UPDATE: This story has been amended from its originally published version to include new information including a Cruze recall press release and a quote from General Motors.

General Motors can't seem to get its name out of the "bad news" column. Two more recalls were announced late Friday evening that will see The General calling in 490,200 fullsize pickup trucks and SUVs, along with 172,000 Chevrolet Cruze models.

For those keeping track, General Motors has issued recalls for an alarming 4.8 million vehicles so far since last month.

The Chevy Silverado 1500, Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Sierra 1500 and Yukon models from the 2014 and 2015 model years are being recalled for a flaw in their transmissions wherein loose oil cooler lines may cause a fire. The automaker said in a statement (see below) that it knows of three incidents of loose transmission lines causing problems, but no injuries. We can't confirm whether it was this transmission issue that caused the widely publicized blaze that consumed a 2015 GMC Yukon that was being test driven in California.

We had heard previously from GM that it had issued a stop-sale on Chevy Cruze models equipped with the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, and now there's an apparent recall to match that stop-sale against. A total of 172,000 cars from the 2013 and 2014 model years will be recalled to replace half shafts that could fracture while driving. Several dozen shafts have separated, according to GM, but there have been no crashes or injuries associated with those failures. The stop-sale has since been lifted, meaning compact car shoppers can add the Cruze back to their potential test-drive lists, should they so desire. Of those Cruze models covered under this new safety campaign, some 2,500 examples are actually re-recalled models, that is, vehicles that were previously recalled and repaired with suspect halfshafts.

The new recalls are being seen by some as GM working to clear its slate of recall-related items ahead of next week's government hearings on the automaker's massive ignition-switch issue. GM spokesman Alan Adler tells Autoblog, "As Mary Barra said, customers are our compass and we have redoubled our efforts to ensure their confidence and peace of mind."

You can find the official recall statements from GM below for more information.
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For Immediate Release: Friday, March 28, 2014

GM Recalls Full-size Trucks to Inspect Transmission Fitting

DETROIT – General Motors will conduct a safety recall of 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups, and 2015 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The recall will involve approximately 490,200 trucks and SUVs.

GM has determined that these vehicles may have a transmission oil cooler line that is not securely seated in its fitting. If the line is not securely seated and transmission oil leaks from the fitting, the oil could contact a hot surface and result in a vehicle fire. GM is aware of three incidents and no injuries.

GM dealers will inspect the fittings for leaks. GM anticipates mailing the first owner letter the week of April 28, 2014.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 28, 2014

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GM Recalls Some 2013-14 Chevrolet Cruzes for Axle Issue

DETROIT – General Motors is recalling certain 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruzes with 1.4L turbo gasoline engines to replace a right front axle half shaft that can fracture and separate without warning during normal driving.

The interconnecting tubular bar on the front right axle half shaft on some of these vehicles may not meet GM specification and could fracture and separate. If this occurs while driving the vehicle, steering and braking control would be maintained. However, the vehicle would lose power to the wheels and would coast to a stop.

If a vehicle with a fractured half shaft is parked on an incline without the parking brake applied, the vehicle could move unexpectedly, resulting in a possible crash or injury to pedestrians.

GM is aware of several dozen half shaft fractures through warranty data covering about 172,000 cars and about 2,500 service parts in the U.S. that were used to fix Cruzes with manual transmissions that were recalled in September 2013. GM is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to this condition. Repairs will be made free of charge.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com


