three to four second lag in acceleration due to the transmission control module (TCM) programming, which could increase the risk of crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the transmission control module, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. General Motors' number for this recall is 14132.

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GM seeks to use bankruptcy to bar ignition-switch lawsuits

"New GM" says it should not be held responsible for actions of "Old GM"

You could see this coming from way down the road: General Motors is claiming that it should not be held responsible for injuries and deaths resulting from the defective ignition switches in Chevy Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other models.

That's because the cars were built by GM's predecessor -- you know, General Motors. 

The argument is that "Old GM" went bankrupt and "New GM" is a separate corporation that should not be held responsible for the actions of its predecessor.

Lawyers and consumer advocates have been expecting GM to trot out that claim and there is already at least one proposed bill in Congress that would block the strategy.

The faulty ignition switches -- which can turn off the engine, airbags and other essentials while the car is in motion -- have been linked to the deaths of at least 13 people. GM has recalled 2.6 million GM vehicles.

Most of the recalled models were built before GM filed for bankruptcy in 2009. 

GM made its argument in a filing Tuesday with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. It asked for a stay on litigation until the bankruptcy court rules on whether lawsuits arising from the recalls would violated the 2009 bankruptcy court's orders.

It also seeks a stay until a judicial panel on multidistrict litigation decides whether numerous claims around the country should be consolidated into a single action.

Senator wants parts update

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), meanwhile, is calling on GM to provide the public with accurate information on the number of ignition switch and lock replacement parts shipped and a timeline of when all dealers in need will have the necessary parts.

According to an informal survey of 34 GM dealers in Connecticut, 11 of 14 dealers that responded were still having difficulty getting replacement parts, Blumenthal said. The survey was conducted by the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association.

Reports in trade papers have said that parts are begining to "trickle in" to dealers around the country. 

GM has scheduled a Web conference today to update dealers. It had said earlier that parts would start to be delivered on April 7 but the date was pushed back and GM said it started shipping parts last Friday.

“We are updating our dealers on the status of the ignition switch recall and how to provide the best customer experience as we take care of owners who have been affected by this recall. This is a private communication between GM and our dealer network,” GM spokesperson Ryndee Carney wrote in an e-mail to Automotive News.

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Recall issued for more than 2 million GM products with ignition problems

The key can be removed when the ignition is not in the "Off" position

General Motors is recalling 2,191,014 model year 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR, 2007-2010 Pontiac G5, 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice, 2003-2007 Saturn Ion, and 2007-2010 Saturn Sky vehicles.

In the affected vehicles, the key can be removed when the ignition is not in the "Off" position. If that occurs, the vehicle could roll away:

  • for an automatic transmission, if the transmission is not in the "Park" position; or
  • for a manual transmission, if the parking brake is not engaged and the transmission is not in the "Reverse" position.

This potential for roll-away increases the risk for a crash and occupant or pedestrian injuries.

Until a vehicle has been remedied, owners and operators are advised that when exiting, to be sure that the vehicle is in "Park," or in the case of a manual transmission, that the vehicle is in the "Reverse" position and the parking brake is engaged

GM will notify owners, and for vehicles that were built with the defective ignition cylinder and have not previously had the ignition cylinder replaced with the redesigned part, dealers will replace the ignition cylinder and cut and -- if necessary -- re-learn two ignition/door keys for each vehicle.

For vehicles that were built with the redesigned ignition cylinder or had the ignition cylinder replaced with the redesigned part, dealers will cut and -- if necessary -- re-learn two ignition/door keys for each vehicle.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Chevrolet owners may contact GM at 1-800-222-1020, Pontiac owners at 1-800-762-2737, and Saturn owners at 1-800-553-6000.

GM's number for this recall is 14113 for the ignition lock cylinder and key replacement, and 14133 for only key replacements.  

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More Chevrolet Cruze vehicles recalled

This is an expansion of a recall initiated in 2013

General Motors is recalling 174,046 model year 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles equipped with a 1.4L turbo engine, and manufactured between November 28, 2012, and March 7, 2014.

On the affected vehicles, the right front half shaft may fracture and separate. If the half shaft fractures and separates while driving, the vehicle would lose power and coast to a stop. If the parking brake is not applied, the vehicle could move unexpectedly. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the right half shaft, as needed, free of charge. Parts for the remedy are not currently available.

GM will send an interim letter to owners the week of April 28, 2014. A second owner letter will be mailed when parts are available. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-866-694-6546. GM's number for this recall is 14079.

This is an expansion of a recall initiated in 2013. Some of those vehicles were repaired using defective parts. Those owners will be advised that they must have their vehicles remedied again under this campaign and that having the earlier recall completed did not remedy their vehicles.

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Transmission problem prompts recall of GM trucks

Oil leaks from the transmission could cause a vehicle fire

General Motors is recalling 489,936 model year 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Light Duty Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab 1500 series and model year 2015 Suburban and Tahoe; GMC model year 2014 Sierra Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab 1500 Series and model year 2015 Yukon and Yukon XL vehicles equipped with a 6-Speed Automatic Transmission (feature code MYC).

The subject vehicles may have a transmission oil cooler line that is not securely seated in the fitting. If the line is not securely seated and transmission oil leaks from the fitting, the oil could contact a hot surface and cause a vehicle fire.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the transmission oil cooler line connection and repair the vehicles, as needed, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on April 28, 2014.

Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-866-694-6546 or GMC owners may contact GMC at 1-866-996-9463. GM's number for this recall is 14121.

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GM recalls Cadillac ELRs

The vehicles may have electronic stability control software problems

General Motors is recalling 656 model year 2014 Cadillac ELR vehicles not equipped with adaptive cruise control and manufactured September 26, 2013, through February 14, 2014.

In these vehicles, the electronic stability control (ESC) system software may inhibit certain ESC diagnostics, preventing the system from alerting the driver that the ESC system is partially or fully disabled.

A driver who is not alerted to an ESC malfunction may continue driving with a disabled ESC system, possibly resulting in loss of directional control, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will recalibrate the Electronic Brake Control Module (EBCM), free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on April 17, 2014.

Owners may contact Cadillac at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14087.

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Judge asked to order GM to send a "park it now" warning to owners of recalled cars

But GM CEO Barra says the cars are safe to drive

Plaintiffs in a class action against General Motors want the judge hearing the case to order GM to warn owners of 1.6 million recalled cars that they should park their cars until defective ignition switched are replaced.

Charles and Grace Silvas are suing GM not because they or a loved one was injured or killed in one of the recalled cars. Rather, they say they and others who own one of the recalled vehicles have suffered a drop in the value of their car.

But GM CEO Mary Barra says it's just not so. In a prepared statement and a video, she said the recalled Chevrolet, Saturn and other vehicles are safe to drive as long as drivers don't apply excessive weight to the ignition switch. GM recommends having only the ignition key on their key ring and to avoid bumping the swith with their knee.

"GM engineers have done extensive analysis to make sure if only you have the key or only the key on a ring, the vehicle is safe to drive. In fact, when they presented this to me, the very first question I asked is would you let your family, your spouse, your children drive these vehicles in this condition and they said yes," Barra said.

The Silvas filed their request with U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi, where their suit is pending.

Regulators, lawyers and Congress have been pressing Barra for answers on why it too nearly 10 years for GM to recall the cars with the switches, which have been blamed for at least 12 deaths. 

Barra has been making a series of carefully controlled appearances and issuing statements and videos, while avoiding public venues where she might face unscripted questions and comments. She is due to appear before the U.S. Senate consumer protection subcommittee next week.

GM has asked dealers to offer free loaner cars to customers who don't want to drive their recalled vehicles.

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GM's handling of ignition-switch redesign raises eyebrows

Changes were made so secretly that even GM insiders didn't know about them

General Motors' handling of the faulty ignition switches that caused cars to stall without warning is looking murkier all the time. 

Automotive News reports today that GM redesigned the switch in 2006, eight years before the recall, without issuing a new part number. Because there was no new part number, engineers investigating reports of cars stalling didn't know about the change, which could have helped them identify the problem earlier.

The faulty part has been linked to at least 34 crashes and 12 deaths over the past decade, many of them in the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion.

Failing to assign a new part number would be highly unusual, according to three GM engineers quoted by the industry trade journal.   

"Changing the fit, form or function of a part without making a part number change is a cardinal sin," said one of the engineers quoted by Automotive News. "It would have been an extraordinary violation of internal processes."

"Old GM"

There's a lot at stake for both consumers and GM, because today's GM is not the General Motors that made the changes to the ignition switch. GM, you'll recall, declared bankruptcy in 2009 and today's GM is a different corporate entity.

GM's lawyers are expected to argue that today's GM bears no responsibility for what "Old GM" did. 

But consumer lawyers and safety advocates say that if GM intentionally withheld information about the ignition switch problem during the bankruptcy proceeding, the New GM/Old GM legal shield might be vulnerable.

GM CEO Mary Barra has apologized and ordered an inquiry by an outside investigator and the company has said it will cooperate fully with regulators and government agencies investigating the matter.

GM has recalled 1.6 million vehicles globally, including 2005-07 Cobalts and 2003-07 Saturn Ions, Pontiac G5s, Pontiac Solstices and Chevrolet HHRs.

Until the recalled cars are fixed, drivers should put their ignition key on a separate key ring to reduce weight and should also be careful not to bump the switch while driving.

The faulty ignition switches can switch to the "ACC" position, causing the engine to stop and cutting power to air bags, power steering and power brakes.

General Motors' handling of the faulty ignition switches that caused cars to stall without warning is looking murkier all the time. Automotive News ...
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General Motors recalls various vehicles with transmission problems

The transmission shift cable adjuster may disengage from the transmission shift lever

General Motors is recalling 355 model year 2014 Buick Regal, LaCrosse, Verano, and Enclave, and Chevrolet Impala, Malibu, Cruze, and Traverse, and GMC Acadia vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions.

In the affected vehicles, the transmission shift cable adjuster may disengage from the transmission shift lever. Should that happen, a driver may be unable to shift gear positions and the indicated shift position may not represent the gear position the vehicle is in. Should a disengagement occur while the vehicle is being driven, when the driver attempts to stop and park the vehicle, he may be able to shift the lever to the "PARK" position, but the vehicle transmission may not be in the "PARK" gear position. If the vehicle is not in the "PARK" position there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.

General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace any affected transmission shift cable adjusters, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late March 2014.

Chevrolet owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-222-1020, Buick owners at 1-800-521-7300, and GMC owners at 1-800-462-8782. General Motors' number associated with this recall is 14048.

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GM recalls another 1.7 million vehicles for three different defects

The latest recalls are not related to the ignition switch problem

General Motors is recalling more than 1.76 million additional vehicles for three separate defects not related to the ignition switch recall that has the company in hot water with consumers, Congress and just about everyone else.

"Today's announcement underscores the focus we're putting on the safety and peace of mind of our customers," GM's new CEO, Mary Barra, said in a statement and a video.

In the statement, Barra said the latest updates resulted partly because she asked her executives to give added attention to their pending reviews of GM products, "bring them forward and resolve them quickly."

Story continues after video

According to Automotive News, the latest GM U.S. recalls affect:

303,000 2009-2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans. GM says it will rework the material used in their instrument panels to satisfy U.S. crash standards meant to protect unbelted passengers. 

63,900 2013-2014 Cadillac XTS full-size luxury sedans. GM says it needs to fix a problem with brake booster corrosion that can lead to overheating. Two fires have been reported.

1.18 million 2008-2013 Buick Enclaves, 2008-2013 GMC Acadias, 2009-2013 Chevrolet Traverses and 2008-2010 Saturn Outlooks. The wiring harness for the seat-mounted side airbags can get pinched, turning on a warning light in the instrument panel. Ignoring the warning “will eventually result in the non-deployment of the side impact restraints,” including side airbags.

