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Over 3 million vehicles hit by GM's latest recalls

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General Motors is now recalling 3.36 million vehicles in North America (the vast majority in the U.S.) because the ignition switch may inadvertently move out of the “run” position if the key is carrying extra weight and experiences some jarring event.

There is an effect on power steering and power braking. Also, the airbags may not deploy.

GM is aware of eight crashes and six injuries related to this recall. Affected models include:
  • Buick LaCrosse (2005-2009)
  • Chevrolet Impala (2006-2014)
  • Cadillac Deville (2000-2005)
  • Cadillac DTS (2007-2011)
  • Buick Lucerne (2006-2011)
  • Buick Regal LS and GS (2005)
  • Chevrolet Monte Carlo (2006-2008)
Rework of the ignition keys at GM dealerships is expected to begin in the next few weeks. Until the rework or replacement is completed, owners of the recalled vehicles are urged to remove additional weight from their key chains and drive with only the ignition key.

More recalls
As if that wasn't enough, GM is also recalling 68,887 Cadillac ATS sedans from 2013-2014 and 21,683 Cadillac CTS models from 2014 (all with an automatic transmission) because the shift cable may not be fully secured to the shifter bracket or transmission bracket.

Meanwhile, 57,192 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 HD and GMC Sierra 2500/3500 HD pickup trucks from 2015 will require an inspection for proper attachment of power steering hose clamps to the power steering pump.

In addition, 16,932 Cadillac CTS AWD models from 2011 may have a gasket leak where the constant velocity joint meets the rear propeller shaft. The latter could separate or become loose, making contact with the vehicle floor above and causing the rollover sensor to deploy the curtain airbags.

Finally, 712 model year 2014 Chevrolet Corvettes with optional Competition Sport Seats are being recalled because an unbelted child and door trim may block the passenger seat side airbag vent in a deployment, while the accessory all-weather floor mats in 184 model year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups can slip under the driver’s feet because the vinyl floors have no attachments to secure them in place.

So far this year, GM has recalled more than 20 million vehicles.

Source: General Motors