GM Issues Five New Recalls For 2.99 Million Vehicles

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gm issues five new recalls for 2 99 million vehicles

And the beat goes on: General Motors has issued five new recalls for 2.99 million vehicles, bringing the number of affected GM products to a total of 13 million worldwide since late February of this year.

The Detroit News reports the bulk of the new recalls is composed of 2.7 million units whose tail lamps could also disable the cruise control, electronic-stability control and panic-braking assist. In addition:

  • 111,000 2005 – 2007 Chevrolet Corvettes: loss of low-beams
  • 140,000 2014 Chevrolet Malibus: hydraulic-brake booster malfunction
  • 19,225 2013 – 2014 Cadillac CTS: windshield wiper failure
  • 477 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, Tahoe and GMC Sierra: tie-rod defect linked to loss of steering control

GM Vice President of Global Vehicle Safety Jeff Boyer stated the latest recalls were “examples of two ways” the automaker is doubling-down its focus on customer safety going forward with the design and production of its vehicles worldwide:

We have redoubled our efforts to expedite and resolve current reviews in process and also have identified and analyzed recent vehicle issues which require action. These are examples of our focus to surface issues quickly and promptly take necessary actions in the best interest of our customers.

Though the moves to find and fix as many issues as possible have shown it is turning a new leaf toward safer vehicles, GM could see its efforts all for naught as far as perception is concerned, according to Ervin Hill Strategy President Dan Hill. He says recalls overall are signs of lapses in product quality:

That’s going to play into the narrative that the “New GM” is just like the “Old GM.” I think they do have a real reputation crisis on their hands in terms of quality.

Hill adds GM will have to prove to people the recalls are being issued in the best interest of their customer base, and not just because it has perceived issues with quality overall. The automaker lost $1.3 billion in Q1 2014 from recall efforts, and expects to take a $200 million hit in Q2 2014 earnings thus far.

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  • SixDucks SixDucks on May 16, 2014

    Well, I have been in the buisness near 30 years now, and I can't say at this point Hondas or Toyotas are any better engineered than most anything else. Some manufacturers have been known to have 'secret' campaigns to repair issues quietly before they become known, and some say that is what Toyota was trying to do with the unintended acceleration issue before it became widespread. I personally don't think any of the Asian manufacturers have historically been all that transparent when it comes to these issues.

  • DrGastro997 DrGastro997 on May 16, 2014

    This is what happens when there is a massive rush to show us they're the new GM. It wasn't very long ago when they were building absolute junk Pontiacs, Buicks and Oldsmobiles. GM should stick with trucks and drop sedan production.

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    • Highdesertcat Highdesertcat on May 19, 2014

      @mikey NormSV650, It's all about what we each believe in. I drove GM for decades. Know better now. You're right though, with all the choices available to me, or anyone else, why not choose what you want from the company proven to be the best, and the largest, and the most customer-oriented, and one of the most heavily invested Japanese companies in America? Toyota! In my case, why piddle around with an automaker that died and was bailed out at taxpayer expense? How many of those taxpayers were NOT GM fans? I WAS a GM fan but do not believe in bailouts, handouts and nationalization. What I do believe in is what we, the people, did with Chrysler, pimping it off to Fiat along with a bribe of $1.3B. Look at Fiatsler now! When it comes to trucks, it's Tundra first for me, and with Ford as a distant runner-up. No other choice. SUVs? Sequoia first for me and really nothing else unless I step up to a Lexus (which I do not want to do because of the expense.) To me, my options are cut and dried, and directly in line with my beliefs and loyalties.

  • Lou_BC My son already has a Scout EV. Well, okay, RC....
  • The Oracle I was in WNY when this went down and it is likely a medical issue and/or some type of rolling domestic. That car was flat out with air bags deployed before it even left the ground. It was a spectacular wreck. The couple made a 7-minute stop at the Seneca Niagara Casino before the fiery launch, and something went terribly wrong in those 7 minutes.
  • Lorenzo A union in itself doesn't mean failure, collective bargaining would mean failure.
  • Ajla Why did pedestrian fatalities hit their nadir in 2009 and overall road fatalities hit their lowest since 1949 in 2011? Sedans were more popular back then but a lot of 300hp trucks and SUVs were on the road starting around 2000. And the sedans weren't getting smaller and slower either. The correlation between the the size and power of the fleet with more road deaths seems to be a more recent occurrence.
  • Jeff_M It's either a three on the tree OR it's an automatic. It ain't both.