Ignition production

Barra said replacement ignition switches are being produced as fast as possible. She said the supplier making the switches has added a second production line to speed up the process. The switches are expected to be available to dealers starting April 7.

She said GM is “completely focused on the problem at the highest levels of the company” and would be changing its system for deciding and managing recalls.

“Something went wrong with our process in this instance,” she said in the video, “and terrible things happened.”

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Auto safety group: Deaths understated in GM ignition problem

And how about those free loaners GM offered?

How many deaths have there actually been in connection with an ignition problem in certain General Motors vehicles that resulted in the failure of airbags to deploy?

The automaker at first said there were 13 and then downgraded that to 12. But an auto safety group claims that figure dramatically understates the number of fatalities.

Deaths in the hundreds

The Center for Auto Safety says an examination of of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Fatal Analysis Reporting System shows 303 deaths of front seat occupants in the recalled 2005-07 Cobalts and 2003-07 Ions where the airbag failed to deploy in non-rear impact crashes. Further, it says, that does not include the other five models recalled or the number of deaths without airbag deployment would have been higher.

According to the non-profit safety advocacy group, the NHTSA data show front seat occupants were being killed in crashes where the airbags did not deploy as soon as the recalled vehicles hit the road. It points to three deaths in Saturn Ions during 2003 and 6 deaths in Chevrolet Cobalts in 2005. The number of front seat occupant deaths steadily climbed, the auto safety group maintains, as more Cobalts and Ions were sold, with 43 deaths in 2009 and 47 in 2010, all in cases where the airbags did not deploy.

GM disputes

CNNMONEY reports that GM is disputing the claim that all those deaths are connected to the ignition problems, although that report is apparently based on nothing more than a statement from GM.

"Without rigorous analysis, it is pure speculation to attempt to draw any meaningful conclusions. In contrast, research is underway at GM and the investigation of the ignition switch recall and the impact of the defective switch is ongoing," CNN quoted GM as saying. 

The charge by the Center for Auto Safety is just the latest development in the case of the GM ignition recall. Multiple investigations have been launched including probes by NHTSA and Congress.

About those loaners ...

GM has been trying to manage the public relations fall-out from the massive recall. Earlier this week, the automaker offered the 1.37 million owners of the recalled cars a $500 bonus towards the purchase of any new GM vehicle.

It also asked dealers to provide free loaner cars to any customer who felt uncomfortable driving the recalled vehicles until they are repaired. The key word here is "asked:" GM's request seems to be falling on deaf ears at some dealerships, even those in Detroit, according to consumers who've contacted ConsumerAffairs.

Brenjeana of Detroit took her 2007 Chevy Cobalt to James Martin Chevrolet on Woodward Avenue and was told she could not have a loaner.

"It is not my problem that this recall exists ... and it is not my problem that the parts are not available for another month and I feel angered," Brenjeana said in an email to ConsumerAffairs. "I fear for my life driving this car not knowing if I hit a pothole or when and where my car may stall out on me."

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James R. Hood contributed reporting to this story.

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GM offers $500 cash allowance to owners of 1.3 million recalled cars

Safety advocates say GM may try to use its 2009 bankruptcy to escape liability for deaths and injuries

Hoping to mollify customers outraged by the news that their ignition switch could kill them, General Motors is offering a $500 cash allowance towards the purchase or lease of a new GM car to 1.37 million consumers whose cars have been recalled.

The automaker also advised its dealers to offer loaners to any customers who say they are afraid to drive their cars until repairs have been made, something that may not happen for a month or more. GM also said it would pay to have recalled cars towed in for any customer who requests it. 

Consumers rate Chevy Cobalt

Customers are also cautioned to put their ignition key on a key ring by itself, to lessen the weight placed on the defective ignition switch. 

GM cautioned dealers not to use the $500 to wheedle customers into buying a new car.  "This allowance is not a sales tool; it is to be used to help customers in need of assistance," the company said.

The $500 cash offer is good towards the purchase of any 2013-2015 model year Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac.

The recall is not expected to begin until about April 7, allowing time for GM to distribute new parts to dealers. The recalled vehicles include 2005-07 Chevy Cobalts; 2007 Pontiac G5s; 2003-07 Saturn Ions; 2006-07 Chevy HHRs; and the 2007 Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky.

Bankruptcy issues

No one disputes that there have been injuries and fatalities associated with the defective ignition switches, which can slip into the "off" or "accessory" position when the car is in motion, shutting down the engine and cutting power to the airbags as well as power steering and brakes.

But what is likely to become an issue is the question of how GM's 2009 bankruptcy will affect lawsuits growing out of the faulty switches. GM initially said it knew of 13 deaths but now says the correct number is 12.

However, the likelihood is that, in retrospect, many accident victims and their survivors will consider the possibility that the ignition switch was at fault in accidents where it was initially overlooked. GM could claim that many of the accidents occurred prior to its bankruptcy and therefore are the responsibility of General Motors Corp., the "old" GM, rather than General Motors LLC, the "new" (and current) GM.

Tip of the iceberg

Saying that the 12 known deaths are "just the tip of the iceberg," the Center for Auto Safetytoday raised the possibility that GM was slow to initiate a recall in order to escape legal liability for at least some of the accidents.

"By concealing the ignition key defect for at least 10 years, GM created more victims and then robbed them of their legal rights through the passage of time. Justice delayed is justice denied," said Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the organization, and Joan Claybrook, a former administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in a letter to Mary Barra, GM's new president.

They called on GM to create a $1 billion trust fund to benefit victims of safety defects in GM vehicles.

"A teenager who is rendered a quadriplegic in a crash because the airbag fails to deploy can face lifetime medical costs of $30 million or more. What will the Cobalt recall cost -- perhaps $100/vehicle and total recall costs of no more $100 million in the US. Present known fatal victim costs will exceed the cost of the recall," Ditlow and Claybrook said.

