General Motors has issued four separate safety recalls in the United States covering 2.42 million cars, trucks and SUVs. The latest recalls bring the total number of called-back vehicles to over 13.6 million vehicles this year. According to GM, it is expecting to take a $400-million charge in the second quarter of 2014 to mostly cover the cost of recalls disclosed during the period.
The amount includes a $200-million charge from five recalls that the carmaker disclosed last week. The most recent recalls cover 1.3 million Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia large crossovers (model years 2009 to 2014), and Saturn Outlooks (MY2009-2010) due to front seat-belt cables that could wear out over time and separate, thus possibly resulting to a crash.
GM has sent a stop-sale notice to dealers, saying that an inspection and repair process for the affected units "is currently being developed.” The carmaker added that parts required to fix the issue are not currently available.
The second of the latest recalls cover 1.1 million Chevy Malibus (MY2004-2008) and Pontiac G6 sedans (MY2005-2008) due to a shift cable in the four-speed automatic gearbox that can wear out and result to mismatches of the gear position indicated by the shift lever.
This recall expands an earlier recall for Saturn Aura sedans (2007-2008) that are underpinned by the same platform that underpins the Malibu and G6. According to the carmaker, the transmission shift cable might fracture, thereby preventing the driver to choose a different gear, place the car in park or remove the key from the ignition switch.
GM said it has knowledge of 18 crashes and one injury in crashes tied to the Malibus and G6s. Another recall pertains to 1,402 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV (MY2015) due to a passenger side airbag issue that could result to a partial deployment during a crash.
GM has already told its dealers not to deliver MY2015 Escalades and has notified 224 customers, telling them to leave the passenger seat vacant until their vehicles have been serviced. The fourth recall covers 58 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD full-sized pickups (MY2015) due retention clips that attaches the generator fuse block to the body can become loose and possibly result to a fire.