General Motors Co. has announced four more safety recalls covering approximately 507,000 Corvettes, Suburbans, Tahoes and other vehicles with potentially defective air bag inflators and windshield wipers, adding to the car manufacturer’s mounting recall woes. The biggest recall involves pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles — 392,459 in the U.S., 53,607 in Canada and 20,874 in other countries — in which the transfer case might electronically switch to neutral without the driver telling it to do so, GM said.
“If the vehicle is stopped or parked, it may roll away if the parking brake is not set,” the company said in a statement. “GM is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue.” Dealers will recalibrate transfer case control module software in the affected vehicles, which include four-wheel-drive versions of the 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, and the 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, according to GM.
In the second-biggest recall announced, GM is recalling 29,019 2013-2014 model year Chevrolet Cruze sedans in the U.S. and 4,066 in Canada over an air-bag inflation defect that has led to at least one injury, the company said. The company had issued a stop-sell order to its U.S. and Canadian dealers over the vehicles, which feature Takata Corp. air bags that contain potential defects.
The inflator in the driver’s front air bag may rupture, potentially sending metal pieces of the inflator into the vehicle cabin and seriously injuring the driver or passengers, and the air bag may not inflate during air bag deployment. GM said it will replace the air bags inflators in those vehicles. Also, GM dealers will inspect and potentially replace the windshield wiper module assembly in 4,794 2013-2014 model year Chevrolet Caprice police cars and 2014 Chevrolet SS sport sedans in the U.S. GM said “If the motor gear teeth become stripped, the wipers may not operate.”
In the fourth recall announced, the affected vehicles — 1,939 2014 model year Chevrolet Corvettes in the U.S., 33 vehicles sold in Canada and 82 exported elsewhere — possibly have insufficient weld in the rear shocks that could lead to a fracture and reduce the shocks’ service life. The company, which said it wasn’t aware of any crashes or injuries related to that potential malfunction, will replace the FE1 or FE3 suspension in those vehicles.
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