Besides the expected avalanche of personal injury lawsuits, GM faces a Congressional probe and a U.S. Justice Department investigation into its handling of the situation.  

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Feds want to know why it took GM 10 years to report ignition-switch problems

Safety agency sends GM a 27-page letter interrogating it about the delay

Federal safety regulators have a few questions -- 107 to be exact -- for General Motors about its ignition switch recalls. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has sent GM a 27-page letter saying it would like to know, among other things, why it took GM nearly 10 years to recall cars with ignition switches that can turn off while the car is in motion.

GM has acknowledged that it first learned of issues with the ignitions back in 2004. It finally launched a recall of 1.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and several other models last month.

The problem, of course, is that if the ignition switch turns off suddenly, it cuts power to the airbags and other essential safety systems, like power brakes and steering. At least 13 deaths have been attributed to the defect.

"We are a data-driven organization, and we will take whatever action is appropriate based on where our findings lead us," NHTSA said in a statement posted on its website

GM said it is cooperating. "We want our customers to know that today's GM is committed to fixing this problem in a manner that earns their trust," the company said in a statement.

Internal investigation

The Wall Street Journalreported that GM has hired an outside law firm to conduct an internal investigation into who in the company knew about the problem and when they knew it.

GM has said that the problem manifests itself when the ignition key is on a ring with too many other objects, placing excess weight on the ignition switch. But it's not the only problem with the ignition in many GM models. Consumers have complained for years that they key gets "stuck" in the ignition, leaving them unable to remove it and, in some cases, unable to turn off the engine.

Until the recall gets underway and the troublesome switches can be replaced, GM recommends that drivers keep their ignition key on a ring separate from all other objects to reduce weight.

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GM expands ignition switch recall

Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac Solstice, and Saturn Ion and Sky included

Saying that it is “deeply sorry,” General Motors is expanding an earlier recall of 619,122 model year 2003-2007 vehicles to correct a condition with the ignition switch that may allow the key to unintentionally move or switch to the “accessory” or “off” position, turning off the engine and most of the electrical components on the vehicle.

In addition to the Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5 and Pontiac Pursuit sold in Canada only, GM is separately recalling 2003-2007 Saturn Ions, 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHRs, and 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky models.

Surging total

The number of affected U.S. vehicles -- including those in the earlier recall -- totals 1,367,146.

This expanded vehicle population raises the number of reported incidents involving frontal crashes, in which the recall condition may have caused or contributed to the non-deployment of the frontal airbags, to 31 involving 13 front-seat fatalities.

As part of the recall, GM is taking steps to address customer concerns and working with its suppliers to increase parts production and accelerate availability.

GM will notify all affected customers that in addition to recalling their vehicles and performing repairs at no charge to them, GM and its dealers will work with customers on an individual, case-by-case basis to minimize inconvenience associated with the recall.

“Ensuring our customers’ safety is our first order of business,” said GM North America President Alan Batey. “We are deeply sorry and we are working to address this issue as quickly as we can.”

Fixing the problem

In the affected vehicles, the ignition switch torque performance may not meet GM specifications. If the torque performance is not to specification, and the key ring is carrying added weight or the vehicle goes off road or experiences some other jarring event, the ignition switch may inadvertently be moved out of the “run” position.

The timing of the key movement out of the “run” position, relative to the activation of the sensing algorithm of the crash event, may result in the airbags not deploying, increasing the potential for occupant injury in certain kinds of crashes.

Dealers will replace the ignition switch to prevent the unintentional or inadvertent key movement. Until this correction is performed, customers should use only the ignition key with nothing else on the key ring.  

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General Motors recalls Chevy Cobalts and 2007 Pontiac G5s

The ignition switch could move out of the run position

General Motors is recalling 619,122 model year 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, and 2007 Pontiac G5 vehicles.

In the affected vehicles, the weight on the key ring and/or road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine. If the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ignition switch, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 or Pontiac at 1-800-762-2737. GM's number for this recall is 13454.

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Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras recalled

The exhaust components can overheat

General Motors is recalling 300,000 2014 model year Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras equipped with 4.3L or 5.3L engines.

When the vehicle is idling in cold temperatures, the exhaust components can overheat. The overheated exhaust components may melt nearby plastic parts and may result in an engine fire.

General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the engine control module, free of charge. The recall began on January 16, 2014.

Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 and GMC at 1-800-462-8782. General Motors' number for this recall is 14008.

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General Motors recalls Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD vehicles

The fuel gauge could indicate an inaccurate reading

General Motors is recalling 9,733 model year 2012-2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD vehicles, equipped with 6.6L diesel engines and dual fuel tanks.

In the affected vehicles, the transfer pump which moves fuel from the rear tank to the front tank could malfunction and cause the fuel gauge to indicate an inaccurate reading. An inaccurate reading could result in the vehicle stalling unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners and dealers will inspect and replace the fuel transfer pump, as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 and GMC at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 13420.

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GM recalls Chevy Malibus

The vehicles have HVAC and power seat problems

General Motors is recalling a more than 57,600 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles in two separate actions.

2014 models

In the first, about 42,696 model year 2014 vehicles manufactured June 12, 2013, through November 5, 2013, are being recalled.

The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) control in these vehicles may intermittently become inoperable when the vehicle is started, preventing the windshield defroster from working. The inability to turn on the windshield defroster may decrease the driver's visibility thereby increasing the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the electronic climate control module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 6, 2013. The recall campaign number is 13380.

2013 vehicles

The second recall involves about 14,909 model year 2013 Malibus manufactured October 25, 2011, through June 29, 2012 and equipped with the 8-way power adjustable front seat feature.

The wiring harness for the power seat may contact the seat frame which may chafe the harness. If the harness is chaffed enough to expose the wires, a short circuit could occur, resulting unintended movement of the seat, the seat to become inoperative, sparking under the seat, flickering lights, smoke, or possibly a fire.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the wire harness and repair and secure it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early December 2013. GM's recall campaign number is 13342.

Owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300 regarding either recall.

