General Motors has announced another set of recalls, covering some 2.42 million cars in the United States. For those keeping track, The General has now recalled over 15 million cars worldwide this year due to various issues.

Here's the breakdown for this most recent set of recalls: For the Lambda crossovers, GM says that "front safety lap belt cables can fatigue and separate over time." In the event of a crash, "a separated cable could increase the risk of injury to front seat passengers," the automaker points out. GM has told its dealers not to sell any new or used examples of these vehicles until the repairs are made.

The Malibu and G6 issue, which also includes the Malibu Maxx, is an extension of a recall for Saturn Aura models with four-speed automatic transmissions. 4AT-equipped models have a condition where the transmission shift cable can fracture. "When the fracture occurs, the driver may not be able to select a different gear, remove the key from the ignition or place the transmission in park," GM states. The company is aware of 18 crashes and one injury related to this issue.

Brand-new Escalade models are being recalled because "an insufficiently heated plastic weld that attaches the passenger side air bag to the instrument panel assembly could result in a partial deployment of the air bag in the event of a crash." A stop-sale has been ordered for these SUVs, and owners have been told to not let anyone sit in the front passenger seat until the issue has been addressed.

Finally, the HD pickup recall affects vehicles equipped with a 220-amp generator. "Retention clips that attach a fuse block to the vehicle body can become loose, allowing the fuse block to move out of position and lead to a potential fire," GM states.

Overall, GM said in a press release that it expects to take a charge of up to $400 million in the second quarter, due to recall-related repairs. This figure includes the previously announced $200 million recall charge.

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GM Recalls 2.42 Million Vehicles in Four U.S. Recalls

DETROIT – In a continuing effort to quickly address emerging safety issues, General Motors announced today it is recalling about 2.42 million vehicles in four separate U.S. recalls. The recalls are for:

– 1,339,355 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia full-size crossovers from the 2009-2014 model years and Saturn Outlooks from 2009-2010 because front safety lap belt cables can fatigue and separate over time. In a crash, a separated cable could increase the risk of injury to front seat passengers.

– 1,075,102 of the previous generation 4-speed automatic transmission Chevrolet Malibu and from the 2004-2008 model years and Pontiac G6 from the 2005-2008 model years because of a shift cable that could wear out over time, resulting in mismatches of the gear position indicated by the shift lever.

– 1,402 Cadillac Escalades and Escalade ESVs from the 2015 model year because an insufficiently heated plastic weld that attaches the passenger side air bag to the instrument panel assembly could result in a partial deployment of the air bag in the event of a crash.

– 58 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD full-size pickups from the 2015 model year because retention clips attaching the generator fuse block to the vehicle body can become loose and lead to a potential fire.
There have been no fatalities associated with these recalls.

GM has added 35 product investigators since the beginning of 2014, and, including those announced today, has initiated 29 safety and non-compliance recalls in the U.S. so far this year. Two of the recalls involve fewer than 100 vehicles.

In the full-size crossover recall, the flexible steel cable that connects the safety belt to the vehicle at the outside of the front outboard seating positions can fatigue and separate over time as a result of occupant movement into the seat. GM has told dealers they cannot sell new or used models of the vehicles until repairs are made.

The previous generation Malibu, Malibu Maxx and Pontiac G6 were added to an April 29 recall for certain 4-speed transmission Aura models from the 2007-2008 model year. The Malibu and G6 vehicles equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission have a condition in which the transmission shift cable may fracture. When the fracture occurs, the driver may not be able to select a different gear, remove the key from the ignition or place the transmission in park.

GM is aware of 18 crashes and one injury among the 4-speed Malibu and G6 population. Dealers will replace the shift cable and attachment bracket at no charge to the customer.

GM stopped sale of the 2015 Escalade and Escalade ESV and sent overnight letters, called and emailed the 224 customers who had taken delivery of the vehicles and instructed them to not let occupants sit in the front passenger seat until the vehicle has been serviced. GM knows of no crashes or injuries associated with the Escalades.

The passenger airbag module is attached to a chute adhered to the backside of the instrument panel with an infrared weld that was not sufficiently heated. The issue has been corrected at the supplier and Escalade production is under way at the Arlington, Texas, Assembly Plant.

In the heavy-duty truck recall, certain 2015 model year Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD model vehicles equipped with a 220 Amp Generator have a condition where the retention clips that attach a fuse block to the vehicle body can become loose, allowing the fuse block to move out of position and lead to a potential fire. No crashes or injuries are known to be associated with the trucks.

GM expects to take a charge of up to approximately $400 million in the second quarter, primarily for the cost of recall-related repairs announced in the quarter. This amount includes a previously disclosed $200 million charge for the five recalls announced May 16.


