By on June 30, 2014

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General Motors has issued a total of six recalls affecting some 8.4 million vehicles in North America, the majority of which have ignition-related issues.

Autoblog reports the following group totals 7,610,862 — 6,805,679 in the United States — and are being recalled for unintended key rotation:

  • 1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu
  • 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue
  • 1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero
  • 1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am
  • 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala
  • 2000-2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
  • 2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix

The second group totals 616,179 — 554,328 in the U.S. — and are being recalled for unintended key rotation due to bumping of key fob:

  • 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX
  • 2013-2014 Cadillac CTS

The third group totals 20,134 — 2,990 in the U.S. — and are being recalled for potential damage to the engine block heater power cord’s insulation under extreme cold conditions:

  • 2011-2014 Chevrolet Cruze
  • 2012-2014 Chevrolet Sonic
  • 2013-2014 Chevrolet Trax
  • 2013-2014 Buick Encore
  • 2013-2014 Buick Verano

The fourth group totals 117 — 104 in the U.S. — and are being recalled over the Superjoint fastner not being torqued to spec prior to leaving the assembly line:

  • 2014 Chevrolet Camaro
  • 2014 Chevrolet Impala
  • 2014 Buick Regal
  • 2014 Cadillac XTS

The fifth group totals 12,002 — 9,731 in the U.S. — and are being recalled due to the underhood fuseable link potentially melting through electrical overloading, leading to smoke and fire damage to other electric wiring components:

  • 2007-2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD (with auxiliary battery)
  • 2007-2011 GMC Sierra HD (with auxiliary battery)

The sixth and final group totals 188,705 — 181,984 in the U.S. — and are being recalled over the potential for an electrical short to the driver’s door module disabling the power lock and window switches, as well as overheating the module itself:

  • 2005-2007 Buick Rainier
  • 2005-2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
  • 2005-2007 GMC Envoy
  • 2005-2007 Isuzu Ascender
  • 2005-2007 Saab 9-7X
  • 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT
  • 2006 GMC Envoy XL

In the press release issued by the automaker, CEO Mary Barra said her company undertook what she believed “is the most comprehensive safety review in the history of [GM] because nothing is more important than the safety of [GM's] customers.” She added later on that if any other issues come to the automaker’s attention, GM would “act appropriately and without hesitation” to recall and repair those vehicles. The automaker has recalled a total of 28 million vehicles since January of this year.

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59 Comments on “General Motors Recalls 8.4 Million Vehicles...”


  • avatar
    RobertRyan

    iIs this a Guinness Book of Records activity, who gets the most recalls ?

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    I think that’s all of them.

    Edit: GMT800, GMT325 and U-body I think are the only platforms since CY2000 to not be recalled, yet. C’mon guys I know we can find a reason to recall U-body. You could recall Aztek’s styling alone.

    • 0 avatar
      Ion

      No j-bodies…. Yet at least. Kinda surprising considering they do share parts with the ion in later years.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Next up J-body?

        “Meanwhile, new evidence could emerge that GM’s struggle with ignition switches dates back even further than was previously known and includes other low-cost car models.

        Take Jim Thompson, a GM customer in Houston who is wondering whether a defect he reported to GM on a 1997 Pontiac Sunfire may have been related to the ignition-switch flaw under scrutiny in later models. Thompson’s daughter told him that the Sunfire had cut off while in motion on more than a dozen occasions, losing power brakes and steering — symptoms virtually identical to those displayed in the Cobalt and other recalled models.”

        http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/why-did-gm-take-so-long-to-respond-to-deadly-defect-corporate-culture-may-hold-answer/2014/03/30/5c366f6c-b691-11e3-b84e-897d3d12b816_story.html

    • 0 avatar
      tuffjuff

      @28

      I’ve been patiently waiting for my 2013 Equinox to be recalled. GM still has the second half of the year. Don’t worry… they’ll get to me sometime!

    • 0 avatar
      Truckducken

      Perhaps the GMT800 DRL situation might finally get addressed? Might as well do it now.

  • avatar
    fishiftstick

    I was wondering how long it would take for them to recall Malibus of that vintage. This ignition switch issue happened to me in a Malibu. I was on the highway, and figured I had run out of gas. Luckily I managed to coast safely off the highway and to a gas station, where I discovered that I had plenty of gas, and realized that I must have nudged the key.

  • avatar
    VoGo

    28 million recalls in 6 months: that’s what, 7 years of production?

    Amazing.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    They should just tell the owners of any GM car 20 years or newer to bring it in for a variety of service campaigns…

    And – in the spirit of Cash For Clunkers – offer them an extra $1000 incentive to buy a new GM car on the spot.

  • avatar
    ellomdian

    “Now, should we initiate a recall? Take the number of vehicles in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don’t do one.”

    Really, it just sounds like the potential C got higher because of the bad press the issue is getting, much like Toyota’s debacle. At this point, I would be willing that the tolerance for potential defect got a lot lower, and we are just seeing the process magnified.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Buickman: Could recall overtime be one of your marketing plans taken to an extreme? Think about it, recall every GM car made in a fifteen year period and offer demo rides while also collection demographics info?

  • avatar
    SC5door

    Fully expected this. After driving a GP, Impala, and Monte of those vintages the ignition switches felt very loose compared to the Chrysler’s and Fords that we had.

  • avatar
    3800FAN

    I’ve known several people with last gen n bodies..they all have had issues with the ignition switch. All junk. The shifter is junk too and it can cause the ignition to lock the key in or leave vehicle power on after the key is removed.