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Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles recalled

The front seatbacks may have play

General Motors is recalling 18,972 model year 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles manufactured August 1, 2013, through September 10, 2013, and equipped with manual reclining seatbacks.

In the affected vehicles, either of the front seatbacks may have play. If the vehicle is struck from behind, the head restraint may not properly protect occupants, increasing the risk of injury.

GM has notified owners. Dealers will inspect the seatback recliner mechanisms and make adjustments, as needed, free of charge.

Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 and GMC at 1-800-462-8782. GM's recall number is 13323.

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Chevrolet Sonics recalled

The front fuel tank strap bracket may separate from the vehicle

General Motors is recalling 1,558 model year 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured August 2, 2013, through August 12, 2013.

Due to insufficient welds, the front fuel tank strap bracket may separate from the vehicle. Should that happen, the increased load may lead to the failure of the other tank support. As a result, the fuel tank may come loose from the vehicle causing a fuel leak which, in the presence of an ignition source, may result in a fire.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the front fuel tank strap bracket, and repair it as necessary, free of charge. The recall will begin in early November 2013.

Owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300. GM's recall campaign number is 13296.

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General Motors recalls Chevrolet Camaro coupes

The required air bag warning label on the sun visor may peel off

General Motors is recalling 18,941 model year 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Camaro coupes manufactured June 9, 2013, through September 6, 2013.

In the affected vehicles, the required air bag warning label on the sun visor may peel off. If the air bag warning label detaches from the visor, the driver and front seat passenger may not be warned of the risks of air bag deployment, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and instruct them how to inspect the visor sticker. As necessary, dealers will replace the sun visor, free of charge. The recall began on October 28, 2013.

Owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300. GM's recall campaign number is 13284.

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Chevrolet Cruze vehicles recalled

The right front half shaft may fracture and separate

General Motors is recalling 3,161 model year 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles equipped with manual transmissions (MF3/MR5) and manufactured January 24, 2013, through August 1, 2013.

On the affected vehicles, the right front half shaft may fracture and separate. Should that happen while the vehicle is being driven, the vehicle would lose power and coast to a stop. Additionally, if a vehicle with a fractured half shaft is parked without the parking brake applied, it could move unexpectedly. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.

GM has notified owners. Dealers will replace the half shaft assembly, free of charge. The safety recall began on October 15, 2013.

Owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300. This is General Motors campaign number 13276.

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GM recalls SUVs with door lock problems

A short circuit could cause malfunctioning, smoke or fire

General Motors is recalling193,652 model year 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT, GMC Envoy XL, and 2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, SAAB 9-7x and Isuzu Ascender vehicles.

Fluid may enter the driver's door module, causing corrosion that could result in a short in the circuit board. That, in turn, could cause the power door lock and power window switches to function intermittently or become inoperative. It might also cause overheating, which could melt components of the door module, producing odor, smoke, or a fire.

A short in the circuit board could lead to a fire, increasing the risk of personal injury. A fire could occur even while the vehicle is not in use. As a precaution, owners are advised to park outside until the remedy has been made.

Owners will be contacted and dealers will test the driver's door module. If the module is functioning properly, a protective coating will be applied. If it is not functioning properly, it will be replaced. These repairs will be done free of charge. GM will notify Buick, Chevrolet, and GMC owners, Isuzu and Saab will contact their respective owners. The recall is expected to begin July 24, 2013.

Buick owners may contact the owner center at 1-800-521-7300, Chevrolet owners at 1-866-694-6546, GMC owners at 1-866-996-9463, Isuzu owners at 1-800-255-6727, and SAAB owners at 1-855-880-0808. GM's campaign number is 12180.  

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Buick LaCrosse and Regal, and Chevrolet Malibu vehicles recalled

The autos' batteries may not hold a charge

General Motors is recalling 42,904 model year 2012 and 2013 Buick LaCrosse and Regal, and model year 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco vehicles equipped with eAssist.

These vehicles may have a condition in which the Generator Control Module (GCM) may not function properly. This could cause a gradual loss of battery charge and the illumination of the malfunction indicator light. If the vehicle continues to be driven, the engine may stall and/or the vehicle may not start. In addition, there may be a burning or melting odor, smoke, and possibly a fire in the trunk.

GM will notify owners and dealers will test the GCM and replace it, as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300. GM's recall campaign number is 13136.

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GM Wants to Void Pre-Bankruptcy Warranties

"New GM" says it shouldn't be responsible for "Old GM" problems

General Motors (GM) has told a court it should not be responsible for warranty repairs for problems that pre-date its bankruptcy.

The carmaker made its case in a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit filed to correct suspension problem in more than 400,000 Chevrolets produced for the 2007 and 2008 model years.

The case arose from the complaint of one consumer, Donna Trusky of Blakely, Pa. In her June 29 lawsuit, Trusky claims her Chevrolet Impala was flawed by bad rear spindle rods, which she said caused her rear tires to suffer excessive tread wear.

The suit, which seeks class-action status, accuses GM of walking away from its warranty responsibilities and demands that the carmaker make repairs to affected vehicles. In making her case, Trusky points out that GM did, in fact, repair the same problem on Chevrolet Impalas sold to police departments.

'Old GM's' problem

But GM says the faulty rods are not its responsibility. Company lawyers note the cars in question were manufactured by “Old GM,” the company before it declared bankruptcy in 2009. The court filing maintains that “New GM” has no responsibility to repair cars manufactured before the reorganization.

"New GM's warranty obligations for vehicles sold by Old GM are limited to the express terms and conditions in the Old GM written warranties on a going-forward basis," wrote GM lawyer Benjamin Jeffers. “New GM did not assume responsibility for Old GM's design choices, conduct, or alleged breaches of liability under the warranty."

The motion was filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit. It will be up to the judge in the case to decide whether “New GM” has to fix Trusky's car, and 399,999 others.

