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GM recalls another 1.5 million vehicles

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Things are spiralling down for General Motors following a claim that 303 deaths are possibly related to now-recalled GM vehicles where the airbags did not deploy, and another 12 casualties resulting from an ignition switch failure.

The automaker today announced three new recalls affecting more than 1.5 million vehicles in North America. These aim to address various issues related to airbags, seat belts, and brakes.

“Today’s announcement underscores the focus we’re putting on the safety and peace of mind of our customers,” insisted GM CEO Mary Barra in a news release on Monday.

GM estimates that it would take a US$300 million charge in the first quarter of this year to fix the various problems.

More specifically, the latest recalls affect:
  • 300,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans (25,000 in Canada) due to instrument panel issues related to unbuckled passengers;
  • 63,900 Cadillac XTS sedans (1,446 in Canada) due to brake booster corrosion that may result in overheating;
  • 1.18 million Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Traverse and Saturn Outlook SUVs (70,000 in Canada) due to side airbags that may not deploy during a crash.
Further details about these recalls will come shortly.

Source: thestar.com