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      R.t Voll
      • 7 Months Ago
      Are they just recalling every vehicle now? I'm guessing they just want to fix them and get it over with while their public image is already low.
      churchmotor
      • 7 Months Ago
      Obama doesn't have the support to bail GM out this time.
        m_2012
        • 7 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        We dont have the money either. China will have to do it.
          Tariff The Imports
          • 7 Months Ago
          @m_2012
          USA didn't have the money to bail GM ( and Chrysler ) the first time. Put bluntly , TARP came from China.
      mbukukanyau
      • 7 Months Ago
      GM is in a much better financial position than it was in 2008, its also well intergrated Globally, selling more vehicles outside the US than in the US. They are doing the right thing. 1. Supporting the Federal criminal investigations of the people that made decisions that caused death. 2. reviewing their recall procedures 3. recalling anything that has any semblance of safety or technical issues pending through the system. You might recall (pun) that Toyota is just finishing up a similar problem in the US with close to 7 million vehicles recalled. you may hate GM all you want, but do not abandon your reason at the door. At the end of the day, this is a company that employs millions in the US directly or indirectly, and its good if they survive, (without the criminal elements and the culture that supports it) At the end of the day, irrational hate and calling GM 'garbage' will not change the perceptions of the millions of customers that own and operate GM vehicles.
        churchmotor
        • 7 Months Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        Things must be really bad at GM if buku is begging for us to "consider" buying a GM.
          mbukukanyau
          • 7 Months Ago
          @churchmotor
          Things are good, since the recalls, GM values are actually going up. The Reality is, people know when a company is working to fix itself, they are not swayed by opinion polls when its time to spend their money. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-05-19/cadillac-finally-makes-german-luxury-prices-stick
          Tariff The Imports
          • 7 Months Ago
          @churchmotor
          GM value is down you shill. Lost 4% today. Past 5 business days it's devalued about. 10%
      Arizonarelax
      • 7 Months Ago
      Overall the disappointment isn't the recalls - though the vast number is, well, disheartening, its the cover up, lies and most importantly loss of human life. After the loss of human life sinks in a moment with you... we all know now, those that died could still be with us if expected and appropriate action had been taken - many years ago. With so many recalls is this a matter of CYA? Or will this attempt to build good-will, doing the right-thing, backfire on GM? If this criminal corruption had NOT been exposed, would any of the recalls be occurring? As hard as it is to admit, the answer would be "no". When it comes time to buying a car, consumers who do research before buying, will evaluate GM products and determine if they can the trust not only the GM product but the customer service-support business model i.e. the company. GM will be a case study for any reputable and ethical business school for some time to come.
      CadiVetteFerrari
      • 7 Months Ago
      At least they're not hiding anything. I hope they learned a lesson. If they are upfront and honest AND are aggressively working to minimize problems which lead to recalls, their image will improve.
        razorpit
        • 7 Months Ago
        @CadiVetteFerrari
        You're joking right?
          mbukukanyau
          • 7 Months Ago
          @razorpit
          Toyota has been going through this process too, if I recall correctly. Reviewing everything and recalling what is simmering.
          Tariff The Imports
          • 7 Months Ago
          @razorpit
          But GM isn't Toyota. Toyota never went bankrupt - and lie during that bankruptcy. And Toyota never recieved a bailout from 2 different countries just to keep the lights on. Hard from me to say, put GM is much worse than Toyota.
        m_2012
        • 7 Months Ago
        @CadiVetteFerrari
        They hid the ignition problem for 10 years. A lot of these recalls are under what we were to believe was the "New GM". Well, new GM is out recalling old GM by a good pace. If they were upfront and honest, they would not have gone bankrupt and killed people.
      Revis Goodworth
      • 7 Months Ago
      Toyoduh and Honduh thank Government Motors for now assuming the most products recalled over the past four years or so. These blooming idiots owned the title despite the spin on this blog - the sheer number of units recalled is what matters.
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Revis Goodworth
        Sorry, Laser - but Toyota has recalled MILLIONS more vehicles over the last five years than GM has - but thanks for playing!!
      Teleny411
      • 7 Months Ago
      Just recall every GM vehicle since 1980.
      drew
      • 7 Months Ago
      Seems pretty clear at this point that GM is working through their backlog of unactioned problems. Which I suppose is good.
      dave and mary
      • 7 Months Ago
      I better get my '57 Chevy out of storage and get it over to a GM dealer to beat the rush. Side note: just to show how dumb people are ... I actually drove by a GM dealer this AM. They had customers.
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 7 Months Ago
        @dave and mary
        Well, thanks for the update 'dave and mary'. Are you co-joined twins, or just a little bit boyish and a little bit girlish?
          Alfonso T. Alvarez
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
          @ LL - Making continuous moronic and ludicrous comments many times a day these days?? Too funny!! You are dismissed, as your cluelessness is only exceeded by your lack of intelligent discourse on ANY subject - but thanks for playing - nah, not really - it would be best for you to go back to grade school and finish your elementary education!
      Scamuel Jones
      • 7 Months Ago
      Mary Barra said GM was not going to make "crap cars" anymore, but SHE LIED!
        spa2nky1
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Scamuel Jones
        Which of these cars were designed and built under Barra's watch?
      BillyM67
      • 7 Months Ago
      Wouldn't it be quicker if GM just recalled everything they've made since 2001?
      BB79826
      • 7 Months Ago
      Three major recalls for my mom's G6 so far this spring. Keep em comin', boys!
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