GM is recalling 218,000 older-generation Chevrolet Aveo cars over fire risk

Article by Andrew Christian, on May 22, 2014

General Motors has issued a recall of 218,000 Chevrolet Aveo cars (model years 2004-2008) in the United States due to a possible fire risk, according to documents filed with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Aveo recall came a day after GM issued callbacks covering 2.6 million vehicles around the world, although most of them were in the US. GM is recalling the Aveos in question as their daytime running lights could overheat and result to a fire, according to NHTSA documents.

GM issued four separate recalls of 2.42 million vehicles in the US. The Aveo recall brings the number of recall since start of 2014 to 30 and the number of called back vehicles in the US to 13.8 million. Some vehicles were recalled more than once over multiple potential safety defects.

The most celebrated of those recalls involved faulty ignition switches tied to at least 13 deaths. GM has been slammed by safety regulators and has been probed by legislators over its delayed response to recalling affected vehicles.

The carmaker posted a $1.3-billion charge in the first quarter of 2014 for recall-repair costs, and will take another $400 million charge in the second quarter for the same reason.

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