General Motors is continuing its recall blitz with a sudden announcement that over 8,400,000 vehicles on the road in North America will need to have faulty parts replaced, some of which are older than the company’s youngest customers on the road today. It brings the recall total this year to 28.9 million vehicles, more than the company has sold in the last three years combined.
Among these recalled vehicles, GM is aware of seven crashes, eight injuries and three fatalities. The fatal crashes occurred in older model full-size sedans being recalled for inadvertent ignition key rotation. Though GM states that there is no conclusive evidence that the defect condition caused those crashes.
Former GM ignition switch engineer Ray DeGiorgio, who was among 15 people fired for their role in the ignition switch scandal involving the Chevrolet Cobalt and others, was also involved in the design of some, but not all of the newly recalled cars.
What’s more, trading in General Motors stock was suspended on the New York Stock Exchange while the announcement was made. GM was quick to mention that this recall hurricane that has been storming since the end of winter will begin to subside going forward. The company also expects to take a $1.2 billion hit this quarter, up from $700 million, because of these recalls. Wall Street wonders if GM will even post a profit for this quarter at this point.
“We undertook what I believe is the most comprehensive safety review in the history of our company because nothing is more important than the safety of our customers,” said GM CEO Mary Barra. “Our customers deserve more than we delivered in these vehicles. That has hardened my resolve to set a new industry standard for vehicle safety, quality and excellence.”
“Unintended key rotation:”
1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu
1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrique
1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero
1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am
2000-05 Chevrolet Impala and Monte Carlo
2004-08 Pontiac Grand Prix
2003-14 Cadillac CTS
2004-06 Cadillac SRX
“Engine block heater power cord (if equipped) may become damaged under very cold conditions”
2011-14 Chevrolet Cruze; 2012-14 Chevrolet Sonic
2013-14 Chevrolet Trax, Buick Encore and Verano
“Some vehicles my not have had a ‘Superhold’ joint fastener tightened to spec from the factory”
2014 Chevrolet Camaro and Impala, Buick Regal, Cadillac XTS
Electrical fire risk
2007-11 Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Sierra HD equipped with an auxiliary battery
Possible electrical short in driver’s door module that could disable power door locks
2005-07 Buick Rainier, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender, Saab 9-7x
2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT, GMC Envoy XL
Number Of Affected Vehicles:
7,554,458 in the United States, 8,448,005 total in North America
GM dealers will be responsible for making the necessary repairs and replacements. And until the ignition recall repairs have been performed, GM stresses that customers should remove all items from their key ring, leaving only the vehicle key, and always use their seat belts. The key fob, if present, should also be removed from the key ring.