While still struggling to find footing in the wake of its recent recall of Chevy, Pontiac and Saturn vehicles for ignition switch problems linked to at least 12 deaths, General Motors (GM) has announced the recall of an additional 1.5 million vehicles. The newest recall includes three different models for a variety of problems.

The majority of vehicles included in the new recall are the 2008-13 Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, the 2009-13 Chevrolet Traverse and the 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook, which are all crossover SUV models. These vehicles make up 1.2 million of the recall number. GM cites the reason for the recall as a problem with the wiring in the seat-mounted side airbags.

The manufacturer says customers will see a vehicle warning light that says “Service Air Bag.” If this is ignored, it can result in the airbag not deploying in the event of a side-impact crash. The potential defect also may cause other side-impact crash safety systems not to work. GM says there are no reports of injuries related to the problem.

GM issued a second recall encompassing 64,000 Cadillac XTS full-size sedans, model years 2013 and 2014 for overheating brakes. The brake problem has been linked to two vehicle fires.

Additionally, GM is recalling 303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans. The auto manufacturer says it needs to “rework” the material on the instrument panel to improve safety for passengers who are not wearing a seat belt and may impact the area in a crash. These vans are usually sold for commercial use.

GM is under fire after announcing a recall of Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn vehicles to repair an ignition switch problem that it said can allow the key to unintentionally slip from its “run” position when the car hits a bump or if the keychain is too heavy. As a result, the defect can cause an engine shutdown and loss of power steering, brakes, and safety systems, including its airbags and anti-lock brakes.

The initial recall was announced Feb. 13 and included 780,000 vehicles, in particular the Chevy Cobalt and certain Pontiac models. On Feb. 25, GM expanded the recall to include hundreds of thousands of additional Chevy, Pontiac, and Saturn cars, bringing the total number of affected vehicles to 1.4 million. The recall currently includes the 2005-2007 Chevy Cobalt, and model year 2003-2007 Pontiac G5, Saturn Ion, Chevy HHR, Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky.

The two-stage recall prompted safety regulators to look into whether GM violated federal safety laws, which require automakers to report safety defects within five days of discovering them. After closer inspection, depositions taken during a civil lawsuit revealed that GM actually knew about the ignition switch problems in 2004. The federal government has opened a criminal investigation into the automaker’s conduct.

Source: CNN Money

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