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Six New Recalls at GM – All-Time Record for US Industry

Latest problems involve 7.6 mil vehicles sold in the States, most for ignition key issues.

by on Jun.30, 2014

The 2014 Cadillac CTS is just one of 7.6 million vehicles named in a recall by General Motors today.

Hours after the details of a new victims’ compensation program was announced for those killed or injured as a result of an ignition switch defect, General Motors has revealed it will stage another six separate recalls covering 7.6 million vehicles sold in the U.S.

That move not only brings to nearly 26 million the number of GM vehicles recalled since just the beginning of the year, but also brings to nearly 39 million the overall tally of vehicles recalled by all automakers operating in the U.S. this year, exceeding the previous annual record by almost 15% – and in just six months.

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The vast majority – nearly 7.4 million of the vehicles covered by the latest GM recall blitz involve what the automaker describes as “unintended ignition key rotation,” a problem in which a driver can inadvertently nudge the key or key ring and turn the car off. If that happens, it will likely lose its power brake and steering assist while the airbags would be disabled. GM says it knows of seven crashes, eight injuries and three fatalities related to the latest recalls, all in vehicles with the ignition key problem. (more…)

U.S. Automakers Obliterate One-Year Recall Record… In Six Months

Latest GM recall blitz obliterates old mark.

by on Jun.30, 2014

GM CEO Mary Barra has presided over the bulk of the largest number of recalls in U.S. auto history.

Most of the time breaking a record is followed by celebration and jubilation; however, with the recall of 7.65 million vehicles today — nearly 8.5 million worldwide — General Motors helped U.S. automakers secure a record none of them want to be part of: the most vehicles ever recalled in a single year. Worse than beating the record is that it only took six months to do it.

With the latest action, the new total is 39.85 million vehicles, easily surpassing the previous one-year record of 33.01 million set in 2004.

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GM’s latest announcement covers six new recall campaigns — bringing to more than 40 the total number of separate safety-related service actions it has taken this year. GM alone has been responsible for the recall of more than 26 million vehicles since January. By comparison, the entire industry called back just 27.96 million vehicles last year.

Keenly aware of the growing damage to its reputation, GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement, “We have worked aggressively to identify and address the major outstanding issues that could impact the safety of our customers.” But Barra also signaled GM’s recall blitz is not necessarily over, adding that, “If any other issues come to our attention, we will act appropriately and without hesitation.”

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