GM Recall Saga Continues: 2.42 Million Vehicles Affected

After 8.1 million cars recalled in 2014 alone and a $35 million fine for delayed reporting of call back operations, Government Motors announced today it's recalling an extra 2.42 million vehicles. Achievement unlocked GM, you've surpassed the 10 million mark.
Vehicles included in the May 20th, 2014 General Motors recall operation 1 photo
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An estimated 1,339,355 vehicles coming in the form of the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia full-size crossovers from the 2009 - 2014 model years, with the addition of the 2009 - 2010MY Saturn Outlook, suffer from a faulty steel cable that connects the safety belt to the vehicle. This cable can fatigue and separate from the ensemble over time, a condition which increases the risk of injury to front seat passengers if a crash occurs. GM has told dealers they cannot sell new or used models of the vehicles until repairs are made.

The previous generation 2004 - 2008MY Chevrolet Malibu, Malibu Maxx and the 2005 - 2008MY Pontiac G6 sedan are also subjected to a call back operation. 1,075,102 vehicles equipped with the four-speed automatic transmission are equipped with a defective shift cable that may fracture. When that happens, the driver may not be able to select a different gear, remove the key from the ignition or place the transmission in park. The Detroit manufacturer is aware of 18 crashes and one injury as a result of this glitch.

Sales of the luxurious four-wheel yachts known as the 2015 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV have been stopped nationwide on account of 1,402 malfunctioning units. As it happens, an insufficiently heated plastic weld that attaches the passenger side airbag to the instrument panel could result in a partial deployment of the safety feature in the event of a crash.

2015 model year Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD full-size pickup trucks are also affected. Specifically, 58 units have a condition where the retention clips that attach a fuse block to the vehicle body can become loose, allowing the fuse block to move out of position and lead to a potential fire. No crashes or injuries are known to be associated with the trucks as of yet.

Last but not least, GM expects to take a charge of up to approximately $400 million in the second quarter of 2014 for the cost of recall repairs announced in the quarter. This load of money includes a previously disclosed $200 million charge for the five recalls announced May 15.
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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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