Yesterday, GM added to their record breaking 2014 by issuing their 79th recall of the year for 316,357 older model SUVs and sedans. That brings their 2014 grand total recall number to a whopping 30.4 million vehicles!!! The recall from yesterday was delivered because of issues with the headlights in eight different model vehicles.
In an official press release, GM says, “If the headlamp driver modules is not operating correctly, the low-beam headlamps and daytime running lamps could intermittently or permanently fail to illuminate. This condition does not affect the high-beam headlamps, marker lamps, turn signals, or fog lamps.” GM also said that they are unaware of any accidents that are linked to this malfunction.
The vehicles impacted by this recall include:
- 2006-2009 Buick LaCrosse
- 2006-2007 Chevy TrailBlazer
- 2006-2007 TrailBlazer EXT
- 2006-2007 GMC Envoy
- 2006 GMC Envoy XL
- 2006-2007 Buick Rainer
- 2006-2008 Saab 9-7X
- 2006-2008 Isuzu Ascender
This recall, of course, is taking place under the looming shadow of the hundreds of wrongful death cases being brought against GM for their cover-up of the deadly ignition switch malfunction. Yesterday, the total of approved wrongful death cases rose to 36, as dozens more wait for answers. In total, GM is facing 2,215 different claims related to the defective ignition switch, with many being related to serious but non-fatal injuries.
Of these cases, Ken Feinberg– administrator of the GM Ignition Compensation Fund– estimates that the company would deliver about $400 to $600 million in damages to the victims involved. Now, that’s one hell of a bad year for a company that used to be the American standard.