By on June 17, 2014

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In today’s digest: General Motors issues another ignition-related recall; has fixed a handful of those affected by the original ignition recall; and unveils plans for three new compacts to be sold in emerging markets.

Autoblog reports GM has issued six total recalls of some 3.41 million North American vehicles built between the start of the new century and the present:

  • 2000 – 2005 Cadillac Deville; 2004 – 2005 Buick Regal LS, GS; 2004 – 2011 Cadillac DTS; 2005 – 2009 Buick Lacrosse; 2006 – 2008 Chevrolet Monte Carlo; 2006 – 2011 Buick Lucerne; 2006 – 2014 Chevrolet Impala: Ignition switch; 3.36 million recalled
  • 2013 – 2014 Cadillac ATS; 2014 Cadillac CTS: Shift cable/bracket separation in automatic transmissions; 68,887 recalled
  • 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 HD; 2015 GMC Sierra 2500/3500 HD: Potential poor connection of power steering hose clamp connection to power steering pump; 57,192 recalled
  • 2011 Cadillac CTS AWD: Premature rollover airbag deployment linked to gasket leak between constant velocity joint and rear propeller shaft; 16,932 recalled
  • 2014 Chevrolet Corvette: Premature passenger seat side airbag deployment linked to unbelted child and door trim in models with the Competition Sport Seat option; 712 recalled
  • 2014 – 2015 Chevrolet Silverado; 2014 – 2015 GMC Sierra: Movement of driver-side all-weather floor mats due to missing attachments in vinyl-floor models; 184 recalled

The automaker expects to take a $700 million charge in addition to the $400 million already forecast for Q2 2014.

Regarding the original ignition-related recall of 2.6 million vehicles back in February of 2014, Bloomberg reports 154,731 of the affected models have been fixed thus far. GM has also shipped 396,253 repair kits around the world to help dealer service bays repair the problem. Production of the parts has been non-stop for its supplier Delphi, where the line has been going strong through multiple shifts seven days a week.

Finally, Just-Auto says the automaker plans to unveil three new compact vehicles under the Amber project. The new compact sedan, SUV and hatchback will be designed in Europe and assembled in Brazil, with the finished products heading for emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia, India, Mexico et al. Potential global production is expected to reach between 1 million and 1.2 million units annually beginning around 2018 at the earliest.

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19 Comments on “GM Recalls 3.36M Vehicles Over Ignition Problem...”


  • avatar
    John

    So, GM has fixed slightly less than 6% of the vehicles recalled in February. Glad to see they are on top of the situation. It’s possible they may get all their recalls fixed before the second coming of Christ.

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      I wonder if the headline should read:

      “GM recalls 3.36 MORE vehicles over ignition problem.”

      With over 17+ million GM vehicles recalled by now, another GM milestone has been reached.

      Does anyone REALLY think that GM will fix all of the recalled ones still on the road? My guess is, it won’t even be close.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Seriously I am not trying to be a hater but GM is toast.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      They apparently need to spend more money on EVERY part of their cars, so things actually are built properly and work.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        The whole corporate culture has spiraled downwards. If you read the NYT article on the subject, it quotes a buyer of a 2000 Deville in 2000 as reporting issues when the car was brand new. So, in the model where you actually have margin to use a better quality part than say a Delta car, you screw it up too. Other than Saab, GM trucks, J and N-body, I can’t think of a platform in the past fifteen years that has now yet to be recalled. I am already incredibly not impressed with the whole we are the world approach to global platforms with poor motors, small size, and diminished interior room. Why the hell would I buy your products now after I hear you’ve had recall level issues since CY2000 with almost every platform you have.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          Yeah, that was a lousy Deville. Though I liked the options available on the ridiculously named DHS, and also the early use of LED’s.

