29th Time’s the Charm: GM Recalls 2.42 Million More (!) Vehicles

2015 Cadillac Escalade

General Motors has recalled a batch of vehicles for the 29th time this year. On the heels of flagging 2.7 million vehicles in five recalls last week, the PR-challenged automaker today recalled an additional 2.42 million vehicles in four actions. In total, GM has recalled more than 13 million cars worldwide since January and is on track to recall as many light vehicles as were built by every automaker in North America in all of 2013—16 million.

About 1.34 million three-row crossovers—the 2009–2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and 2009–2010 Saturn Outlook—have steel cables that attach the lap belt to the car that can separate and cause the seatbelts to not work properly. GM has issued a stop-sale notice for all new and used models. About 1.18 million of these same models were recalled in March for faulty side airbags and a smaller amount in April for inaccurate fuel gauges.

Another 1.08 million 2004–2008 Chevrolet Malibu sedans and 2005–2008 Pontiac G6 sedans, coupes, and convertibles have been added to the automaker’s ongoing transmission shifter cable recall that includes the Malibu Maxx and Saturn Aura. The cable can break and leave the driver unable to shift to park or any gear, plus it may lock the key in the ignition. GM said it was aware of 18 crashes and one injury.

2008 Pontiac G6 GT

GM has issued a stop-sale on the 2015 Cadillac Escalade due to an “insufficiently heated plastic weld” that attaches the front passenger airbag to the dash. The airbag may only partially inflate in a crash. A total of 1402 vehicles are affected, and GM has told customers via phone calls and overnight mail who have taken delivery not to have anyone sit in the front passenger seat. No injuries or crashes have been reported.

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Another 58 pickup trucks are being recalled for 220-amp generators that can spark a fire. The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD have optional generators with retention clips attaching a fuse box that can loosen and cause an electrical fire. No injuries or crashes have been reported.

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