When your company is lambasted in the press and congress for failing to fix vehicles with known defects, regaining the public’s trust becomes a major priority. The only thing you can do to regain that trust is make absolutely sure that any known problem with your vehicles, especially with potential safety implications, is fixed as soon as possible. Working towards that, General Motors has announced recalls on 2.4 million vehicles on top of the 15 million already recalled this year. GM’s latest round of recalls covers seat belts falling apart, air bag malfunctions, transmissions sticking in gear and fuse box fires on cars and SUVs sold from 2004-2015.
The largest recall is on 1,339,355 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook SUVs sold from 2009-2014. The front seat belt on those GM SUVs could break down over time, possibly becoming separated completely.
The 2004 to 2008 Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6 equipped with the four-speed automatic transmission are being recalled due to a problem with the shift cable that can cause it to fracture. If that happens the car may be stuck in the currently selected gear and the driver may be unable to remove the key from the ignition. GM is aware of 18 crashes and one injury due to the Chevy Malibu Pontiac G6 transmission recall.
Cadillac is recalling 1,402 2015 Escalade and Escalade ESV SUVs due to a problem with a plastic weld inside the dash board that could cause the passenger-side air bag to only partially deploy during a crash. GM has ordered Cadillac dealers to stop selling 2015 Escalades until the fix has been performed and advised owners to not allow any front seat passengers until their recall maintenance is completed.
In the smallest recall, 58 Chevy Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD trucks with a 220-amp generator need to be brought in because of faulty retention clips attaching the fuse block to the vehicle body that can cause the fuse box to move out of position, potentially leading to fire.