GM recalls 2.4 million U.S. vehicles

Detroit Free PressMay 21, 2014 

GM Recalls

This March 16, 2006, file photo shows a Pontiac G6 shown outside the General Motors Orion Assembly plant in Orion Township, Mich. ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO


DETROIT -- General Motors on Tuesday issued a new series of four recalls, spanning 2.4 million U.S. vehicles for a variety of issues and doubling the charges against second quarter earnings from [SoftReturn]$200 million to $400 million.

The decision brings to 29 the number of GM recalls. Globally, the automaker has now recalled more than [SoftReturn]15 million vehicles in 2014, the company's all-time record and more than the [SoftReturn]14 million Toyota recalled in 2009 and 2010.

GM said it had not identified any deaths associated with the latest round of recalls, which are unrelated to an ignition switch defect that has resulted in several government investigations and a slew of lawsuits.

For one of the recalls, GM ordered dealers to stop selling the 2015 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV. It told 224 customers who took possession not to let anyone sit in the front-passenger seat until the problem is fixed. The large SUVs have an insufficiently heated plastic weld that attaches the passenger side air bag to the instrument panel assembly. The problem could cause the airbag to deploy incorrectly.

The new recalls are:

• 1,075,102 units of the 2004-

08 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2005-08 Pontiac G6 because of a shift cable that could deteriorate, causing the driver to shift into unexpected gears. The company said the issue has been connected to 18 crashes and one injury. The company said the Malibu and G6 recall was related to an issue that resulted in an April 29 recall of some 2007-08 Saturn Aura sedans.

• The 2009-14 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia full-size crossovers and 2009-10 Saturn Outlooks, reflecting 1,339,355 vehicles, to fix a front safety belt that could wear out and break over time. The crossovers are made in Lansing area plants.

• 1,402 2015 Cadillac Escalades and Escalade ESVs.

• 58 heavy-duty 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra fullsize pickups "because retention clips attaching the generator fuse block to the vehicle body can become loose and lead to a potential fire."

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