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General Motors Recalls Another 1.5M Vehicles for Issues Unrelated to Ignition Switch Defect

By Jeff Youngs, March 18, 2014
General Motors announced today that it would recall an additional 1.5 million cars, SUVs, and large vans to resolve problems unrelated to the faulty ignition switch issue that has brought increased scrutiny upon the company and its policies regarding recalls. The new recalls include the Cadillac XTS, full-size Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans, and GM's quartet of large crossover SUVs including the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Saturn Outlook.

"I asked our team to redouble our efforts on our pending product reviews, bring them forward and resolve them quickly," said Mary Barra, Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Company. "Today's announcement underscores the focus we're putting on the safety and peace of mind of our customers. We are conducting an intense review of our internal processes and will have more developments to announce as we move forward."

The new recall for 63,900 units of the 2013 and 2014 Cadillac XTS pertains to corrosion inside of an electrical relay associated with the brake booster pump. A low-resistance short could result, leading to overheating, melting of electrical components, and a fire under the hood. GM says it is aware of two fires, and two cases of melted components.

Chevrolet and GMC dealers have stopped selling versions of the 2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans with gross-vehicle-weight ratings of less than 10,000 lbs. A new recall pertains to 2014 models, as well as versions dating back to the 2009 model year. In these vehicles, the passenger-side instrument panel material does not comply with federal head-impact regulations and must be revised in 303,000 units of the vans.

GM's popular full-size crossover SUVs need to have their side-impact air bag wiring harnesses revised so that the air bags will deploy even if the SUV's owner ignores a warning light to service the air bag system. Currently, if the owner does not heed the warning light, such action eventually results in non-deployment of the air bags. The air bag wiring harness recall affects 1.18 million units of the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Saturn Outlook built from 2008 through 2013.

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