GM Recall Alert: Chevrolet Impala, Aveo, Pontiac G3 Affected

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This latest round of recall campaigns involves approximately 16,980 General Motors vehicles. Nameplates affected include the 2014 - 2015 Chevrolet Impala, 2009 - 2010 Chevy Aveo and the 2009 Pontiac G3. The carmaker hasn't identified any accidents or injuries that are related to the defects.
According to documents published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, just under 15,000 Chevrolet Impala sedans from the 2014 and 2015 model years equipped with a console storage compartment are prone to a condition where the latch for the storage compartment door doesn't meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) Number 201.

After an internal investigation at the GM Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant, it was discovered that the inertia latch on the front console storage compartment was not functioning properly. If the mechanism doesn't engage a locking position in the event of a rear collision, the console storage compartment's door would open, increasing the possibility of injuring occupants of the vehicle.

General Motors says in an official statement that components to remedy this defect aren't available at the moment, but affected owners will be sent interim notifications about the fault in October. A second letter will be sent when replacement parts become available. In the meantime, Chevy Impala owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020. GM has assigned number 14476 for this recall.

The second GM-related recall campaign covers 1,968 units of the 2009 - 2010 Chevrolet Aveo and 2009 Pontiac G3. These vehicles are fitted with ABS brakes type JM4/JL9, brakes believed to contain brake fluid that doesn't inhibit corrosion in the zinc plating on the anti-lock braking system's module valve armature. If corrosion gel builds up on the valve's sides, that condition could lead to difficult closing motion of the module valve, which results in longer brake travel or reduced braking performance. In some rare cases, GM notes that the condition may lead to locking the rear wheels.

GM will notify owners and dealers will replace the ABS module free of charge in any of the affected cars that did not have its module replaced under a previous customer satisfaction campaign. The recall is expected to begin in mid-September 2014. 'Til then, owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevy) and 1-800-762-2737 (Pontiac). GM's number for this recall is 14505.
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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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