GM Recalls An Extra 2.7 Million Vehicles Stateside

The Detroit giant informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration it has decided to call back nearly 2.7 million vehicles concerning safety issues. Out of the five new recall operations, the largest involves Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn sedans which may suffer from brake map wiring faults.
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It seems like General Motors these days isn't as much about building competitive cars as it is for fixing them. According to in-house estimates, approximately $200 million will be spent on recall-related repairs announced only in this quarter.

2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu, 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, 2005-2010 Pontiac G6 and 2007-2010 Saturn Aura sedans make up the biggest of the aforementioned recall operations. After several hundred complaints have been addressed to the company, 13 crashes and two minor injuries, GM finally acknowledged that these vehicles must be fixed as soon as possible.

Moisture may lead to corrosion development on the wiring harness for the body control module, which ultimately translates in tail lights failing to illuminate when the brakes are applied or brake lamps illuminating when the driver's foot isn't engaging the brake pedal. More worryingly, the condition can also disable key functions such as traction and electronic stability control, panic braking assist operation and cruise control.

111,899 Chevrolet Corvettes from the 2005-2007 model years are recalled because of potential loss of low-beam headlamp operation. Vettes from 2008-2013 will be covered by a Customer Satisfaction Program. Due to the heat emanated by the engine, the underhood electrical center housing could expand, causing the relay control circuit wire to bend. Repeated bending may fracture the wiring of the low-beam headlamps, reducing the driver's visibility in low light conditions and ultimately increasing the risk of a crash.

The third call back covers 2014 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles equipped with the 2.5-liter engine and stop/start feature. 140,067 vehicles are subject to a software glitch in the electronic brake control module, which may disable the assistance of the hydraulic brake boost. After four crashes related to the condition, the issue was officially recognized after GM engineers discovered the fault when testing a future model with similar technology.

Cadillac's CTS luxury sedan could suffer from a design fault in the front wiper module. 19,225 cars from the 2013-2014 model years are fitted with the glitchy windshield wiper system which may become inoperable after a jump start with the wipers activated.

The fifth and final recall involves 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra light duty pickup trucks and the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe full-size SUV. A tie rod threaded attachment to the steering rack may not be tightened properly. Thus, the tie rod can separate from the steering rack without prior warning, which could result in the driver losing the car's control for good. General Motors announced that 477 vehicles are affected.

Even though call back operations over the last 5 months currently total about 8.1 million cars, with 2.6 million affected by the widely known ignition switch glitch, we bet you a tenner this isn't the end of the notorious GM recall saga.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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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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