  • avatar
    HerrKaLeun

    Is this just today, or total? It sounds like every day a few million…. one loses the connection to the numbers. Like the bailouts, millions, billions, trillions, and soon we talk about real money.

    Wouldn’t it be easier to name that single car that is not recalled?

  • avatar
    VenomV12

    How much do they get paid for fixing each recall, does anyone know? Do they even need to sell any cars at the dealerships, won’t the recall work pretty much keep you flush with cash for some time to come?

  • avatar
    Silence

    God damn.

    Words fail.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    Here is another recall to add to the list:

    “About 400,000 model-year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks as well as model-year 2015 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL full-size SUVs with four-wheel-drive systems

    The Problem: A software glitch in the electronically controlled transfer case, which is responsible for controlling the four-wheel-drive system, can slip into neutral without any input from drivers while parked or in motion. GM is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.”

    So while you are waiting for your GM car to get the ignition switch repaired you could get crushed by a pickup or large SUV left unattended in the parking lot.

  • avatar
    CapVandal

    This is a good marketing opportunity. They have proven below prime in house finance. Americredit renamed GM Financial or whatever. They have names of the owners, or will if/when they are brought in for recall. And these days, marketers know more about you than you do. Triage the customers and give the most likely a test drive or a free loaner.

    GM is big enough that they should be able to walk and chew gum at the same time — so get these people who probably haven’t been to a GM dealer since their car was out of warranty — or never if they bought used — and sell them a car.

  • avatar
    mcs

    Looks like FCA is joining the party:

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2014/06/30/chrysler-expands-ignition-switch-recall/11811917/

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    TTAC Staff: I would be interested to get Mr. Farago’s take on GM: Total Recall.

  • avatar
    Silence

    They should give up and switch to sticking their own bumpers on Toyotas.

  • avatar

    Find New Recalls.

  • avatar
    ect

    As a veteran of senior management in corporate North America, I fully understand the thinking that, when you’re having a bad year and you realize you won’t make bonus targets, you want to get all the bad news – plus whatever else might be bad news – out this year (there’ll be no bonus anyway, so let’s dump everything and set ourselves up to max out next year).

    But the scale of this is extraordinary. 29 million vehicles is about 4 years of GM sales. One can’t help but ask – if GM hadn’t had its balance sheet totally cleansed by Chapter 11, would it be so aggressive about issuing recall notices? Or, is the extent of these product problems a sign that the rot in GM’s culture is even deeper than we had imagined?

  • avatar
    turboprius

    I think this is pretty important.

    http://www.foxbusiness.com/industries/2014/06/30/gm-victims-fund-to-have-wide-eligibility/

    Plus, according to the side bar, GM’s stocks went down from the time the article was written. People still have hope in GM, considering the stocks are fluctuating.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Stocks frequently fluctuate, but I certainly would not want to be a long or a bondholder in “New GM”.

    • 0 avatar
      Secret Hi5

      The question is whether GM’s current stock price already factors in past, present, and future recalls. Had there been a huge drop yesterday, I would’ve been tempted to pick up some shares myself.

  • avatar
    segfault

    I think it’s important to note that their proposed “final” fix for some of these cars is to replace or modify the ignition key so that the hole is smaller. While this is clunky and lame on its face, it’s also the same type of fix which was rejected in the Cobalt recall. Not to mention, how many of the owners will bring in all of their defective keys to be replaced (even the extra spare set which is stuffed in a kitchen drawer)? Fix these cars properly and replace the ignition cylinders with ones which have higher torque ratings!

  • avatar
    Master Baiter

    I’m really glad we bailed them out. You can’t get quality like this just anywhere.

  • avatar
    Pch101

    The $35 million fine, with the possibility of more to come, seems to have made a difference.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Yup, I’ve said since this terai wreck started the Grand Prix will be recalled.

    Coming up next, U-Body minivans which have the same problem as the W-Bodies.

    • 0 avatar
      NN

      yup, I’ve also been saying this since the ignition recalls started–the rabbit hole goes deeper…my brother’s 98′ Intrigue had this problem. And now it’s finally on the list. Looks like we still haven’t found bottom with the recalls from GM yet.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    My god they’re recalling cars they haven’t built in 10 years!

    Seriously the Chapter 7 would have been the better option. Thank god GM and Chrysler weren’t merged during the crisis.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    The Church of 3800 would like to announce that as of now, it is not under recall.

  • avatar
    luvmyv8

    Let’s see here…. my mom drives a ’04 Tahoe. I hated driving it for it’s steering wheel set in tapioca pudding and likewise brake pedal….. and one of my friends has a ’00 Saturn LS that she just put a motor in….. just waiting for those 2 shoes to drop…..

  • avatar
    ttacfan

    It seems that everyone knew about ignition switch problem way back when. In 2001 I bought ’02 Grand Prix and the salesperson gave me a nifty keychain that easily separates in two parts. He told me that I should always separate the part with my house keys when the car key was in ignition. Althow the reason he gave me was not “or your engine would stall, your air bag would disconnect and you would die fiery death”. It was more “or switch would wear out and you would have to pay for replacement”.

  • avatar
    jkross22

    What evidence, if any, do we have that GM is now some type of new company? It’s culture appears to be quite similar to what existed before. This drip, drip, drip approach to safety recalls is disgusting.

    All for what? So GM could save, what – $1.50 – for a better ignition switch??

  • avatar
    racebeer

    Well, at least my 2004 Rainier and 2001 Trans Am are safe ….. for the moment.

  • avatar
    mfgreen40

    I am surprised the engineers didnt put a small hole at the very top edge of the key and tell the customer to add all the extra keys, flash lights ect. he wanted. The engineers would have to make sure the key would go in one way only. ha


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