GM issues 2 recalls not related to faulty ignition switch, covering 622,000 new trucks, Cruzes

Article by Andrew Christian, on March 31, 2014

General Motors issued two more safety recalls on March 28, 2014, covering 490,000 new full-sized pickups and SUVs and 172,000 Chevrolet Cruze. Both recalls were not related to the faulty ignition-switch recall that GM recently expanded to 2.2 million vehicles in the United States. The two recalls --including the redesigned 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups and the 2015 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL – involves some issues with possible transmission line leak that could result to a fire.

According to GM, the pickups might contain an unsecured transmission oil cooler line, possibly causing the transmission oil to leak from the fitting, drip onto a hot surface and lead to a fire. GM said it knows of three incidents and no injuries. The carmaker expects inform owners through mail on the week of April 28, with instructions to bring their trucks into a dealership to have the fittings inspected for leaks.

The 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups were rolled out last summer while the SUVs were launched in February. GM is also recalling some 2013 and 2014 Cruzes powered by 1.4-liter turbo gasoline engines to replace a right front axle half shaft that could fracture and separate without warning during typical driving. An interconnecting bar on the half shaft on the Cruzes “may not meet GM specification and could fracture and separate,” the carmaker said.

If the fracture occurs while driving, the car could lose power to the wheels and coast to a stop while maintaining steering and braking control, the carmaker said. GM has issued a stop-sale order to dealers the without explanation. Dealerships that inspect the half shaft and made any necessary fixes can resume selling the Cruzes in their inventory, GM spokesman Alan Adler said in an e-mail.

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