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GM Adds More Recalls

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On: Wed, May 21, 2014 at 2:08PM | By: Karen Cook

GM Adds More Recalls

General Motors has released a bevy of new recalls which brings their total (for those keeping track) to 29 since the first of this year. That adds up to 13.6 million vehicles in the US which have needed some sort of repair due to factory defects. Some of those cars are counted more than once since several of the recalls covered more than one potential problem. I don't think that makes the figures any better.

New recall #1: 1.3 million Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia vehicles built between 2009-2014 and Saturn Outlooks built between 2009-2010 will need service because the front seat belt cables can wear out over time and separate. GM issued a stop sale order last Monday, but the manufacturer is unable to repair this problem because the parts are not available. I guess if you have one, drive slow.

New recall #2: 1.1 million 2004-2008 Chevy Malibus and 2005-2006 Pontiac G6 sedans, both with 4-speed automatic transmissions, have a shift cable that can wear out. There are 18 crashes and one injury connected with this issue.

2007-2008 Saturn Auras also have a shift cable defect which could fracture and deny the driver the ability to select a different gear, shift into park or remove the keys from the ignition. 28 crashes and one injury have been linked to this fault.

New recall #3: 1,402 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV vehicles from this model year have a passenger-side airbag which may not fully deploy in a crash. These just hit dealer showrooms last month and only 224 have been sold. These owners are being notified by overnight mail, phone calls, and emails. All others will be repaired before they are sold.

New recall #4: 58 Chevy Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pick-up trucks have been found to have retention clips, which attach the generator fuse box to the body of the truck, that can come loose leading to a risk of fire.

Query: Would it be cheaper for GM to halt production of vehicles, take a year to fix everything that's wrong with its manufacturing and start with a clean slate?


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