2013 Chevy Express vanStill embroiled in the ongoing ignition switch recall, General Motors announced today three more discrete recalls, affecting a grand total of 1,546,900 vehicles in the US. The Detroit News reports that some 1.7 million vehicles are affected overall in North America.

The first and largest of the trio of new recalls concerns some 1.18-million Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia crossovers from the 2008-2013 model years, Chevrolet Traverse from 2009-2013 (pictured above) and Saturn Outlook vehicles from 2008-2010. All of the crossover utilities may have an issue with the wiring harness for their seat-mounted side airbags. Apparently, the vehicles are equipped with a Service Air Bag warning light that, if ignored, "will eventually result in the non-deployment of the side impact restraints." Those restraints include the side airbags, a front-center airbag if the vehicle is so equipped and seatbelt pretensioners.

Dealers of affected vehicles will be instructed to remove driver and passenger side airbag wiring harness connectors, and then "splice and solder the wires together."

The second recall affects 303,000 Chevrolet Express (pictured right) and GMC Savana vans from model years 2009-2014, and with gross vehicle weights under 10,000 pounds. Said vehicles do not comply with a head impact requirement for unrestrained occupants, and will need a reworking of the instrument panel material to be sent back on the road. It doesn't sound as though there's a quick fix for this one, as the GM press release states: "Unsold vehicles have been placed on a stop delivery until development of the solution has been completed and parts are available."

Finally, the third recall affects 63,900 Cadillac XTS luxury sedans from model years 2013 and 2014. A brake booster pump may be susceptible to corrosion by way of the relay, potentially causing and electrical short, overheating, melting of plastic components and even engine fires. GM says it is aware of two engine fires in unsold XTS models and two cases of melted parts. Repairs for the issues affecting the XTS have not not mentioned by GM in the release.

The Detroit News is also reporting that along with news of the triple-recall, GM is taking a $300-million credit to help pay for the repair costs, and to deal with the ongoing costs associated with the ignition switch recall. In an attempt to explain just what GM has been doing in the face of these very serious issues, newly minted CEO Mary Barra has addressed the issues in a new video. Scroll down to watch Barra's mea culpa update, and to find the brief GM press release.


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GM Redoubles Safety Efforts, Announces New Recalls

- 2009-2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana to get reworked instrument panel material to meet compliance for unbelted passengers

- 2013 and some 2014 Cadillac XTS models to be repaired to prevent possible brake booster corrosion that may result in overheating

- Some 2008-2009 and all 2010-2013 Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, some 2009 and all 2010-2013 Chevrolet Traverse, and some 2008-2009 and all 2010 Saturn Outlook to repair the wiring harness of seat mounted side air bags

DETROIT – As a result of Mary Barra's request for a comprehensive internal safety review following the ignition switch recall, General Motors today announced three separate recalls involving U.S. production and sales of approximately:

303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana from the 2009-2014 model years with gross vehicle weight under 10,000 pounds
63,900 Cadillac XTS full-size sedan from the 2013 and 2014 model years
1.18 million Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia models from the 2008-2013 model years, Chevrolet Traverse from the 2009-2013 model years, and Saturn Outlook from the 2008-2010 model years
"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. "That is what today's GM is all about."

The full-size vans with gross vehicle weights of 10,000 pounds or less do not comply with a head impact requirement for unrestrained occupants, requiring a rework of the passenger instrument panel material.

Unsold vehicles have been placed on a stop delivery until development of the solution has been completed and parts are available. Customers will be notified at that time. Repairs will be made at no charge to customers.

In the XTS, a brake booster pump can create positive pressure within the wiring harness attached to the pump relay. This pressure can lead to the dislodging of a plug in the brake booster pump relay, allowing corrosive elements to enter the connector and form a low-resistance short that could lead to overheating, melting of plastic components and a possible engine compartment fire.

GM is aware of two engine compartment fires in unsold vehicles at dealerships and two cases of melted components.

With respect to the Enclave, Traverse, Acadia and Outlook, the vehicles are equipped with a Service Air Bag warning light in the driver information center. Ignoring the Service Air Bag warning light will eventually result in the non-deployment of the side impact restraints, which include driver and passenger seat-mounted side air bags, front center air bag (if equipped), and the seat belt pretensioners.

To repair the condition, dealers will remove the driver and passenger side air bag wiring harness connectors and splice and solder the wires together.

"Today's announcement underscores the focus we're putting on the safety and peace of mind of our customers. We are conducting an intense review of our internal processes and will have more developments to announce as we move forward," Barra said.

GM expects to take a charge of approximately $300 million in the first quarter primarily for the cost of the repairs for the three safety actions and the previously announced ignition switch recall.


