Though General Motors’ 2014 recalls already involve millions of automobiles, the number is growing at a mind-boggling pace. GM announced March 28 that it was adding another 971,000 vehicles to its massive ignition switch recall, which pushes that recall to over 2.5 million cars. In addition, GM issued separate recalls for high-profile products such as the 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 and new electric Cadillac ELR. According to The Detroit News, these recalls involve nearly 500,000 automobiles.
It takes calculations of seven figures to gather in the explosion of recalls GM has announced in the early part of 2014. The most high-profile recall involves the defect related to a faulty ignition switch affecting the Chevy Cobalt, Saturn Sky, Saturn Ion, Pontiac Solstice, Pontiac G5, and Chevy HHR through the 2007 model year. About 1.7 million vehicles worldwide had this ignition switch installed. GM’s move on March 29 came as questions arose regarding the replacement switches for vehicles that had repairs made over the years.
Following a Reuters report that suggested faulty ignition switches could have been sold by aftermarket dealers, GM responded by announcing it would recall all models of the vehicles in question to avoid any further tragedies. At least twelve deaths have been linked to the ignition switch issue many claim GM knew about over a decade ago but ignored. General Motors CEO Mary Barra intimated the difficulty in locating the vehicles with defective parts would have proved impossible.
“Trying to locate several thousand switches in a population of 2.2 million vehicles and distributed to thousands of retailers isn’t practical,” Barra said in a GM company statement. “We are going to provide our customers with the peace of mind they deserve and expect by getting the new switches into all the vehicles.”
As GM rounded up the 824,000 vehicles in the U.S. and nearly 150,000 automobiles overseas that possibly had the ignition switch installed, the automaker was forced to announce other recalls that made the 2014 totals balloon once again.
According to The Detroit News, the latest swath of recalls involves the star 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 pickup, the 2014 GMC Sierra, and the 2015 models of the GMC Yukon, Chevy Suburban and Tahoe. This recall comes on the heels of a fire that broke out in a Yukon in California in the third week of March. About 700 of the high-profile but light-selling Cadillac ELR, the brand’s first electric vehicle, will also be recalled by GM for an issue with adaptive cruise control.
Finally, GM announced it would recall about 200,000 models of the Chevy Cruze after it told dealers to stop selling the turbocharged version of the popular car. As Barra gets set to testify before Congress on April 1, lawmakers may have to expand their list of questions for GM’s chief executive.
GM has launched a website that deals specifically with the ignition switch recall.