GM Issues New Recalls, Year-to-Date Tally Over 30 Million Vehicles

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Approximately 2 months remain until champagne bottles will be popping all over the world, yet GM hasn't got the best reason to celebrate. As it was expected, the 2014 General Motors recall tally is now standing at 30,004,036, with a nudge over 26 million of those vehicles located in the United States.
Three different safety campaigns hiked the previous year-to-date tally over the 30 millionth mark. Starting with the most minor operation, 304 units of the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic are recalled over a loose connection in the steering wheel column.

In the event of a severe crash, General Motors says that the driver's frontal airbag deployment might be limited to the first-stage deployment only instead of the intended first and second-stage deployments.

Without the second-stange deployment, this condition translates to an increased risk of injury during a crash situation. Therefore, service technicians will test the terminals in the IP harness clock spring coil connector and replace any loose terminals, free of charge.

The second recall recently announced by General Motors consists of 10,005 units of the 2004 - 2007 Cadillac CTS and 2006 - 2007 Cadillac STS. These vehicles suffer from a fuel pump module that may overheat, which may melt the pump's flange material.

This equates to a hole that may allow the fuel pump to leak fuel, causing the Cadillac CTS / STS to stall, also increasing the risk of a fire. Service departments were instructed to replace these faulty fuel modules and fuel tank jumper harnesses, but GM hasn't yet provided owners a notification schedule.

As for the third and most populous recall operation, 46,873 examples of the 2011 - 2013 Chevy Caprice and 2008 - 2009 Pontiac G8 are called because of a notorious fault, coming in the form of a sub-standard ignition key that may be knocked out of the "run" position if it's hit by the driver's knee.

If the key is not in the "run" position while the car is in operation, the airbags may not deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. A key knocked out of the run position could cause loss of engine power, power steering, and power braking, increasing the risk of a potential car accident.

GM informed it will notify owners, but has yet to provide a notification schedule. Dealers were instructed to remove the key blade from the original flip key (including the RKE transmitter assembly) and cut and fit a revised key blade and housing assembly, in which the blade has been indexed by 90 degrees.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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