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      Cruising
      • 9 Months Ago
      Ok Mrs. Barra you have entered into some unfortunate events as head of GM, let's see how your abilities can handle these situations.
      m_2012
      • 9 Months Ago
      Bankruptcy in 3,2,1... Millions of cars recalled, hundreds of deaths, and no end in sight.
        Larry Litmanen
        • 9 Months Ago
        @m_2012
        I work from home and make $100 an hour because i was hurt in GM ignition fiasco.
      mapoftazifosho
      • 9 Months Ago
      This is like the cheating spouse that says..."we'll, if I'm perfectly honest...it wasn't just the babysitter..."
      Roger Smith
      • 9 Months Ago
      The sad part is our tax money when down the drain,means China and SAIC motors for the explanation of Buick brand and the power to buy Daewoo,people used to make fun of Daewoo cars and is the ones that safe the GM mess ,Toyota have recalls also Honda,but they know how to build cars that last and are put together so good that even GM tried in bane to copy them and fail.....I call this Karma!
        M5_4_life
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Roger Smith
        typical stupid comment. "I got caught with my pants down to my knees but you should see the other guy, it was down to his ankles!"
        Dark Gnat
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Roger Smith
        Toyota and Honda have had far more recalls in the past few years than GM, so your logic is flawed.
          Kit
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Dark Gnat
          Seeing how there is mounting evidence that GM should've been recalling lots of these cars yesterday, that isn't surprising..
          Brian Meissen
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Dark Gnat
          Atleast someone has common sense in here!
      owen brown
      • 9 Months Ago
      No sign of normc32) . I wonder what happened , he was just on the Honda recall post telling everyone how bad Foreign is and how great his GM is.
        normc32
        • 9 Months Ago
        @owen brown
        Looks like GM might bump Honda out of 2nd place in total recalls this year. But we are only in the 3rd month of the year and have much to go.
          owen brown
          • 9 Months Ago
          @normc32
          I'd still take a Honda that's been recalled 100 times over a GM that's been recalled 10 times any day.
          imtoomuch1
          • 9 Months Ago
          @normc32
          You'd buy a Honda car? Wow. Enough said.
          Karfreek
          • 9 Months Ago
          @normc32
          imintoomuch - I have two hondas, let me tell you how many times they have been to the dealer over almost 30,000mi in 14 months of total driving between the two. ZERO. Let me show you the folders of repair invoices from the 6 GM products that I have had....
      owen brown
      • 9 Months Ago
      This gotta be some kind of record. Three recalls all at once?
        Dmitriy Markelov
        • 9 Months Ago
        @owen brown
        Although GM's does seem to be havine some huge recall isues (and worst) right now, recalls by themselves are not a bad thing. I would rather have a manufacturer issue a recall and fix vehicles than hide the problem for years like GM did with their ignition problem. So if GM needs to issue a few more to assure the safety of their vehicles, then more power to them.
          mapoftazifosho
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Dmitriy Markelov
          Yeah, but this oozes of guilt...these a three totally separate and distinct recalls!
      Big Squid
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'm looking forward to the Arnold Schwartzenegger documentary about GM. It's called "Total Recall."
      the.fog
      • 9 Months Ago
      Learn to write you anti-GM noob... There's nothing "discrete" about these recalls. In fact they're being spun as 'safety enhancements by Barra herself.
        Roger Smith
        • 9 Months Ago
        @the.fog
        Learn?,she was at the same company for 30 years,was there when the Pontiac Fiero was burning,thanks to a poor design on the way battery goes,GM-10 cars with trouble and cheap build plastic rear sway bar and even 2007 full size Yukon and Tahoe with broken dashboards?,let's see when they are going first to get the parts and the whole mess of overheating Cruze and knocking sounds on Cadillacs engines
        • 9 Months Ago
        @the.fog
        [blocked]
          Karfreek
          • 9 Months Ago
          The man is right: dis·crete 1. individually separate and distinct. "speech sounds are produced as a continuous sound signal rather than discrete units" synonyms: separate, distinct, individual, detached, unattached, disconnected, discontinuous, disjunct, disjoined
      Teleny411
      • 9 Months Ago
      GM execs. You can't trust them to provide a safe & quality vehicle because of their cheapness. But these are the same execs anti-union types think will do the moral thing in regard to wages, conditions and hours.
      RM
      • 9 Months Ago
      Someone hurry and check norm, and walt for a pulse!
      Riley C.
      • 9 Months Ago
      GM is in a tight spot right now... Especially with this and the ignition recall isn't making a fun first quarter for sure.
      Jim Gassy
      • 9 Months Ago
      general motors is junk the only reason gm is so concerned now and have a recall is because they were caught with their pants down because they did try to cover up that their was a problem and it leaked so much to the press that gm had no choice. they are good for doing nothing.... i have a 2007 monte carlo and when it started having tranny problems i took it to a dealer and i got an excuse that they couldn't duplicate the problem at this time i've tried several times to resolve the issue so i notified gm they refused to do anything nowq the manufacturer warranty is up and my trans is dead moral of the story is i would never by a gm made car nor would i recommend one
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