          Talk about a car which didn’t age well. Also, “luxury” does not equal giant dash panel gaps. Ugh.

          http://cimages2.carsforsale.com/320928/72C0C336-3DC8-4654-863A-709B4EE0A918_10.jpg

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            MY00 Deville is G-body, which is also shared by Lesabre 00+, Park Ave 98+, Bonneville, Olds Aurora, and Lucerne. Recalling some but not other implies somehow the other models use different parts or sheer unwillingness/incompetence to acknowledge the problem across all model lines. This is a big problem, bigger than then issue itself. It suggests the entire corporate structure for at least the past fifteen years is maleficent.

          • 0 avatar
            Silence

            I remember sitting in one of those. I was amazing that GM would go through so much trouble of coming up with 4 different shades of Babyshit Beige to use in them.

            In hindsight, this was likely a quality control problem.

    • 0 avatar
      toxicroach

      If GM sales were down, hell, if they were FLAT, maybe they’d be toast.

      At this point the damage is done, might as well clean out every possible skeleton in one massive purge, where the public stops caring or keeping track of everything, than keep the recalls dripping along like most car companies.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    I have posted a number of times the W-bodies would get added, the Grand Prix will be added to this recall next. The ignition switch issues in these cars are well documented.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Indeed you have. But it seems were being picky choosy about which models we want to recall when in fact they are all the same and [should] use the same parts. I ranted my conclusions on this above.

      • 0 avatar
        highdesertcat

        LOL! I look at it this way, “GM! The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

        I am always surprised at how much GM keeps on giving. With GM, the fun just never ends.

      • 0 avatar
        APaGttH

        Very picky choosy – and I know is is an issue on her Grand Prix. So it’s a bit of BS the recall doesn’t apply – yet – but it will.

        I’d give the benefit of the doubt like some other paperwork needs filing or something was ready, but we are way past that.

  • avatar
    Lorenzo

    With the recalls going back to MY 2000, how many cars are still on the road, and how many 3rd/4th/etc owners will throw away the recall notice – if they can be found and notified? Even original owners who have never had a problem are unlikely to visit a dealer, or will be put on a waiting list and forget about it.

    While the number of accidents the ignition part has directly caused is still unknown (there are too many other factors involved in an accident), it’s still a very small percentage of the 17 million cars recalled, no more than a part with a failure rate of one in 50,000 or more. Math isn’t Americans’ strong suit, but after a decade with no problems, a lot of owners will be comparing the chances to being hit by lightning.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      I don’t know but excepting Northstar failures I would say a fair percentage of them overall. Those platforms were GM’s upscale “bread and butter” models. I doubt many of them are in the hands of their original owners though.

      “a lot of owners will be comparing the chances to being hit by lightning”

      I agree, the level of danger is negligible. Still this doesn’t bode well for GM to those of us keeping score.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Of this latest round of recalls, I don’t think any of them had the 3.1 or 3.4 engines, and most are out of the Dexcool problem era.

    For the W-bodies specifically they are 3.8L V6 both NA and supercharged, 3.6L V6, and a handful of LS4 5.3L V8s.

    Say what you want about GM W-bodies but the 3.8 60 degree V6 with the 4-speed auto is pretty darn near indestructible. The only way to really kill that combo is complete, total, abject neglect.

  • avatar
    BrettonPoint60

    What a sad story both for GM and its loyal customers. I have to say, I like new cars, I mean I really like new cars!! A very expensive weakness I am afraid. In the last fifteen years I have bought two new Caddys, one wonderful and one terrible. Also bought a new Buck Lucerne, which was trouble free but just too big and boat like. Included in that period I have bought two new Avalons, the first was trouble some the second was very nice. Now driving a 2011 Camry Hybrid, mileage is sensational and the ride very pleasant but boring as hell.Noican not explain to you why it is boring. Will add my feelings Toyota dealers, Toyota dealers are the worst I have encountered. When things are fine with your Toyota’s the dealers are wonderful, free sandwich’s coffee etc, but during problems they are inflexible and hostile especially here in Fla on the east coast Stuart area. Toyota’s in my experience are well built good vehicles but as I said in my experience the dealers are scum and detract from the enjoyment of the vehicles.


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