By on May 20, 2014

2014 Buick Enclave Exterior, Picture Courtesy of Alex L. Dykes

Autoblog reports General Motors has issued four new recalls affecting a total of 2.42 million vehicles. As of this writing, a total of 15 million units have been recalled by GM since February, a number Jalopnik says exceeds the total number of vehicles sold by the automaker in the past five years.

The affected models are:

  • 1,339,355 2009 – 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and 2009 – 2010 Saturn Outlook: front safety lap belt cable fatigue
  • 1,075,102 2004 – 2008 Chevrolet Malibu and 2005 – 2008 Pontiac G6: transmission shift cable fracturing
  • 1,402 2015 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV: insufficient plastic welding leading to partial deployment of front passenger air bag in event of crash; stop-sale, safety notice issued
  • 58 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD: retention clips holding 220-amp generator could become loose, moving generator out of place with potential for fire

The latest round contributes to the total of approximately 15 million vehicles recalled globally, which is more than the 12.18 million vehicles sold from 2009 through 2013, though there is overlap in some of the vehicles as a result of more than one recall affecting them.

Financially, GM will be taking a $400 million charge for the recalls in Q2 2014, which includes the previously announced $200 million for the same quarter.

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54 Comments on “GM Adds 2.4M To 2014 Recall Total, Recalls More Than Sold In Five Years...”


  • avatar
    Hummer

    It almost gives me warm and fuzzies seeing them have to recall important parts (ie spend money) because of their decision to use thin plastic to hold important components.
    Karma

    I mean really now, parts failing on this many vehicles within 3 years?

  • avatar

    How bout that Chevy SS now???

    • 0 avatar
      gtrslngr

      Hows about them 2014 Cadillac Escalades as well . That …. has to be the funniest one of the bunch

      Heck though ! Escalades ? I’ll bet dollars to Donuts the whole Cadillac range will get recalled before its all said and done

      • 0 avatar
        mcs

        The Malibu rear rotors installed on the front was the one that surprised me. Aren’t front rotors usually much larger than the rear?

        http://www.autoweek.com/article/20140509/CARNEWS/140509853?utm_source=rss

        • 0 avatar
          CGHill

          After I read that, I checked my own ride, a Japanese FWD boat: the front rotors are only 2 mm wider than the rears, but they’re about three times as thick.

  • avatar
    redliner

    When this is over it will make the Toyota Unintended Acceleration recalls seem like a Sunday ride in grandma’s Camry.

  • avatar
    gtrslngr

    As the old Caravan song [ UK Prog Rock band ] so well put it ;

    “The Dog the Dog He’s Doing It Again” ( from the album ; “For Things that go Bump in the Night” )

    The definition of IT .. in GMs case being a whole other can of worms

  • avatar
    FormerFF

    When I saw this story come up I did a page refresh, this issue’s come up so often I thought I was reading a cached web page from a week or so ago.

  • avatar
    highdesertcat

    Yup, the fun never ends with GM.

    But look on the bright side, the owners of these GM vehicles didn’t have to wait 10 years for their recall.

    Is it known yet whether anyone died because of these safety issues?

  • avatar
    jpolicke

    This is way past absurd now. Time to restart the GM Deathwatch.

    • 0 avatar
      Thatkat09

      Seeing as how sales of GM products remain uneffected by the recall and the surprise profit last quarter, I think GM will be just fine.

      • 0 avatar
        thornmark

        >>Seeing as how sales of GM products remain uneffected by the recall and the surprise profit last quarter, I think GM will be just fine.<<

        Sure, that’s the party line.

        Reported "sales" are to dealers. GM channel stuffing appears to be at or near an all-time high. I think we will find that dealer retail sales have been negatively affected, only the extent is undetermined.

        Discounts are big and they may become huge for GM’s damaged brands.

        • 0 avatar
          Thatkat09

          A source for your claims would be nice…

          • 0 avatar
            thornmark

            You should ask yourself the same question.

            Another Month, Another GM Channel Stuffing Record 5/01/14

            …traditional book-cooking going on at GM, which only managed to “beat” estimates thanks to the tried and true gimmick of channel stuffing. Indeed: after hitting an all time high of 815K cars parked at dealer lots last month, or 83 days of supply, in April GM’s channel stuffing rose to a fresh all time high of 826K, at 85 days, in effect suggesting that had it not been for the extra 11K parked but “sold” cars, GM sales would really have been up just 2.3% Y/Y, missing estimates, and down 13K from March. Hardly the picture of health the fudged data makes it out to be…..
            http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-01/another-month-another-gm-channel-stuffing-record

        • 0 avatar
          gtrslngr

          thornmark – You are partly correct . In fact GM counts a car as sold the minute it is delivered to a distribution center .

          As far as the Doubting Thomas is concerned [ Thatkat09 }

          Might I suggest Thatkat09 that perhaps you start reading the news instead of bowing down to the GM corporate line ?

