GM issues four recalls, including pick-up trucks Silverado and Sierra
General Motors finds itself back in the eye of the storm, post the findings of the Anton Valukas report divulged in a press release on June 5, 2014. The details of the investigation conducted by the former U.S Attorney dwell upon the ignition switch problem that prevented the deployment of airbags in some of GM's vehicles causing a slew of recalls from the American manufacturer.
In a recent media interaction at Detroit, GM CEO Mary Barra revealed that based on the conclusions made from the report, the company is taking definitive actions to avoid incident of such defects in future vehicles. Barra further went on to add that the carmaker will be taking an "aggressive approach on recalls".
In the same direction, the company has now issued three safety recalls, involving mostly airbag-related problems and a non-compliance recall. 31,520 units of 2012 Buick Verano and Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze and Sonic compact cars have been recalled due to a shorting bar that keeps the car in contact with the airbag terminals, even during a crash, thus preventing the airbag from deploying. Further, 61 units of the 2013-2014 Chevrolet Spark and the 2013 Buick Encores manufactured in Changwon, Korea have been recalled as they are suspected to have a condition that separates the airbag end cap from the inflator.
The sensing and diagnostic modules of 33 units of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvettes in the U.S are suspected to have an internal short-circuit that could disable frontal air bags, safety belt pretensioners and the Automatic Occupancy Sensing module.
Chevy trucks including the 2014 Silverado LD, the 2014 Sierra LD, the 2015 Silverado HD, Tahoe and Suburban and the 2015 GMC Sierra HD are expected to have defective base radios. This prevents the emission of the audible warning signal to indicate key-in-ignition when the car door is opened or to remind the driver to buckle seatbelt. 57,512 units that include the Yukon and Yukon XL models have been recalled, as the defect renders these vehicles non- compliant with motor vehicle safety standards.
The customers will receive letters from GM letting them know when they can bring their vehicles into a dealership, where all repairs will be performed free of charge and courtesy transportation would be provided as needed.
Towards the end of the press release called the 'ignition switch recall update', Barra concluded that while "the problem isn't a fair reflection of the company as a whole", the measures taken are expected to help GM "excel, change behaviours" and return focus on "quality and safety".
GM Announces Four Recalls
|GM Announces Four Recalls DETROIT General Motors today announced three safety recalls and one non-compliance recall, all of which were reported to the NHTSA on Thursday, June 5, 2014. In all cases, customers will receive letters from GM letting them know when they can bring their vehicles into a dealership, where all repairs will be performed free of charge and courtesy transportation would be provided as needed. GM is recalling: 57,512 model year 2014 Chevrolet Silverado LD, 2014 GMC Sierra LD and model year 2015 Silverado HD, Tahoe and Suburban and 2015 GMC Sierra HD and Yukon and Yukon XL models because the base radio may not work, preventing audible warnings if the key is in the ignition when the driver's door is opened. Nor would there be an audible chime if a front seat belt is not buckled. If they had this condition, the trucks would be out of compliance with motor vehicle safety standards covering theft protection, rollaway protection and occupant crash protection. Dealers will reprogram the radio control module free of charge. GM is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to this condition. 31,520 model year 2012 Buick Verano and Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze and Sonic compact cars for a defect in which the shorting bar inside the dual stage driver's air bag may occasionally contact the air bag terminals. If contact occurs, the air bag warning light will illuminate. If the car and terminals are contacting each other in a crash, the air bag will not deploy. Dealers will replace the steering wheel air bag coil, which will eliminate contact any between the shorting bar and the air bag terminals. Repairs will be performed free of charge. GM is aware of one crash with an injury where the relevant diagnostic trouble code was found at the time the vehicle was repaired. The company is aware of other crashes where air bags did not deploy but it is not known if they were related to this condition. GM conducted two previous recalls for this condition involving 7,116 of these vehicles with no confirmed crashes in which this issue was involved. 61 model year 2013-2014 Chevrolet Spark and 2013 model year Buick Encores manufactured in Changwon, Korea from Dec. 30, 2012 through May 8, 2013 because the vehicles may have a condition in which the front passenger airbag end cap could separate from the airbag inflator. In a crash, this may prevent the passenger airbag from deploying properly. GM is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to this condition 33 model year 2014 Chevrolet Corvettes in the U.S. because an internal short-circuit in the sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) could disable frontal air bags, safety belt pretensioners and the Automatic Occupancy Sensing module. GM dealers will replace the SDM on the affected vehicles. GM is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to the condition.|
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