Now it's time for your General Motors recall of the week. And it's only Tuesday, too! This week's recall includes another 2.4 million cars and SUVs being called in to fix a variety of potential safety issues.
GM today announced that as part of their continued effort to address safety issues, they're recalling Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook, Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6, Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Silverado HD and GM Sierra HD from various years for the following reasons:
- 1,339,355 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia full-size crossovers from the 2009-2014 model years and Saturn Outlooks from 2009-2010 because front safety lap belt cables can fatigue and separate over time. In a crash, a separated cable could increase the risk of injury to front seat passengers.
- 1,075,102 of the previous generation 4-speed automatic transmission Chevrolet Malibu and from the 2004-2008 model years and Pontiac G6 from the 2005-2008 model years because of a shift cable that could wear out over time, resulting in mismatches of the gear position indicated by the shift lever.
- 1,402 Cadillac Escalades and Escalade ESVs from the 2015 model year because an insufficiently heated plastic weld that attaches the passenger side air bag to the instrument panel assembly could result in a partial deployment of the air bag in the event of a crash.
- 58 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD full-size pickups from the 2015 model year because retention clips attaching the generator fuse block to the vehicle body can become loose and lead to a potential fire.
GM says there have been no deaths linked to any of these issues.
In light of this latest recall, GM says they expect to take a loss of $400 million this quarter, up from $200 million last week. By my count, this brings the total number of recalled cars in 2014 up to 13 million.
Once again, I'll say that recalls aren't a bad thing necessarily, and it's good that they're getting these cars fixed and addressing their safety flaws. It's better than hiding the problem, which is what happened with the ignition switch fiasco.
We will update you on any other GM recalls that might be issued this week, or in a few hours.