GM sets four more recalls, covering over 105,000 vehicles

DETROIT Fri Jun 6, 2014 5:48pm EDT

The General Motors logo is seen outside its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan in this file photograph taken August 25, 2009.     REUTERS/Jeff Kowalsky/Files

The General Motors logo is seen outside its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan in this file photograph taken August 25, 2009.

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DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co on Friday announced four more recalls covering 105,688 cars and trucks globally, raising the number of recalls to 34 including the high-profile for defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths.

GM's 34 recalls so far this year cover almost 13.9 million vehicles in the United States, including the 2.6 million older cars with the defective ignition switch. Globally, GM has recalled about 15.9 million vehicles. Almost 90,000 of the vehicles recalled on Friday were sold in the United States.

The automaker on Thursday released its internal probe detailing how lower-level employees turned a blind eye to the defective switch for 11 years, but cleared top executives of any blame.

GM's largest recall on Friday covers 69,552 heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickup trucks from model years 2014 and 2015, as well as Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, and GMC Yukon SUVs from model year 2015.

The vehicles are being recalled because the base radio may not work, preventing audible warnings if the key is in the ignition when the driver's door is opened, GM said. There also would not be an audible chime if a front seat belt is not buckled. GM said it was not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the possible defect.

Vehicles with this condition would not meet federal standards for theft protection, rollaway protection and occupant crash protection, GM said. Dealers will reprogram the radio control module.

GM also is recalling 36,012 2012 model Buick Verano, Chevy Camaro, Cruze and Sonic compact cars for a defect that could cause the driver's air bag not to deploy. GM said there was one crash with an injury related to the issue and it is aware of other crashes where air bags did not deploy but it is not known if they were related to this condition.

GM said it conducted two previous recalls for this issue involving 7,116 of these vehicles with no confirmed crashes in which this issue was involved.

Dealers will replace the steering wheel air bag coil, which will eliminate contact between the shorting bar inside the driver's air bag and the air bag terminals.

  GM also has two smaller recalls. It is recalling 87 2013-2014 model year Chevy Spark and 2013 Buick Encore vehicles made in South Korea for a possible defect that could prevent the passenger airbag from deploying properly. GM said it is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to the issue.

Dealers will replace the passenger air bag, GM said.

GM also is recalling 37 2014 model-year Chevy Corvette cars because an internal short-circuit in the sensing and diagnostic module could disable front air bags, seat belt pretensioners and the automatic occupancy sensing module. GM said it is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue.

Dealers will replace the module, GM said.

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(Reporting by Ben Klayman in Detroit)

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Comments (3)
bluto1960 wrote:
Ford Motor’s C.E.O Alan Mulally said in a CNN interview today

when asked about the GM ignition switch recall and if the same

thing could ever happen at Ford he replied,

“Of course not we took bold mesures years ago
and completely banned the “Ford nod” and “Ford salute” within in

all of Ford’s management teams and throughout all of our

facilities worldwide!

Jun 06, 2014 4:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bluto1960 wrote:
Ford Motor’s C.E.O Alan Mulally said in a CNN interview today

when asked about the GM ignition switch recall and if the same

thing could ever happen at Ford he replied,

“Of course not we took bold mesures years ago
and completely banned the “Ford nod” and “Ford salute” within in

all of Ford’s management teams and throughout all of our

facilities worldwide!

Jun 06, 2014 4:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bluto1960 wrote:
In a bold announcment Today a GM spokesperson has said ,

“Going forward “The ” GM Nod ” used by committee members often in

unison to indicate agreement on a committee proposal or action

plan but more often resulting no action or intention to follow

through is now banned throughout G.M. going forward ”

Further” The “GM salute,” described by some as “a crossing of the

arms and pointing outward toward others, indicating that the

responsibility belongs to someone else, not me.” is also banned

throughout GM.

The spokesperson added ,
In our continuing efforts to improve product quality , safety and

share holder value for our valued customers and investors
After an extensive internal audit and careful consideration we

have determined these measures in addition to firing a few rank

and file engineers and unnamed managers should take care of the

recent recall related occurrences and any others going forward .”

Jun 06, 2014 4:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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