General Motors is pushing onward with its safety recall onslaught after quietly announcing four additional recalls, totalling 428,211 vehicles in the United States.
Vehicles Affected: This round of four separate recalls covers several models, they are:
2013-2014 Chevrolet Cruze
2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado
2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban
2014-2015 GMC Sierra
2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL
2013-2014 Chevrolet Caprice
2014 Chevrolet SS
2014 Corvette Stingray
The problem: The first recall, covering the Cruze compact sedan, is for the inflator in the driver’s side front air bag. The inflator may rupture and/or the air bag may not inflate during air bag deployment. If it ruptures, it could propel metal pieces of the inflator into the vehicle cabin, which may injure the driver or other vehicle occupants. Additionally, if the inflator does not inflate the air bag, there is an increased risk of injury to the driver. GM is aware of one injury related to the issue.
The second recall, encompassing some of the automaker’s full-size pickups and SUVs, is to recalibrate the vehicle’s transfer case control module software. The problem affects four-wheel drive models only. In these vehicles, the transfer case may electronically switch to neutral without any input from the driver. If this occurs while a vehicle is in motion, no power will go to the wheels, and if it is stopped or parked, it may roll away.
The third is to inspect and, if necessary, replace the windshield wiper module assembly in the Caprice and SS sedans. GM says the motor gear teeth in the car may become stripped causing the wipers to not operate. GM says it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue.
The fourth and final recall for the 2014 Corvette is to replace the rear shock absorbers in models with the FE1 or FE3 suspension. An insufficient weld in the rear shocks could lead to a fracture and/or reduce the service life of the shocks, GM says.
Number of vehicles affected: The Cruze recall covers 29,019 models in the U.S. and 4,066 in Canada. The full-size pickup truck and SUV callback covers 392,459 models in the U.S. and 53,607 more in Canada. 4,794 model year Chevrolet Caprice police cars and 2014 Chevrolet SS models are recalled, while 1,939 Corvettes are included in the shock absorber recall.
The fix: In the Cruze, dealers will inspect the airbag and repair it as necessary. The full-size vehicles will have the transfer case control module software repaired, while the Caprice and SS sedans will have the windshield wiper module assembly replaced. Corvettes will have the rear shock absorbers replaced in certain models only.
Contacts: Owners may contact their local dealer for more information or call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 or GMC at 800-462-8782.