General Motors announced another wave of recalls today covering four separate issues including the new Escalade and heavy-duty trucks.
The latest recall announcement covers 2.42 million vehicles and GM estimates that in the second quarter it will spend a combined total of up to $400 million on recall-related costs including the previous 2.7 million vehicle campaign announced May 16. Today’s announcement brings the Detroit auto maker’s total number of recalled vehicles to roughly 13.6 million. In total, GM said it has initiated 29 recall campaigns so far in 2014.
The Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Traverse and Saturn Outlook are all being called back from the 2009 to 2014 model years except for the Outlook, which was discontinued after the 2010 model year. This is the second time GM announced a recall affecting those vehicles this year. In this case, 1,339,355 units are affected by a flaw with the front seat lap belts. According to GM, they can wear out “over time.” The company is barring its dealers from selling any new or used full size crossovers affected by the recall until they have been repaired.
GM also announced today that it is calling back 1,075,102 Chevrolet Malibu mid-size sedans from the 2004 to 2008 model years along with the Pontiac G6 form 2005 to 2008 because the four-speed automatic transmission shift cable can wear out prematurely. If that happens, the car could mismatch the shift lever’s position indicator with where it actually is, misleading drivers to thinking the car is set in drive when it is, in fact in another setting altogether.
Next up in the latest round of recalls, the all-new 2015 Cadillac Escalade is being pulled back to the barn after having barely had time to leave. Insufficiently heated plastic welds attaching the passenger side air bag to the instrument panel assembly might prevent the bags from deploying in a crash. In total, 1,402 Escalades and Escalade ESVs are being recalled.
Finally, 58 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD trucks are also being recalled because retention clips that attach the generator fuse block to the vehicle body might come loose, which could potentially cause a fire.
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