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      d.hollywood
      • 8 Months Ago
      How must Ms. Barra be feeling about taking the top job at GM...considering the avalanche she appears to walked into?
        ChrisH
        • 8 Months Ago
        @d.hollywood
        I fail to believe for a moment she didn't know what was going on. You don't get as far as she did without know which doors held skeletons. If you didn't know your not the right person for that job
          ngiotta
          • 8 Months Ago
          @ChrisH
          You'd be surprised. I've worked for a lot of corporations that handed problems off to unsuspecting successors.
      Walter Cheung
      • 8 Months Ago
      I think GM is the victim. Hmmmmm... is GM really supposed to assume that people will have pounds of crap on their keyrings when they design an ignition switch? It makes me think that the biggest problem GM has these days is the intelligence of the average consumer. For example - When a car is turned off you STILL have brakes and steering; for safety that is how they have been designed for decades. The only thing that is lost is power assist. Don't kids these days learn that before they are given the keys? There is always the option to turn it back on too. This lack of education is no excuse for deaths in what could easily have been a survivable incident. I've never had any issues with my ignition (2012 chevy cobalt)... in fact, it's the smoothest car I've ever been in. I love it. It's cheap to fill up (using gasbuddy), cheap to maintain/repair, only 25/month to insure (thanks 4AutoInsuranceQuote)‚Äč, and looks beautiful. I'll take it in for the re-call, but I don't think this is a big issue. Again - is GM really supposed to assume that people will have pounds of #$%$ on their keyrings when they design an ignition switch?
        JaredN
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Walter Cheung
        The replacement switch in your Cobalt is the redesigned part, not the original. That is why you haven't had any trouble with it.
        lrx301
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Walter Cheung
        Unfortunately the GM car owners have lower than average intelligence. Obviously it shows in this post.
          DarkKnight67
          • 8 Months Ago
          @lrx301
          The fact that people buy Toyotas in the first place shows their lower than average intelligence.
          • 8 Months Ago
          @lrx301
          [blocked]
      fulredy
      • 8 Months Ago
      UAW sucks.
        JaredN
        • 8 Months Ago
        @fulredy
        As much as I dislike the UAW in particular and unions in general, the ignition switch scandal was created by management and engineering, not by line workers. You can't lay that at the feet of the UAW. It wasn't the UAW that designed the part badly. It wasn't the UAW that hid the defect by redesigning the part and releasing without going through the normal approval process and by keeping the same part number.
          recharged95
          • 8 Months Ago
          @JaredN
          But it could have been the UAW causing employee benefit costs to skyrocket, thus pushing engineering and management to choose the cheaper part or forgo the testing due to going overbudget from the unexpected (yearly) renegotiations by the UAW. It's all a catch 22. Everyone is to blame, BUT top management is to blame the most -- they likely (before Barra) knew of the risks, and bet big on it. Their bet was obviously bad in hindsight.
          JaredN
          • 8 Months Ago
          @JaredN
          Face facts. They knew they had a problem. A problem that was resulting in the death of their customers and would result in more deaths. Instead of performing a recall or even issuing a TSB, they made a running change without changing the part numbers. That violated their own standard operating procedures. They did that to hide the problem. As for top management, we don't know whether or not top management was aware of the problem. It may have been middle management that hid the problem from top management. We just don't know. Nevertheless, GM is responsible. The UAW is not responsible, regardless of your ridiculous rationalization. And it is a crying shame, because GM is building the best cars they've ever built. They really don't need this hit to their reputation at this time.
      RD Summach
      • 8 Months Ago
      I had a 1992 Pontiac TransSport van. I had it for 16 years. I recall having one recall about a transmission line. My next van was a 2008 Honda Odyssey purchased new in October 2008. It has had at least 6 recalls. The last three are still not dealt with because Honda does not have the parts yet. The vehicle is among a group of Honda vehicles that has had two class action lawsuits. One is for the transmission and another is for oil consumption. I "change" the transmission oil with every engine oil change. So far, the engine oil consumption is not a problem. Honda has handled every recall very well. I do wonder if it will ever last 16 years like the Pontiac van. It seems that every manufacturer has periodic problems. The way that they are handled makes a big difference to the consumer. I do have a Duramax 3/4 ton truck that was recalled twice. It had the windshield fluid heater recall and an Allison transmission software update. GM took care of the recalls nicely. I wonder about the ignition switch that has caused some deaths. Perhaps a starter / stop button will become more common place now. Manufacturers will have some motivation to make sure that ignition switches are going to be trouble free for sure.
      VDuB
      • 8 Months Ago
      Vehicles made on Mondays have noticeably lower quality than the other days of the week. For GM, they are days that end with Y
      gregmlr
      • 8 Months Ago
      "New" GM indeed.
      usa1
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm losing track of all the GM recalls. Honda announced their 886K recall and Nissan did their 1 million car recall at a great time.
      Cruising
      • 8 Months Ago
      Honestly right now is the best time to get it over with, quick swift action. Clean house.
      Kimura
      • 8 Months Ago
      TOTAL RECALL.
      Bernard
      • 8 Months Ago
      Recalls are a good thing, covering up issues that need a recall is what people should worry about. You don't want them pretending that nothing is wrong when it really is.
      Eggmania
      • 8 Months Ago
      what exactly happened here? did some out of house parts manufacturer sell faulty ignition switches and GM didnt pick up on it? does GM make their own? is it more parts than just that?
      carguy1701
      • 8 Months Ago
      I want to say that the Cruze thing is a supplier issue, but damn, 172,000 cars?
        • 8 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
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        jtav2002
        • 8 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        GM should have paid more attention and made sure the part was to their specs. I only say this because whenever people reference Toyota's frame rust issues on trucks, no one cares the frame was sourced from Dana. They always want to say Toyota should have made sure Dana was producing it to the proper specs. So if that's what everyone goes with, it has to be applied across the board and supplier issues can never be used as an excuse by any brand.
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