For one reason or another, we’ve been hearing a lot of misinformation regarding GM’s recent recalls. In particular, some seem to be under the false impression that the ignition switch recall is related to the second set of recalls announced earlier this week. So we felt the need to set the record straight.
The First Set Of Recalls Announced In February
Also referred to as the “ignition switch recall“, this first set of recalls was announced in February. Approximately 1.6 million Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn vehicles are affected. The problem lies in a condition that causes the car to shut off unexpectedly, disabling its electrical systems as well as its safety airbags.
At first, the recall was only announced for approximately 778,000 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 models, but was soon expanded to an addition four models affecting 588,000 more vehicles.
GM has also expanded the recall to the European-market Opel GT — the platform mate of the Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice.
The Second Set Of Recalls Announced In March
Completely unrelated in technical nature to the ignition switch matter, this second set of recalls was announced on March 18th and affects a total of 1.54 million vehicles. The recalls are the result of an internal safety review requested by GM CEO Mary Barra, and affects seven models (three vehicle platforms):
- 303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans from the 2009-2014 model years with gross vehicle weight under 10,000 pounds. More details on this recall here.
- 63,900 Cadillac XTS full-size sedans from the 2013 and 2014 model years. More details on this recall here.
- 1.18 million Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia CUVs from the 2008-2013 model years, Chevrolet Traverse from the 2009-2013 model years, and Saturn Outlook from the 2008-2010 model years. More details on this recall here.
|MODEL YEAR||BRAND||MODEL||UNITS AFFECTED||REASON FOR RECALL|
|2009-2014||CHEVROLET/GMC||EXPRESS/SAVANA||303,000||NON-COMPLIANT HEAD IMPACT REQUIREMENT|
|2013-2014||CADILLAC||XTS||63,900||FAULTY BRAKE BOOSTER PUMP|
|2008-2013||BUICK/GMC||ENCLAVE/ACADIA||1.18 MILLION||POSSIBLE AIRBAG NON-DEPLOYMENT|
|2009-2013||CHEVROLET||TRAVERSE||PART OF 1.18 MILLION||POSSIBLE AIRBAG NON-DEPLOYMENT|
|2008-2010||SATURN||OUTLOOK||PART OF 1.18 MILLION||POSSIBLE AIRBAG NON-DEPLOYMENT|
In total, the four recalls (ignition switch plus the three aforementioned ones) affect roughly 3 million vehicles. GM will reach out to owners in the near future, and in the meantime encourages them to visit the Recall page here to check if their vehicle is affected (by typing in the VIN), and for next steps.
Stay tuned to GM Authority for more GM news, as well as continuous coverage of the GM recalls.