The brand announced three separate new recalls, the first of which deals with 303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans from the 2009-2014 model years. The vans with a gross-vehicle weight rating at or below 10,000 do not comply with a federal requirement that deals with head impact safety. A new plastic cover for the front airbags will be installed and GM will halt sales of new vans until they are fitted with the new part.
The Cadillac XTS is the subject of the second recall, which involves 63,900 vehicles from the 2013-2014 model year. A plug in the brake booster relay can become loose which allows corrosive elements to enter the connector, possibly leading to a short circuit which can causing melting of plastic parts or a fire. GM says it knows of two XTS fires that occurred on unsold vehicles.
The last, and largest of the three recalls involves 1.8 million Buick Enclaves and GMC Acadias from the 2008-2013 model years, the 2009-2013 Chevy Traverse and finally the 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook. A service airbag warning light that is ignored can result in the non-deployment of the seat-mounted side air bags, front center air bag (if equipped), and the seat belt pretensioners.
All of these recalls are the result of investigations currently underway looking into GM’s handling of a 1.6-million vehicle recall that is tied to numerous accidents and deaths. In that case, it is alleged that GM knew of the issue as early as 2001, but the company did nothing about it until February of 2014.
“I asked our team to redouble our efforts on our pending product reviews, bring them forward and resolve them quickly,” said Mary Barra, GM CEO. “We are conducting an intense review of our internal processes and will have more developments to announce as we move forward.”
GM has set aside $300 million to deal with all three of these recalls, along with the initial ignition switch issue. CEO Mary Barra has already apologized for the ignition switch debacle, and stated that GM will be handling recalls differently in the future. This is the first instance of the revised recall strategy.
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