GM recalls 3 million: Brakes, lights, wipers, steering

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by USA Today

WVEC.com

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Updated Thursday, May 15 at 12:40 PM

General Motors is recalling 3 million cars and trucks worldwide to fix five different safety problems that have triggered hundreds of complaints and some injuries, but no deaths.

Most of the vehicles -- 2.7 million -- are in the U.S. They include a handful of GM's redesigned pickups and SUVs, which have a potential steering problem.

It's serious enough that GM sent those owners overnight-delivery letters Wednesday, telling them to have their trucks hauled -- not driven -- to dealers for inspection and repair, if needed.

Also included in the new recall: 140,067 new Chevrolet Malibus for brake issues, reported here Wednesday.

STORY: New Malibu's brakes can malfunction

GM says it will take a $200 million charge in this quarter for the cost of the recalls.

The car company says it has issued 24 recalls this year, through today. They 12,8 million vehicles worldwide, 11,2 million of those in the U.S.

The latest recalls:

• 2,440,591 U.S.-market, previous-generation passenger cars for a taillamp malfunction that also can disable the cruise control, traction control, electronic stability control and panic braking assist feature. Another 194,314 are in Canada and 68,819 were exported.

• 477 full-size, 2014-model, U.S.-market pickup trucks and 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs for a tie-rod defect that can lead to a crash. Another 33 are in Canada and 10 have been exported.

• 111,889 previous-generation Chevrolet Corvettes in the U.S., for loss of low-beam head lamps. Another 3,054 are in Canada and 5,677 more were exported. In addition, 103,158 newer Corvettes that might have the same problem get the fix in what GM calls a customer satisfaction program.

• 19,225 Cadillac CTS 2013-2014 models for windshield wiper failures. Another 732 are in Canada, 94 in Mexico and 1,512 were exported.

• 140,067 Chevrolet Malibus from the 2014 model year for hydraulic brake booster malfunctions. Canada has another 732 and Mexico has 1,163.

The taillight problem that is the biggest group in the recall involves 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu, 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, 2005-2010 Pontiac G6 and 2007-2010 Saturn Aura models. GM says their brake-lamp wiring harness has to be modified.

GM says corrosion causes the brake-light fault, which also can disable the cruise control, traction control, electronic stability control and panic braking assist feature.

The automaker says it knows of several hundred complaints, 13 crashes and two injuries, but no fatalities as a result of the condition. The company issued a technical service bulletin concerning the problem in 2008, and recalled a small group of 2005 model-year cars in January 2009.

Other details:

The Corvette recall is because the low-beam headlights can quit working. Models from 2008-2013 with the same flaw will be covered under what GM calls a customer satisfaction program.

GM knows of several hundred complaints as result of the condition but no crashes, injuries or fatalities.

The Cadillac CTS has a potential fault that can cause the windshield wiper system to quit working after a jump start when the wipers have been left on but are restricted, such as by ice and snow. Dealers will replace the wiper module free of charge. GM is unaware of any crashes or injuries due to the condition.

"These announcements are examples of two ways we are putting that into practice," said Jeff Boyer, vice president of GM Global Vehicle Safety. "We have redoubled our efforts to expedite and resolve current reviews in process, and also have identified and analyzed recent vehicle issues which require action."

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