General Motors (GM) announced another huge recall on May 16 of about 2.7 million vehicles for safety issues, including lighting problems, brake malfunctions, windshield wiper failures and tie-rod defects. This is in addition to the recall of about 2.6 million vehicles for ignition switch problems that have caused more than 300 deaths. During May, General Motors has also announced four other recalls that cover about 180,000 vehicles.
The most recent recall by GM covers about 2.4 million GM mid-size passenger cars for tail lamp malfunctions, 112,000 Chevrolet Corvettes for loss of low-beam headlamps, 140,000 Chevrolet Malibus for hydraulic brake booster malfunctions, 19,000 Cadillac CTSs for windshield wiper failures and 477 full-size trucks for a tie-rod defect that can lead to a crash. The largest recall involves 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu, 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, 2005-2010 Pontiac G6 and 2007-2010 Saturn Aura model cars in the U.S. to modify the brake lamp wiring harness.
GM said in a statement that affected vehicles could have corrosion develop in the wiring harness for the body control module due to microvibration. It says the condition could result in brake lamps failing to illuminate when the brakes are applied or brake lamps illuminating when the brakes are not engaged. Additionally, cruise control, traction control, electronic stability control and panic braking assist operation could be disabled. The company said it is aware of several hundred complaints, 13 crashes and two injuries. But it says there have been no fatalities as a result of the condition.
The second safety recall covers 111,889 Chevrolet Corvettes from the 2005-2007 model years for potential loss of low-beam headlamp operation. Models from 2008-2013 will be covered under a customer satisfaction program. In this case, when the car’s engine is warm, the underhood electrical center housing could expand, causing the headlamp low-beam relay control circuit wire to bend slightly, possibly leading to a fracture and separation, after which the low beams won’t illuminate. GM said it is aware of several hundred complaints as result of the condition but no crashes, injuries or fatalities.
The third recall covers 140,067 Chevrolet Malibus from the 2014 model year with 2.5 liter engines and stop/start technology. These vehicles are subject to the disabling of hydraulic brake boost that can require greater pedal efforts and extended stopping distances. GM said it is aware of four crashes but it is not clear that these are related to the condition, and no injuries are known from those crashes.
The fourth recall covers 19,225 Cadillac CTSes from the 2013-2014 model year for a condition in which the windshield wiper system may become inoperable after a vehicle jump-start with wipers active and restricted, such as by ice and snow. The fifth recall involves certain 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra light-duty pickups and 2015 model year Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs. The tie-rod threaded attachment to the steering gear rack in these vehicles may not be tightened to specification. With this condition, the tie-rod can separate from the steering rack and a crash could occur without prior warning.
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