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GM announces 5 new recalls; 2.7 million vehicles affected in U.S.

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Josée Paquet
The roof keeps falling on General Motors in the form of five new recalls that collectively affect 2.7 million vehicles in the U.S. and a yet-unspecified number in Canada. That pushes to 18 the list of recalls announced by GM so far this year, with a total of 11 million units affected.

The first recall involves the 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu, 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, 2005-2010 Pontiac G6, and 2007-2010 Saturn Aura (2.44 million units). Affected vehicles could have corrosion develop in the wiring harness for the body control module due to micro-vibration. As a result, the brake lamps may fail to illuminate when the brakes are applied or illuminate when the brakes are not engaged. Additionally, cruise control, traction control, electronic stability control, and panic braking assist operation could be disabled.

GM is aware of several hundred complaints, 13 crashes, and two injuries but no fatalities as a result of the condition.

The second recall targets 111,889 Chevrolet Corvettes from the 2005-2007 model years for potential loss of low-beam headlamp operation. Models from 2008-2013 will be covered under a Customer Satisfaction Program.

Several hundred complaints have been filed as result of the condition but no crashes, injuries, or fatalities have been reported yet.

The third recall covers 140,067 Chevrolet Malibus from the 2014 model year with a 2.5L engine and stop/start technology. These vehicles are subject to the disabling of hydraulic brake boost that can require greater pedal efforts and extended stopping distances. Dealers will reprogram the electronic brake control module.

GM is aware of four crashes but it is not clear that these are related to the condition. No injuries are known from those crashes.

The fourth recall affects 19,225 Cadillac CTS cars from the 2013-2014 model years. The windshield wiper system may become inoperable after a vehicle jump start with wipers active and restricted, such as by ice and snow. Dealers will replace the front wiper module free of charge.

The fifth and final recall involves certain 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra light-duty pickups and 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs. The tie rod threaded attachment to the steering gear rack in these vehicles may not be tightened to specification. It could separate from the steering rack, and a crash could occur without prior warning. Customers are being contacted and told to have their vehicles taken by flatbed to their dealer, where the inner tie rods will be inspected for correct torque, and, if necessary, the steering gear will be replaced.

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Josée Paquet
Josée Paquet
Automotive expert