The latest round of recalls covers four separate issues:
- In 2009-2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia models, as well as 2009-2010 Saturn Outlook models, the front safety lap-belt cables can separate, potentially increasing the risk of injury. Nearly 1.4 million vehicles are affected by this recall.
- In 2004-2008 Chevrolet Malibu models, as well as the 2005-2008 Pontiac G6—over a million vehicles in all—a shift cable could wear out, causing a potential mismatch with the indicated gear.
- In 2015 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV SUVs, a plastic weld that attaches the passenger airbag to the instrument-panel assembly might not have been properly heated, possibly resulting in only a partial deployment.
- In 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD and 2015 GMC Sierra HD models, retention clips that attach the generator fuse block to the vehicle body could become loose, potentially resulting in a fire. This issue only affects 58 vehicles, all models with the 220-amp generator.
The Escalade issue has prompted GM to issue a stop-sale order; and the automaker has notified 224 customers who have already taken delivery. GM also has requested that dealers not sell models, new or used, that are affected by the seatbelt issue until vehicles are repaired.
GM says that there have been no fatalities associated with any of these recalls—although there have been 18 crashes and one injury with the Malibu and G6 issue, which pertains to models with the four-speed automatic transmission.
These recalls are only the latest in a series of recalls affecting millions of vehicles. GM's ignition-switch-related recalls now affect 2.6 million vehicles, while last week alone the automaker recalled about three million vehicles.
With the announcement—now bringing its total number of announced recalls to 29 so far this year—GM confirmed that it will take a total recall-related charge of up to $400 million in the second quarter (double what had been previously announced) to cover the cost of recall-related repairs announced in the first quarter. That's in addition to the $1.3 billion charge the automaker took in the first quarter of the year to cover recall expenses.
Head to SaferCar.gov for more information on these recalls, or call 800-222-1020 to check with GM on whether your vehicle is affected.