General Motors has now recalled another 717,950 newer-model U.S. vehicles for a variety of defects. When this was being written, the number of GM recalls this year was 60, totaling more than 29 million vehicles. GM says it knows of three crashes and two injuries, but no deaths, linked to the new recalls. The cars recalled are:
• 414,333 2011-2012 model year Chevrolet Camaro; 2010-2012 model year Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain; 2011-2012 Buick Regal and LaCrosse; and 2010-2012 Cadillac SRX models in the U.S. equipped with power height adjustable driver or front passenger seat structures. The bolt that secures the height adjuster actuator can fall out, allowing the seat to move up and down without restraint. GM is aware of one crash and three injuries but no fatalities related to this condition.
• 124,008 model year 2014 Chevrolet Caprice, 2014 Chevrolet SS, 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado standard duty and heavy duty, 2013-2014 Cadillac ATS, 2014 Cadillac CTS, 2014 Cadillac ELR; 2013-2014 Buick Encore; and 2014-2015 GMC Sierra standard and heavy duty, because some might have a defective seat weld that won’t hold the seat in place properly. Dealers will inspect the weld. If it is insufficient, dealers will replace the lower seat track at no charge. Fewer than 1 percent of welds are expected to require seat track replacement. GM is unaware of any crashes or injuries as a result of this issue.
• 120,426 2011-2013 model year Buick Regal and 2013 model year Chevrolet Malibus equipped with front turn signals that use two bulbs in each front turn signal. If one of the two bulbs burns out in either signal, the turn-signal indicator on the instrument panel still will flash normally, giving the driver no warning of the problem. Dealers will reprogram the body control module to fix the condition. GM knows of no crashes, injuries or complaints related to this issue.
• 57,242 2014 Chevrolet Impalas equipped with belt-drive electric power steering. Paint could have seeped onto a connection, creating a poor electrical ground connection. Power assist to the steering can fail. The cars still can be steered, but require much more effort. Dealers will inspect and clean paint from behind the ground nut, re-torque the nut and update the power steering control module software at no charge. GM is aware of one crash but no injuries or fatalities related to this condition.
• 1,919 2014-2015 Chevrolet Sparks imported from Korea assembled with a lower control arm bolt not fastened to specification. The defect can result in loss of steering while driving. Dealers will inspect the left and right hand lower control arm attaching bolts to assure they are tightened to specification. GM knows of no crashes, injuries or fatalities related to this condition.
• 22 2015 model year Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon/Yukon Denali vehicles in the U.S. The roof rails might have been installed with the wrong hardware, tearing or punching holes in the roof-rail safety air bags. Eight of these vehicles are in dealer stock and will be repaired before being sold.
Still Another GM Recall
General Motors has also recalled almost 29,000 Saab 9-3 convertibles from the 2004-11 model years to repair the driver’s side seat belt. The automaker, in a report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), said the automatic tensioning retractor that keeps the belt taut could break. At the time the vehicles were assembled, Saab was a subsidiary of General Motors, which is no longer the case.
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