Still reeling from a massive recall following a decade-old ignition switch problem, General Motors announced yesterday it is recalling 2.7 million more vehicles for defects involving tail lamps, headlights, brakes, tie rods, and windshield wipers.
In a press release, GM said it expects to take a financial hit of about $200 million in the second quarter of 2014, “primarily for the cost of recall-related repairs announced in the second quarter.” The latest five recalls are separate from the 2.6 million recalls for the ignition switch problem, which has been linked to 13 deaths and 31 crashes, and which reportedly cost the company $1.3 billion.
Click on the Corvette below to see the cars and trucks affected by the latest GM recall.
Chevy Corvettes from 2005 to 2013 are being recalled for potential loss of low-beam headlight operation. The problem can occur when the engine is warm, causing the electrical center housing to expand and the low-beam control circuit wire to bend slightly and eventually fracture. In all, 111,889 Corvettes are affected.
The giant automaker is facing multiple investigations involving its delayed reaction to the ignition switch problem. In April, GM CEO Mary Barra testified before a House Subcommittee about the ignition issue, saying, “When we have answers, we will be fully transparent with you, with our regulators, and with our customers.”
GM said yesterday's announcement serves as an example of the company’s emphasis on customer safety. “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,” said Jeff Boyer, the new vice president of GM Global Vehicle Safety, in the company’s press release.
The largest recall involves 2.4 million passenger cars, including the Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Pontiac G6, and Saturn Aura, for problems with the brake lamp wiring harness. GM said that harness could be damaged by micro-vibrations, potentially causing brake lamps to fail to illuminate during braking or accidently illuminate when the brakes are not engaged. GM said it is aware of several hundred complaints, 13 crashes, and two injuries that have been caused by the condition.
The second recall, which covers 111,889 Corvettes, involves potential loss of low-beam headlight operation. The problem can occur when the engine is warm, causing the electrical center housing to expand and the low-beam control circuit wire to bend slightly.
The third recall, which covers 140,067 Chevy Malibus with start-stop technology, involves disabling of the hydraulic brake boost. The problem can require greater pedal effort on the part of the driver and longer stopping distances. GM said it was aware of four crashes related to the condition.
The fourth recall, identified on 19,225 Cadillac CTS luxury passenger cars, occurs when the windshield wiper system becomes inoperable after a vehicle jump-start.
The fifth recall, involving a tie rod that can separate from the steering rack, was identified on the Chevy Silverado truck and Tahoe SUV, along with the GMC Sierra. The problem can occur because the tie rod’s threaded attachment to the steering gear may not be tightened to specification. It involves 477 vehicles. “Customers are being contacted and told to have their vehicles taken by flatbed to their dealer, where the inner tie rods will be inspected for correct torque and, if necessary, the steering gear will be replaced,” GM’s statement said.