Over the past few days, General Motors has issued new recalls and clarified details about existing recalls that affect more than 500,000 vehicles around the globe. The company also issued a stop-sale for two pickups due to airbag flaws. Including the latter, GM has initiated some 75 recalls since the beginning of the year.
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RECALL #1: 2010-2015 Cadillac SRX, 2011-2012 Saab 9-4X
UNITS AFFECTED: 430,550 (290,107 in the U.S.)
This recall was issued September 17, but according to Detroit News, full details were just distributed last week. The rear toe link adjuster bolts on some of the vehicles included in this recall may not have been screwed on tight enough. If so, the bolt threads could be worn down, allowing the toe adjuster link to separate from the vehicle. GM says that three crashes and two injuries have been linked to the problem.
GM hasn't issued a timeline for this recall. When it begins, though, owners will be able to take their vehicles to local service centers, where new link assemblies will be installed, if necessary.
RECALL #2: 2013-2015 Chevrolet Spark & Chevrolet Spark EV
UNITS AFFECTED: 93,834 (89,294 in the U.S.)
Detroit News reports that this recall stems from a potential build-up of rust on the Spark's hood latch. That could prevent the latch from working as intended and allow the hood to open unexpectedly. GM knows of three such incidents that have happened in the U.K., though no accidents or injuries have been reported.
GM hasn't issued a timeline for this recall either. It appears that the company is waiting for the delivery of properly rust-proof parts, which will be used to replace the faulty latches on recalled vehicles. Until that time, GM won't allow any of the 2015 models included in the recall to be delivered to buyers.
STOP-SALE/RECALL #3: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon
UNITS AFFECTED: 2,200 (approx)
The latest GM recall involves a stop-sale for two pickups. GM says that the airbags on the 2015 Colorado and Canyon were improperly manufactured, and that wiring flaws can disrupt the deployment of the driver's side airbag during collisions. That, in turn, could significantly increase the possibility of injury during an accident.
The good news is that only about 50 of the estimated 2,200 vehicles included in the recall have been delivered to customers. All affected vehicles will receive a software update, which should fix the problem and allow sales to begin again. Repairs of trucks on dealer lots began over the weekend, and recall notices should go out to consumers shortly.
For a complete rundown of GM recalls since January 1 (with the exception of the Colorado/Canyon stop-sale mentioned above), check out GM's recall chart above.