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GM Recalling 1.5 Million Vehicles

Heated washer fluid system can overheat, posing fire hazard

May 21, 2010

General Motors has announced the recall of 1.5 million 2007-2009 model cars, trucks and crossovers to disable a heated washer fluid system module that could pose a fire risk. There are no known injuries or crashes related to the condition.

Because the feature will be disabled, GM said it will pay $100 to the owner or lessee of each vehicle.

"While our analysis shows the number of incidents is very small compared with the number of vehicles on the road, we want our customers to have complete peace of mind," said Jeff Boyer, executive director of Safety. "We always want to make sure customers can count on the safety and quality of their GM vehicle."

Dealership service personnel will remove the heated washer fluid module and reroute washer fluid hoses. Customers will begin receiving recall letters this month, but they can contact their dealer at any time to make an appointment to have the heated washer system removed, the company said.

"This was a unique technology available from only one supplier, and that supplier has stopped manufacturing, which left no opportunity to collaborate on an improved design," Boyer said. "We want to be clear that the voluntary payment to customers is for the loss of the feature, not the recall."

Models included in the recall are the 2006-2009 model year Buick Lucerne; Cadillac DTS; Hummer H2; 2008-2009 model year Buick Enclave; Cadillac CTS; 2007-2009 model year Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT; Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe; GMC Acadia, Sierra, Yukon, Yukon XL; Saturn Outlook; and 2009 model year Chevrolet Traverse.

Most of the vehicles, 1,365,070, are in the United States; there are 98,794 affected vehicles in Canada; 26,228 in Mexico, and 38,093 exports.

The heated washer fluid system was recalled in August 2008 because a short circuit on the printed circuit board could overheat the control-circuit ground wire. Dealers at the time installed an in-line fuse in the heated washer module wiring.

The government closed its initial investigation after the 2008 recall. GM continued to monitor the performance of the heated washer fluid module in the field and continued communications with NHTSA.

In June 2009, a new and second failure mode was identified by GM with the first confirmed report consisting of smoke only. Since then, GM has been made aware of five fires.

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California Court to Rule on Dex-Cool Settlement

GM could pay millions in repair claims

Millions of consumers could collect repair costs from General Motors for engine damage caused by the coolant Dex-Cool following a hearing in California scheduled for late August.

Two class-action lawsuits are pending in California state court involving GM customers who claim Dex-Cool damaged engines, formed a brown sludge in the radiator and caused coolant leaks.

More than 30 GM cars and trucks built from 1995 to 2004 are involved.

The hearing to consider a settlement is scheduled for August 29 in the California Superior Court in Alameda to consider the suits which affect GM customers in 49 states. The only state not included, Missouri, has a hearing scheduled for September 5.

As many as 20 million GM customers could be covered by the settlement with GM owing up to $800 to current and former customers for repair cost reimbursements.

GM customers with Dex-Cool engine damage who are eligible for reimbursements have until October 27 to submit a claim.

The settle requires GM to pay up to $27 million in attorney fees and expenses.

The automaker would also be required to pay for the notice of the settlement, including all mailings and advertisements throughout the U.S.

GM claimed Dex-Cool would last five years or 150,000 miles, almost twice as long as conventional coolants. The automaker placed labels under the hoods of cars and trucks containing Dex-Cool warning consumers not to mix other coolants with Dex-Cool. GM added an advisory to its 1995 owner's manual advising consumers and service technicians to use Dex-Cool only.

The first lawsuit claiming Dex-Cool damaged engines and cooling systems was filed in April 2003. GM argued that customers neglected maintenance instructions for their vehicles and caused the problems with engine or cooling systems.

GM vehicles covered by the lawsuits are:

Buick: LeSabre, Park Avenue, Regal, Riviera, Century, Rendezvous, Regal, and Skylark Chevrolet Camaro, Impala, Lumina, Monte Carlo

Chevrolet: Camaro, Impala, Lumina, Malibu, Monte Carlo, Venture, Corsica, Beretta, Lumina APV

Oldsmobile: Alero, Cutlass (Supreme and Ciera), Silhouette, Bravada, Eighty-Eight, Intrigue, LSS, Ninety-Eight

Pontiac: Aztek, Grand Am, Grand Prix, Montana, Trans SportBonneville, Firebird, Grand Prix

GMC: Envoy, Jimmy, S15

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GM Buys Back 800 Problem Cars and Trucks

It's a rare move but a sure way to solve the problem

General Motors is buying back about 800 cars and trucks from their owners rather than try to repair serious safety defects in the vehicles.

While not many cars and trucks are involved, it is rare for an automaker to buy back a vehicle.

The GM cars and trucks involved in the buyback were returned from leases and rentals, then refitted with leather aftermarket upholstery. GM discovered that the occupant sensing system that determines when the front passenger airbag should be turned on or off was engineered only for the original cloth interior.

GM executives concluded that a buyback was in the best interests of the company and would be less disruptive to customers. The vehicles will be salvaged for parts.

The GM vehicles included in the buyback are the 2005-06 Buick LaCrosse and Rendezvous, Chevrolet TrailBlazer and GMC Envoy; 2006 Chevrolet HHR and Malibu, Hummer H3 and Pontiac G6; 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Sierra and Pontiac Montana; and 2004 Chevrolet Silverado.

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GM Extends Warranty to Five Years, 100,000 Miles

Automaker Hopes to Improve Image, Sell Quality

General Motorsis increasing the powertrain warranty on all of its 2007 passenger vehicles to five years and 100,000 miles.

"At GM today, we believe in our cars and trucks," GM CEO Rick Wagoner Wagoner said. "We're putting our money where our mouth is."

The increase, from the previous warranty of three years and 36,000 miles begins immediately and covers 900 engine, transmission and driveline components.

"This isn't going to be cheap, but we think it's going to be more effective for where we are today," GM CEO Rick Wagoner said at a press conference. "We think it's manageable within the cost conditions we've laid out."

GM sales continue to struggle as the company fights an image of poor vehicle quality aas well as the customer perception that many import brands, particularly from Japan, are better built. The automaker is counting on the expanded warranty to help ease that perceived quality gap between GM vehicles and those of its rivals.

