General Motors (GM) announced that they will recall 1.5 million more vehicles for three different issues. As a whole, the recall affects 1.75 million vehicles globally. The new announcement makes the GM recall twice as many vehicles in the United States alone, as compared to all of 2013.
The recall began with GM intially received complaints over the slow response to an ignition switch defect over its small cars. GM said there are three new additional recalls that leads GM to take a $300 million charge on its first quarter earning reports to cover the repair cost.
GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement that she had asked her executives to give added attention towards the pending GM products. "Bring them forward and resolve them quickly," said Barra.
The U.S. recall affects the following: (1) 303,000 units of the 2009-2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans. GM says they will improve the material used in the instrument panels to satisfy U.S. crash standard, meant to protect the unbelted passengers. With this, GM has stopped delivery of the vans until "he solution has been completed and parts are available."
(2) 63,900 units of the 2013-2014 Cadillac XTS full-size luxury sedan. GM says the vehicle’s brake booster corrosion needs to be fixed because it can lead to overheating. A spokesman said GM knows the two vehicle fires were linked to the defect.
(3) 1.18 million units of the 2008-2013 Buick Enclave, 2008-2013 GMC Acadia, 2009-2013 Chevrolet Traverse, and 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook. The wiring harness for the seat-mounted side airbags needs to be fixed because GM says it can get pinched resulting to turning on the warning light in the instrumental panel. Ignoring the warning will eventually lead to non-deployment of the side impact restraints including the side airbags.
GM said there were no injuries, accidents, and deaths related to any of the said defects.
In a video posted on GM’s website, Barra said the supplier making replacement for the ignition pats is adding a second production line to double the parts’ availability.