General Motors Co., which has already called back almost 29 million vehicles in North America for various fixes this year, recalled almost 718,000 more Wednesday in the U.S., many of them recent models.
In the largest of six recalls, GM is calling back more than 414,000 vehicles, including Chevrolet Camaros, Buick Regals and LaCrosses from model years 2011-2012. It also flagged Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain and Cadillac SRX models from 2010-2012.
The bolt for seat-height adjustments may become loose or fall out, the company said in a e-mailed statement. The automaker said it knows of three injuries and no fatalities related to this action.
“These recalls signify how we’ve enhanced our approach to safety,” Jeff Boyer, vice president, global vehicle safety, said in the statement. “We are bringing greater rigor and discipline to our analysis and decision making. If we identify an issue – large or small – that might affect the safety of our customers, we will act decisively.”
The biggest U.S. automaker is stepping up the pace of recalls as it faces multiple investigations for its slowness in calling back 2.59 million small cars with ignition flaws linked to at least 13 deaths. Since that action began in February, the company has recalled other cars for similar issues, accounting for about 17 million of the fixes with more than 12 million of that number flagged in June alone.
In another recall announced Wednesday, GM called back 124,008 vehicles that include the 2014 Chevrolet Caprice, 2014 Chevrolet SS, and 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado LD and HD and 2014-2015 GMC Sierra LD and HD. These vehicles were recalled because a laser welding machine lost power between July 2013 and January 2014 and some seat hook brackets may have received an incomplete welding, GM said. No injuries or fatalities are related to this recall, GM said.
GM also recalled 120,426 vehicles, including 2011-2013 model year Buick Regals and 2013 model year Chevrolet Malibus for internal turn signal indicators that may not work, GM said. GM said it isn’t aware of any injuries or fatalities related to this recall.
About 57,000 model year 2014 Chevrolet Impalas equipped with belt-drive electric power steering were recalled because some cars may experience reduced or loss of power steering, GM said. The company said paint may have seeped behind the nut on the power steering control module. One crash is related to this condition but no injuries, GM said.
Almost 2,000 model year 2014-2015 Chevy Sparks were recalled because they were assembled with a lower control-arm bolt not fastened to specifications. GM said it isn’t aware of any injuries or fatalities related to this recall. And 22 model year 2015 Chevrolet and GMC large sport-utility vehicles were called back because their roof carriers may have been attached with the wrong retaining nuts. Eight of the vehicles are in dealer stock and will be repaired before being sold, GM said.
Before Wednesday, GM last announced recall actions on June 30 when it flagged 8.45 million vehicles, including Chevrolet Malibus from 1997 to 2005 and Cadillac CTS cars from the 2003 to 2014 model years for unintended key rotation. On June 16, the Detroit-based company called in 3.36 million, including some Chevrolet Impalas, because their ignitions could slip out of the “run” position. The automaker recalled more than 500,000 Chevrolet Camaros on June 13 for a similar design defect.
GM has surpassed the record for U.S. safety fixes by an automaker in a calendar year with 25.7 million vehicles recalled before Wednesday, eclipsing Ford Motor Co.’s single-year record of 23.3 million in 2001. By comparison, automakers are projected to sell 16.1 million new cars and trucks industrywide this year, according to the average of analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Before Wednesday, the company had recalled 28.97 million vehicles in North America this year.