GM will also expand its roadside assistance and courtesy vehicle programs and the new warranties carry deductibles and can be transferred.

The powertrain warranty will be in addition to the current three-year, 36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper guarantees. Buick, Cadillac, Hummer and Saab currently carry four-year, 50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper coverage.

In July, Ford Motor Co. extended its powertrain warranties by up to two years on 2007 Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models.

GM currently offers a 36-month, 36,000 mile warranty on most of its vehicles.

Some Korean automakers such as Hyundai, which has also faced consumer perception problems, offers a 5-year, 60,000 warranty on just about all parts of its vehicles, along with a 10-year, 100,000 mile warranty on its powertrain.

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GM Recalls Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra Pickups to Fix Tailgate

General Motors is recalling 805,368 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks because of weak tailgate support cables according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall involves 1999-2000 models of both brands. The cables used to support the tailgate can corrode and fracture, NHTSA reported on its Web site.

A spokesman for GM said the galvanized steel cables were protected with a plastic coating but water has been found to get in the coating and cause the cable to corrode and snap when the tailgate is down.

GM reports there have been 84 injuries because of the corroded cables, most of them minor scrapes and bumps.

Owners will receive letters in April and the tailgate cable will be replaced with a stainless steel cable.



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GM Regional Truck Recall Stops Short

North or South, Trucks Don't Stop

Owners of General Motors trucks and SUVs in 30 states not covered by the GM regional recall continue to struggle with malfunctioning anti-lock brakes. Owners in the 20 states and the District of Columbia covered by the recall are struggling with GM dealers reluctant to fix the brakes as part of the recall.

Because of the well-documented problem, the anti-lock brake system in some of GM pickups and SUVs sometimes does not work properly causing increased stopping distances during low-speed braking.

GM, in December, expanded its recall of sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks to include another 553,000 vehicles because of potential problems with the anti-lock braking system and raising the number of states covered by the regional recall to 20.

The automaker had recalled 804,000 full-size pickup trucks and SUVs in August in 14 states because of the brake problem.

In all, 1,357,000 pickups and SUVs are now part of the massive GM recall and things are not going well for truck owners or the automaker.

GM continues to insist that the problem with its anti-lock system is regionally based, stemming from road salt in cold-weather states. Corrosion from salt gets in between the surface of the wheel hub and the anti-lock brake sensor, pushing the sensor farther away from the bearings, according to the GM explanation.

The vehicle computer then receives a false reading of speed, causing the anti-lock brakes to engage at the wrong time.

Danny in Greenville, North Carolina, disagrees that it is a regional problem. He told ConsumerAffairs.com: "I've had many close calls due to ABS engaging and pedal going to floor. It happens when hitting road bumps while depressing the brake pedal to slow vehicle."

The anti-lock brake malfunctions have nothing to do with weather conditions or geography Danny insists.

"I've seen the recalls on northern trucks allegedly relating to snow and salt but this is a more serious issue relating to all of their 1999 trucks," Danny writes. "I have learned how to compensate for its faulty brakes but it's only a matter of time before the right situation arises and I'll be at the auto body shop like many others who've encountered the same situation."

For those covered by the recall, Chevrolet and GMC dealers remove the anti-lock brake sensors and clean the wheel-bearing casings. The casings are then coated with a rust-proofing compound.

Dealer Roadblocks

Despite new GM promises to fix the brake problem regardless of where a vehicle is registered, some owners say they face dealer roadblocks when they bring their trucks in for repair.

Sandy in Midland, Virginia, paid for new brakes in her 2001 Silverado herself, not withstanding the GM promise to fix the problem. "I had to have all 4 rotors and brakes replaced. I don't think this is acceptable."

Kevin, who also lives in Virginia, faced a similar situation when his truck became too difficult to drive because he needed extra distance to stop.

The bill from GM to repair his brakes that would be covered by the recall in 20 other states reached almost $900.

"I'm beside myself," he said "If I was two miles away in Maryland, I'd be covered by the recall."

Silverado owners in states included in the recall are reporting dealership problems and unwilling service managers to ConsumerAffairs.com.

Joe in Howell, New Jersey owns a 2002 Silverado with 11,560 miles on the truck. "I took the truck into the dealer on January 10 for a brake issue recall. Some hours later the dealer called me and informed me that I needed 4 brake rotors. He stated that it wasn't covered under the warranty or the recall," Joe wrote.

A number of truck owners have removed a fuse to deactivate their anti-lock brakes, preferring conventional brakes to a system that was unreliable.

Donnie in Troy, Alabama has owned five Silverado trucks.

"The 2003 that I have now has the least response when the brake pedal is engaged than any I have owned. I must leave several car lengths between me and the vehicle in front of me in order to avoid accidents," Donnie wrote.

"The dealer assured there is nothing 'wrong' with my brakes," Donnie told us.

Federal regulators with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)) are uncertain that problems generated by the GM recall are a result of regional nature of the recall. NHTSA insists, however that the agency is listening to consumers.

"We encourage people to call our hotline and make us aware of their problems. We also encourage them to call their dealers," a NHTSA spokesman said.

Joan Claybrook, a former head of NHTSA and president of Public Citizen was more pointed in her criticism of regional recalls. "It's a financial issue. Recalls are expensive, and automakers don't want to do them."

Silverado owners say the real issue is simply the stopping distance of their trucks: the brakes don't work properly and GM has not taken adequate steps to fix the problem.

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GM Expands Recall to Fix Truck, SUV Brakes

General Motors is expanding a recall of sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks to include another 553,000 vehicles because of potential problems with brakes.

In August the automaker recalled 804,000 full-size pickup trucks and SUVs in 14 states for the brake problem.

In all 1,357,000 pickups and SUVs are now part of the GM recall.

The anti-lock brake system in some vehicles can malfunction and cause an increased stopping distances during low-speed braking.

