General Motors has issued recalls of 717,950 vehicles in the United States over safety glitches already tied to two crashes and three injuries. The recalls cover 414,333 cars and crossovers with power height-adjustable driver or front passenger seats.
The models include 2011-12 Chevrolet Camaro coupes; 2010-2012 Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain crossovers; 2011-2012 Buick Regal and LaCrosse sedans; and 2010-2012 Cadillac SRX crossovers. GM said it is aware of one crash and three injuries tied to the issue.
These vehicles have a bolt securing the height-adjuster actuator that may come loose or fall out, resulting to a seat that moves up and down freely. GM said that while the vehicles are safe to drive, it is urging customers not to use the power height adjustable feature until dealers can replace the bolt.
Other callbacks include 124,008 2014 Chevrolet Caprice and SS sedans; 2014-15 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra light- and heavy-duty pickups; 2013-14 Cadillac ATS sedans; 2014 Cadillac CTS sedans; 2014 Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrids; and 2013-14 Buick Encore crossovers – for incomplete weld on the seat hook bracket assembly, caused by loss of power to a laser welding machine.
GM said dealers will inspect the welds, and replace the lower seat track if needed. According to GM, less than 1 percent of the welds are bad. GM is also recalling 120,426 2011-2013 Buick Regal and 2013 Chevy Malibu sedans to fix an issue with the front turn signal.
The carmaker is likewise recalling 57,242 2014 Chevrolet Impala sedans fitted with belt-drive electric power steering. According to GM, said some of these vehicles may exhibit "reduced or no power steering assist at start-up or while driving due to a poor electrical ground connection to the power steering control module” – making them the car more difficult to steer.
GM said paint may have seeped behind the ground nut on the power steering control module ground stud. Another recall involves 1,919 2014-2015 Chevrolet Sparks that were assembled with a lower control arm bolt that was fastened improperly, causing it to separate from the steering knuckle and result to a loss of steering control.
The last of the callbacks entail 22 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban SUVs and GMC Yukon and Yukon Denali SUVs for improperly attached roof carriers. The recalls mean GM has already issued 60 safety recalls covering around 29 million vehicles globally so far this year.