General Motors’ Recall Numbers Reach Astounding Heights

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The recall list for General Motors has hit a record high this year, and it’s only expected to climb.

General Motors is recalling another 2.4 million cars, after announcing just last week that it was recalling 2.7 million vehicles. In total, GM has recalled a record 13.8 million vehicles in the U.S. since January.

The latest recall led USA Today to wonder, “Are there any GM cars that haven’t been recalled?” USA Today said:

It’s unsettling, leaving an impression GM produces unsafe vehicles and, in some cases, makes dumb mistakes. It recalled 8,208 of its 2014 cars on May 7, for example, because they might have rear brakes on the front wheels.

And the recall nightmare isn’t over. GM says it expects at least two more recalls in the very near future.

“General Motors has already recalled more cars and trucks in the U.S. this year than it has sold here in the five years since it filed for bankruptcy,” CNN Money said. The embattled automaker anticipates that repairing the recalled vehicles will cost about $1.7 billion, which will essentially wipe out any profit GM would have reported in its first quarter, according to CNN Money.

The latest recall includes the following vehicles:

  • 2009-10 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia full-size crossovers and Saturn Outlooks. The vehicles’ front safety lap belt cables “can fatigue and separate over time,” according to GM. A separated cable can increase the risk of injury to front-seat passengers.
  • 2004-08 Chevrolet Malibu and 2005-08 Pontiac G6. These cars could have shift cable issues, GM said.
  • 2015 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESVs. GM said these vehicles are being recalled because a faulty weld on the passenger side air bag could result in just a partial deployment of the air bag in a crash.
  • 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD full-size pickups. These trucks are being recalled because the clips that attach the generator fuse block to the vehicles’ body can come loose and cause a fire.

In April, we told you that GM recalled 2.6 million vehicles because of a faulty ignition switch. The defective switch caused 32 car crashes and 13 deaths. GM was recently fined $35 million for dragging its feet on the recall of the cars with the bad ignition switches.

Have you been impacted by one of GM’s recalls this year? Share your comments below or on our Facebook page.

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