The expanded recall includes pickup truck and SUVs in Delaware, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

GM vehicles affected by the recall include the Chevrolet Avalanche and Silverado pickups and the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe SUVs. The GMC Sierra pickup and Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs are also affected. All the vehicles are from the 1999-2002 model years.

GM and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received reports of more than 200 crashes, some minor injuries, involving vehicles linked to the recall.

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GM Recalls 4 Million Pickups

General Motors is recalling about 4 million 2000-2004 model-year full-size pickups worldwide to replace tailgate support cables that may corrode and fracture.

The models involved are certain 2000-2004 Chevrolet Silverado's and GMC Sierra's built between October 1999 and October 2003. Also, some 2002-04 Chevrolet Avalanche and Cadillac Escalade EXT trucks built between March 2001 and October 2003 are being recalled.

If the cables are corroded, they may fracture when loads are applied to the tailgate. If both cables were to fracture, the tailgate would open an additional ten-degrees, rest on the top surface of the rear bumper, and remain supported by the bumper. The tailgate would drop to a lower position only if the owner had previously removed the rear bumper.

There have been reports of 134 minor injuries related to this condition but no crashes or fatalities.

"While working in the back of my 2001 Chevrolet Silverado I stepped from the bed onto the tailgate. Both support straps on the tailgate broke and I fell onto the crank of my landscape trailer," Dale of Walton, KS, said in a complaint to ConsumerAffairs.com.

"I found that I severely bruised my ribs and whatever other muscles are in the area. I have incurred doctor and hospital charges as well as 2 days off work for myself and one day for my wife," he said.

The recall comes a month after NHTSA announced it was investigating the breaking tailgates. NHTSA spokeswoman Liz Neblett said Thursday that the government will continue to monitor the problem.

GM isn't recalling two vehicles that were part of NHTSA's investigation: the 1999 GMC Sierra and the 1999 Chevrolet Silverado.

GM spokesman Jim Schell said the 1999 vehicles have the same cables but their tailgates haven't been breaking at a rate high enough to warrant a recall.

Of the total, about 3.7 million of the vehicles are in the U.S., approximately 325,000 are in Canada, and about 93,000 are in Mexico. The remaining vehicles are outside these countries.

In these models, GM will replace the existing galvanized, braided steel support cables with stainless steel support cables. These replacements will be performed at no cost to the customers.

Due to the large number of vehicles involved in this recall, the replacement cables will not be available immediately, so the notification and repair process will occur in phases. However, in the meantime, GM will advise owners to avoid applying direct loads to the tailgate until the cables can be inspected and, if necessary, replaced. During the third quarter of this year, GM will begin notifying the first round of owners of the vehicles involved in this recall. They will be instructed to contact their Chevrolet, GMC, or Cadillac dealers to arrange for service. GM will continue this cadence of notification and replacement throughout the year until all vehicles receive the stainless steel support cables. If an owner experiences a fracture of the tailgate support cables, the customer should contact the dealer to arrange for service as soon as possible.

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GM Truck Probe Widened

Probe into tailgate failures

Federal safety regulators have upgraded a probe into tailgate failures on full-size pickup trucks built by General Motors Corp. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) upgraded the probe to an "engineering analysis," a step that can precede a recall.

A recall would involve nearly 4.5 million of the pickups. The trucks involved are 1999-2003 Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras, as well as Chevrolet Avalanche and Cadillac EXT trucks from the 2002 and 2003 model years.

GM has reported 96 injuries linked to the tailgate problem. The company has received 430 complaints about one or both of the tailgate support cables breaking on the trucks that are being studied.

It happened to Dale of Walton, Ken. "While working in the back of my 2001 Chevrolet Silverado I stepped from the bed onto the tailgate. Both support straps on the tailgate broke and I fell onto the crank of my landscape trailer," Dale said in a complaint to ConsumerAffairs.com.

"I found that I severely bruised my ribs and whatever other muscles are in the area. I have incurred doctor and hospital charges as well as 2 days off work for myself and one day for my wife," he said.

NHTSA says GM has also reported more than 61,000 warranty claims due to the problem.

GM has recalled more than 2.4 million vehicles due to other potential safety problems this month. The recalls, though not uncommon for a mass market automaker, follow GM's recent assertions that its quality has rebounded from the dark days of the early 1990s when it almost went bankrupt.

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GM Will Sell Rebadged Daewoos

June 15, 2002
General Motors now says it will sell rebadged Daewoo vehicles in the United States. GM, facing a court challenge from Daewoo dealers, had previously said it did not expect to sell the Korean cars in the U.S. market.

GM bought the assets of bankrupt Daewoo Motor Co. earlier this year, giving it control of Daewoo's three factories in Korea and Vietnam. But it did not buy Daewoo Motor America, thus leaving U.S. dealers high and dry and casting doubt on the value of the warranties held by U.S. consumers.

Daewoo owners are having problems getting parts and service on their cars and some have been told that their warranties are no longer valid. GM has said it will honor warranties but has not said how it plans to do so.

The disclosure that GM now plans to sell rebadged Daewoos in the U.S. was made in a written response to a letter from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, which had questioned the company about its intentions.

Twenty-three Daewoo dealers in Florida have filed suit against GM, claiming it has violated dealer franchise laws in Florida and other states by refusing to honor Daewoo Motor America's contracts with dealers. GM has argued that since it bought only the assets of the parent company, it has no obligation to the dealers or, presumably, consumers.

In its response to Florida officials, GM said it was not violating franchise laws which prohibit selling the same products through different sales channels. It said the rebadged Daewoos would not be identical to those previously sold through Daewoo dealers.

GM is also using legal maneuvers to try to move the case out of Florida. It has petitioned a U.S. District Court to hear the case, arguing that since Daewoo's U.S. sales arm has filed for bankruptcy, the federal courts have jurisdiction.

GM warned that a lengthy legal fight would prevent the dealers from honoring customers' warranties, which will be funded by a GM-Daewoo coalition once an agreement is reached. Meanwhile, the dealers "are just strangling to death," said Dan Myers, a Florida lawyer representing the dealers.

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