This week, GM announced three new recalls that involved over 1.5 million vehicles. This comes on the heels of a recall by GM last month of 1.62 million vehicles, which caused at least 12 deaths and 31 crashes. The new recalls are the result of the CEO's request for a comprehensive internal safety review after the ignition switch recall.
The three new recalls include:
- 1.18 million full-size crossover SUVs: 2009-2013 Chevy Traverse, 2008-2013 Buick Enclave, 2008-2013 GMC Arcadia and 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook. These vehicles are being recalled because of a possible failure in the side airbags. According to GM, if the air bag warning on the instrument panel lights up but the bags aren't checked, eventually the wiring will fail and the bags won't work. No injuries have been reported because of this problem.
- 63,900 2013 and 2014 Cadillac XTS sedans have a problem with their brake system. A plug in the brake system may come loose, which could allow corrosion and cause overheating which could lead to a fire. No injuries have been reported because of this problem.
- 303,000 2009 Chevy Express and GMC Savana commercial vans have an issue with the passenger-side air bag. The material covering those airbags does not meet federal standards. GM says that it is working hard to find a new material that will meet the standards for that vehicle. However, it says that passengers who are wearing seat belts are not at risk of being injured.
GM may have issued these latest recalls out of an abundance of caution, particularly after its actions involving the recalls last month have been scrutinized. Any automaker that knows about a vehicle's safety defect and fails to take action can be held liable not only for typical damages, but possibly even punitive damages.
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