On Tuesday, GM announced that they would be recalling 2.4 million cars, trucks, and SUVs that are sold in the United States. This, of course, is just one week after they announced a separate recall of 2.7 million vehicles.
So far, according to reports, the 2014 recalls will cost the government bailed out company approximately 1.7 billion dollars. The vehicles that are being recalled in this latest round include:
- 1,339,355 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia medium 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.
- 1,074,932 of the previous generation 4-speed automatic transmission Chevrolet Malibu 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 deaths associated with these vehicles and much of this is precautionary. According to GM, this is all part of a cleansing process from the previous administration. They want to start over and build a new reputation, and it looks like they are not worrying about money this time around. There 13.6 million 2014 recalls are about 5 times their total 2014 sales numbers of 2.8 million vehicles.
No matter what they say, though, things are not looking good for GM.