          What thornmark is saying [ with my one minor correction ] is in fact common knowledge amongst those astute enough to be paying attenrion !

          • 0 avatar
            Thatkat09

            You make the comment section less fun.

            Anyway, inventory levels for GM aren’t great but nowhere near channel stuffing levels. I’d like proof of your claims please.

          • 0 avatar
            thornmark

            “For one thing, reported sales numbers don’t represent final sales to retail customers but wholesale shipments to dealers. When newly assembled cars leave the factory, they are titled and become the property of a dealer, and the sale is counted. It will be several more months before a retail customer takes possession.”
            http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/30/autos/auto-sales-april.fortune/

        • 0 avatar
          Pch101

          “Reported “sales” are to dealers”

          Er, no. Automakers report their US “deliveries,” which are vehicles that are delivered to the end customer. In other words, retail and fleet combined.

          As for quoting Zero Hedge, you really ought to be more than a bit embarrassed about that…

  • avatar
    Kenmore

    “Are there any GM cars that haven’t been recalled?”

    -USA Today

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    What’s *really* absurd is everyone making an article every time GM recalls something. We get it…GM’s had some lousy quality control over the last…decade. But it’s really quite unnecessary to report it here at TTAC, where you’ll only attract the attention of a) People who already hate GM and wouldn’t buy the company’s products *anyway*, or b) People who really like GM and will continue to buy the company’s products.

    Let’s leave the recall detritus for the petty reporters and their sensational-news agendas…

    • 0 avatar
      Pig_Iron

      TTAC has always reported not only on cars, but the business of cars and how they interact with our world. Recalls are part of that story. In this case, one maker, GM, appears to have made deliberate decisions which negatively affected the safety of its customers. That should be public. That should be published. Regardless of how I happen to feel about a particular maker.

      • 0 avatar
        Pig_Iron

        PS I find Cameron Miquelon’s writing remarkably professional. Certainly neither “petty”, nor “sensational”.

        • 0 avatar
          Kyree S. Williams

          Ms Miquelon’s writing *is* indeed professional, especially since she used actual numbers. I never that her writing was petty or sensational. And—even as a big fan of GM—I will admit that I’m highly disappointed in the company’s engineering and quality-control. But since it’s happening so often, I don’t think a new article is warranted every time GM recalls another 2 million cars.

          • 0 avatar
            thornmark

            >> I don’t think a new article is warranted every time GM recalls another 2 million cars.<<

            That sounds like a sarcastic comment on steroids, intentional or not.

    • 0 avatar
      geozinger

      @Kyree: Anything on this board with GM in it is guaranteed click bait. While that may not be the mission of these posts, it is a nice side effect. None of that has to do with the current editorial staff, this site’s reputation was set years ago with the different “deathwatch” series. I happen to think that Farago was incredibly lucky with his predictions, but that’s another discussion for some other time.

      Formerly, the editorial staff had decided against listing every recall notice that came out, but these along with the Toyota ones several years ago *are* notable due to their breadth and width. Let’s face it, the folks who spew vitriol will find a way to make comments anyway, it’s like draining the ocean with a pitchfork. On this board, you can count all of the usual suspects.

      As the owner of several GM products, I’m glad all of this information is coming to the forefront and that action will be taken to correct these problems (some of which I didn’t know existed). I’m hopeful that this signals a new direction in relations between automakers and their customers. I sure hope this is a direct action from the new CEO, which would confirm her selection as an excellent choice.

      • 0 avatar
        Kenmore

        “Anything on this board with GM in it is guaranteed click bait.”

        And yet here it is some 8 hours after posting and only 34 comments counting this one. I find that hopeful. Or at least indicative that every topic has a shelf life.

        It’s like, we already know the Bears suck.

        • 0 avatar
          geozinger

          @Kenmore: Maybe there *is* a shelf life for some of these posts.

          OTOH, I’m thinking with the frequency of them (not just here) that maybe there’s just “recall-fatigue syndrome” happening, a predecessor to MEGO (my eyes glaze over)syndrome, where the recall posts will become background noise.

  • avatar
    John

    Wasn’t it just yesterday that one of the worst and the dimmest – oops – I mean the best and the brightest told gtrslnger to “Shut up”,which; of course the “new, more pleasant moderators” had no problem with – and then today – THIS. I call it kismet…….
    IIRC, gtrslnger predicted more GM recalls – but I doubt even he envisioned this. All hail THE best and the brightest on this board – gtrslnger!!!

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    Who could be an eventual owner of GM?

    Institutions sometimes are their own worst enemies. Resolution of issues can be a long drawn out process.

    Here’s an example of the ‘Detroit Model’. I own a Mazda BT50, built on the same line as the Ranger.

    Engineering issues relating to Mazda can be made and implement within a very short time on the factory floor.

