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GM Adds Millions of Vehicles to Recall List

Latest announcements come as CEO Barra prepares to face Congress.

by on Mar.31, 2014

GM CEO Mary Barra will face two days of hearings on Capitol Hill this week.

Even as General Motors prepares for what is likely to be a tough grilling on Capitol Hill later this week, the automaker has been rapidly expanding the list of vehicles covered under a variety of safety-related recalls.

That includes not only another 971,000 added to the list of products covered by a deadly ignition switch problem but 172,000 newer Chevrolet Cruze sedans as well as 490,000 full-size Chevy and GMC pickups and sport-utility vehicles.  Even the maker’s new Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid has been targeted by a new service action, albeit in relatively miniscule numbers.

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The flood of safety-related problems could lead to an even tougher grilling when Barra, GM’s first female chief executive sits down in front of Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday to explain the maker’s response to an ignition switch problem so far linked to at least 12 deaths and 31 crashes.

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GM Recall Targets Rollaways

Nearly 70,000 SUVs, pickups and vans targeted.

by on Jan.04, 2013

The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado is among those targeted by the new rollaway recall.

General Motors is recalling nearly 70,000 late-model SUVs, pickups and vans because of potential defective transmission interlocks that could let the vehicles roll away after being parked.

More than a dozen different 2013 models are involved in the recall, 54,686 of the vehicles sold in the U.S., 6,310 in Canada, with nearly 8,000 more delivered in Mexico and overseas markets that mostly include the Mideast.

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The vehicles may be equipped with a fractured park lock cable as well as a malformed steering column lock component. Under certain conditions this could allow a driver to inadvertently remove the vehicle’s key even if the transmission was not shifted into the Park position.

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GM Recalling Over 145k Midsize Pickups

Hoods could unexpectedly fly open.

by on Dec.20, 2012

A missing latch triggers the recall of the Chevrolet Colorado (shown here) and GMC Canyon pickups.

General Motors will recall more than 145,000 of its midsize pickups because a missing latch could lead to the hood of the trucks unexpectedly flying open on the highway.

The recall affects two models, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, both produced during the 2010 through 2012 model-years. A total of 118,800 of the pickups were sold in the U.S., another 15,264 in Canada. The rest were sold in Mexico or exported to other parts of the world.

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The problem is that a secondary hood latch may not have been installed on the vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  If the primary latch isn’t properly engaged the hood could pop open. The situation could be especially severe while driving as wind could lift the hood up and block a driver’s view of the road ahead.

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