General Motors has announced three separate new safety recall campaigns for several different models. This latest recall includes vehicles which may have an ignition switch that could be accidentally bumped by a driver’s knee, adding to the more than 15 million vehicles the automaker has so far recalled this year for ignition switch related problems.
The problem: The first recall is for certain Chevrolet Caprice and Pontiac G8 sedans for a knee bump risk with the ignition. The second recall is for certain Cadillac CTS-V and STS-V models with a faulty fuel pump module and the third is for certain Chevrolet Sonic models with a loose electrical connection in the steering column.
Vehicles affected: The first recall affects 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprices and 2008-2009 Pontiac G8s. The fuel pump recall affects 2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-Vs and 2006-2007 Cadillac STS-Vs, while the Sonic recall affects only certain Sonic hatchbacks affected by a manufacturing flaw.
Number of vehicles being recalled: The largest recall is for the Caprice and G8, with approximately 47,000 models affected. The CTS-V and STS-V recall affects about 10,005 models, while the Spark recall only applies to 304 models which were affected by an error on the production line.
The fix: The G8 and Caprice models will have the Remote Keyless Entry Transmitter separated from the key blade and housing assembly. Dealers will then discard the original key blade and housing assembly, ensuring it’s not in the hands of the customer. A new key blade will be cut with the key angled 90 degrees, so the transmitter assembly no longer sticks out from the dash as much, reducing the knee bump risk. GM says one crash but no injuries or fatalities have been linked to the problem. Drivers are encouraged to adjust their seating position to reduce the chances of a knee bump.
Cadillac CTS-V and STS-V models have a fuel pump module electrical terminal that may overheat, which can melt the flange material. Dealers will inspect and replace the fuel pump module and fuel tank jumper harness. CTS-V and STS-V models built after March 15, 2007 have contacts on the fuel pump module built with copper and flexible wires, which fixed the problem that prompted this recall.
The Sonic has a loose electrical connection in the steering column that may impact airbag performance. GM has yet to provide a fix for the problem, but did say it was discovered when an electrical engineer at its Orion plant identified seven error codes built during a night shift. A stop-sale has been issued for the car and more vehicles are expected to be added to the 304 cars affected to date.
Contacts: Customers with questions may contact Cadillac at 1-800-858-8006, Pontiac at 1-800-762-2737 at or Chevrolet at 1-800-22-1020. They may also use this dedicated recall site to search for GM recalls using their VIN.