USA Today reported this morning that GM issued three new recalls, all of which are unrelated to the recent ignition switch recall. This new recall involves nearly 1.5 million vehicles.
Last month’s ignition switch recall involved 1.37 million US vehicles and resulted in lawsuits. It also resulted in federal investigations after reports surfaced claiming that GM knew about the faulty switch as early as 2001 but didn’t report the problem.
GM knew of 31 car accidents and 12 deaths from the faulty ignition switch.
However, there have been no reports of such car accidents or deaths caused by the following new recalls, all of which couldn’t be connected to the earlier recall:
Seat-mounted side airbags could fail due to a fault in the wiring in 1.18 million full-size crossover SUVs, widely used as family vehicles: 2008-2013 GMC Acadia, 2009-2013 Chevrolet Traverse, 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook and the 2008-2013 Buick Enclave.
GM claimed the danger happens if the airbag warning light on the instrument panel lights up but the owner fails to get the airbags checked at the dealership, resulting in the wiring eventually failing and the airbags not working.
A plug in the brake system of 63,900 2013 and 2014 Cadillac XTS full-size sedans can come loose, allowing corrosion in the system and causing overheating that could lead to an engine-compartment fire.
GM claimed reports of two fires in dealer-owned cars at car dealerships and two reports of warranty claims, but not fire, in customer cars. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported.
Unbelted front passengers in the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans can suffer serious head injuries because the material covering the passenger-side airbags doesn’t meet federal standards. This means passengers wearing seat belts are not at risk. This involves 303,000 2009-2014 vans with gross weight ratings of less than 10,000 pounds.
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