    Ford has to have data sent to Melbourne…..processed……then forwarded to Detroit……..processed……..then forwarded to the factory in Thailand. A long and drawn out hierarchal process.

    Mazda sends the data to their engineers on the factory floor in Thailand and resolve the problem. Maybe a cheaper and better way of working.

  • avatar
    anomaly149

    It makes me sad to see all of this go so wrong. I’ve got a lot of friends at GM, damn good engineers I’d put equal to or better than those at any other automaker.

    Guess the smartest of people can’t fight systems that dumb.

    • 0 avatar
      thelaine

      Agreed anomaly, and I doubt that engineering talent has ever been in short supply at GM. I think they have probably been the most frustrated employees over the years.

      • 0 avatar
        anomaly149

        Frustrated is right, I still can’t believe that one engineer got skewered the way he did for forcing the ignition lock fix through the backdoor. I’d put money on the rev bump being due to GM’s engineering release control process being so Byzantine it effectively prevented the cross-platform lock change for years.

        Every other OEM, ESPECIALLY the ones going the most gung-ho with parts kits, should be looking at their release control organizations in horror right about now.

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      Well, it’s never fun to lose, and GM, its owners, its management, and its employees are all out there for the whole automotive world to see as having fallen far short of expectations.

      The facts speak for themselves. That’s why all these products are being recalled. It may be the suppliers at fault. It could be design. It could be the beancounters. Doesn’t matter. The products are not up to par. Some even say, unsafe.

      This has nothing to do with click bait. This has everything to do with a decades-long track record of faulty, unsafe products, even if the suppliers are at fault. The UAW should rejoice! No one is getting on their case (yet).

      But in retrospect, this only underscores that the people who were opposed to the bailout and nationalization of GM were right. We should have cut our losses back in 2009, chopped up and liquidated GM.

      This is what we get for resuscitating a dead company. Where is the GM fan club now?

      No matter how good individual people are, employees all, there is no way to offset a bad company and bad products.

      Was anyone really and truly surprised to learn about these long-overdue recalls, and to find out that the new GM is just more of the same old GM?

      A leopard can’t change its spots. Why would anyone expect different from GM?

  • avatar
    Thatkat09

    Under Ms. Bara’s leadership, GM will be a stronger company after the dust finally settles. I’m just worried the dust won’t settle anytime soon.

    • 0 avatar
      thelaine

      I hope you are right, but some of us have been hearing similar thoughts expressed for 40 years. GM always seems to be on the cusp of a turnaround, with a brand new stable of cars that can compete with the best in the world. Then they do what they always do: make a couple of good cars, maybe a great car, and a bunch of shtty cars. I root for GM because a lot of people depend on them, but they suck and history suggests they always will.

      • 0 avatar
        Thatkat09

        Each one of the Detroit three kinda sucks, but they ALL have made progress. GM just has the most ground to make up. But with competent leadership, that shouldn’t be a problem. Hopefully Mary Barras competent.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    And to this day my father remains a GM loyalist in his purchasing. From the 1963 Impala that was his first car (In 1971) to the 2009 Torrent that is my mother’s current “Grandma’s Taxi.”

    Speaking of which – “2004 – 2008 Chevrolet Malibu and 2005 – 2008 Pontiac G6: transmission shift cable fracturing” – I’m surprised it doesn’t include other Epsilon/Epsilon II platform vehicles from the same time period.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    Looks like GM wants to be number one in everything automotive, including recalls.
    They just need to go bankrupt 2 more times to beat Chrysler ;)

  • avatar
    dartman

    OK all you un-American hoopleheads; Who is the global manufacturer that is so much better, transparent and ethical than GM? The clock is running…

    • 0 avatar
      thelaine

      How dare you call Lou BC un-American. He didn’t mean it Lou. He’s just upset.

    • 0 avatar
      jpolicke

      So criticizing GM is now un-American? Please tell me you were trying to be sarcastic and it just didn’t come out right.

      What’s un-patriotic is using the flag to wrap your garbage in while crooning about baseball, hot dogs, and America’s heartbeat.

      • 0 avatar
        thelaine

        It’s very un-Canadian of him.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          @thelaine- I thought that it was very Canadian to criticize anything American ;)

          If criticizing GM is un-American that would mean some place along the way the company known as GM was elevated to the status of American institution.

          I must of missed that memo……

          or was it buried some place in the last Obama “State of the Union” address?

          That is what happens when the steering wheel is on the left.

          • 0 avatar
            thelaine

            I wouldn’t know Lou. The last one I watched he said “shovel ready,” which was great, until I figured out what he was shoveling.

  • avatar
    thelaine

    GM Canada has always been suspiciously un-American in my book.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      @thelaine – “shovel ready”, yes that can mean so many things on so many levels.

      It is much easier for those on the top to shovel, as the saying goes “sh!t flows down hill”.


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