General Motors is recalling another 2.42 million U.S. cars, trucks and SUVs as part of four new, separate safety recalls. GM said it would fix its recall processes and put a more strict safety approach in place to help better catch and fix problems after it was late to recall 2.6 million cars with a faulty ignition switch.
The problem: Four separate safety recalls are involved in GM’s latest announcement. The first is for certain Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia crossovers built between 2009-2014 and for 2009-2010 Saturn Outlooks, because the seat-belt cable in the front seats may wear out over time and break, resulting in an increased risk of injury during a crash.
2004-2008 Chevrolet Malibus and 2005-2008 Pontiac G6 sedans are recalled because of a shift cable in the automatic transmission which may wear out. This recall is an extension of one which was announced earlier this month for 2007-2008 Saturn Aura sedans, which shares a common transmission with the Malibu and G6.
Also recalled are 2015 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV models due to a passenger side airbag issue which may result in only partial deployment during a crash.
Lastly, 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD full-sized pickups are recalled for a fire risk. According to GM, retention clips which attach the truck’s generator fuse block to the body may become loose and lead to a fire.
Number of vehicles affected: In total, 2.42 million vehicles are affected in this recall, bringing GM’s total amount of recalled cars this year to 13.2 million. The recall of the Enclave, Outlook, Traverse and Acadia encompasses 1.3 million vehicles, while the Malibu and G6 recall includes 1.1 million. The remaining vehicles include 1,402 2015 Escalades and 58 Heavy Duty pickups.
The fix: For seatbelt repairs, GM said a fix “is currently being developed. Parts needed to complete this repair are not available at this time.”
Owners affected by the Malibu and G6 recall will likely have their vehicle’s transmission cable and mounting bracket fixed. GM has yet to say when parts for this fix will be available.
2015 Escalade owners should have received a letter, call, or email from GM notifying them their car is affected. Dealers were told not to sell 2015 Escalades and instructed 224 owners to not let anyone occupy the passenger seat until the car has been looked at by a dealer.
Contacts: Owners may contact one of the following numbers for more information: