Auto News: GM Recalls Millions of Cars & Trucks for Safety Issues

GM recalling millions of vehicles.

General Motors is recalling millions of vehicles

Automotive news you can use.  General Motors is recalling 3 million more vehicles to fix five different safety issues that have reportedly caused hundreds of complaints and injuries.

According to USA Today, many of the 2.7 million vehicles being recalled are in the U.S. The recalled vehicles are said to include a some of GM’s redesigned pickups and SUVs, which have a potential steering problem.

The issues is concerning enough that the newspaper reports that the automaker alerted those owners via overnight-delivery letters Wednesday, telling them to have their trucks hauled — not driven — to dealers for inspection and repair, if needed.

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Included in GM’s new recall: 140,067 new Chevrolet Malibus for brake issues that you may have read/hear about earlier this week. See the full story: New Malibu’s brakes can malfunction

According to USA Today: GM  will take a $200 million charge in this quarter for the cost of the recalls. The car company says it has issued 24 recalls this year. They include 12.8 million vehicles worldwide and 11.2 million of those are in the U.S.

Overview of recalls per USA Today:

• 2,440,591 U.S.-market, previous-generation passenger cars for a taillamp malfunction that also can disable the cruise control, traction control, electronic stability control and panic braking assist feature. Another 194,314 are in Canada and 68,819 were exported.

• 477 full-size, 2014-model, U.S.-market pickup trucks and 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs for a tie-rod defect that can lead to a crash. Another 33 are in Canada and 10 have been exported.

• 111,889 previous-generation Chevrolet Corvettes in the U.S., for loss of low-beam head lamps. Another 3,054 are in Canada and 5,677 more were exported. In addition, 103,158 newer Corvettes that might have the same problem get the fix in what GM calls a customer satisfaction program.

• 19,225 Cadillac CTS 2013-2014 models for windshield wiper failures. Another 732 are in Canada, 94 in Mexico and 1,512 were exported.

• 140,067 Chevrolet Malibus from the 2014 model year for hydraulic brake booster malfunctions. Canada has another 732 and Mexico has 1,163.

The taillight recall is the biggest group involved the recall that includes the 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu, the 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, the 2005-2010 Pontiac G6 and the 2007-2010 Saturn Aura models. GM has reportedly said the brake-lamp wiring harness has to be modified. GM states that corrosion causes the brake-light fault, which also can disable the cruise control, traction control, electronic stability control and panic braking assist feature.

The automaker says it knows of several hundred complaints, 13 crashes and two injuries, but no fatalities as a result of the condition. The company issued a technical service bulletin concerning the problem in 2008, and recalled a small group of 2005 model-year cars in January 2009.

Other vehicle details you need to know:

Apparently, the Corvette recall is due to the low-beam headlights can quit working. Models from 2008-2013 with the same flaw will be covered under what GM calls a customer satisfaction program.

GM knows of several hundred complaints as result of the condition but no crashes, injuries or fatalities.

The Cadillac CTS has a potential fault that could cause the windshield wiper system to quit operating after a jump start when the wipers have been left on but are restricted, such as by ice and snow. Dealers are to replace the wiper module free of charge. GM is unaware of any crashes or injuries due to the condition.

At Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford, your safety is the primary concern. Our team hopes that everyone involved in the recall will take their vehicles in for immediate inspection and repair. If you are looking to trade in your vehicle, Prestige offer a free appraisal and top dollar for your trade in. In fact, we’ll buy yours, even if you don’t buy ours. Stay safe out there!

Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2014/05/15/gm-new-recall-brakes-lights-wipers/9118137/

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