As if it didn’t have enough recall trouble already, General Motors is recalling another 1.5 million vehicles here in the U.S. — fortunately, for different issues that are unrelated to the company’s 1.6 million vehicle recall regarding the ignition cylinder that has the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the House of Representatives, and everyone in between involved.
This time around, there are three separate recalls that add up to the 1.5 million vehicle total (it’s actually 1.76 million vehicles globally). General Motors is reeling in 303,000 models of the 2009-2014 model year Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size cargo vans in order to rework the material that was used in the instrument panels to satisfy U.S. crash standards, which are meant to help protect unbelted passengers, Automotive News is reporting. GM has stopped delivery of the vans until “the solution has been completed and parts are available.”
Following up are 63,900 2013-2014 Cadillac XTS sedans in order to address an issue with brake booster corrosion that can result in overheating. Though no injuries or deaths have been reported, General Motors said that two vehicle fires are believed to have been caused by the problem.
The remaining 1.18 million vehicles are made up of the 2008-2013 model years Buick Enclave, the GMC Acadia of the same span, the 2009 to 2013 Chevrolet Traverse, and 2008 to 2010 Saturn Outlook. These vehicles — which share many similar underpinnings — were called in to address a wiring harness for the seat-mounted side airbags, which can get pinched and thus turn on a warning light in the dashboard. General Motors warns that ignoring the warning “will eventually result in the non-deployment of the side impact restraints,” including side airbags.
“We are conducting an intense review of our internal processes,” said CEO Mary Barra said, “and will have more developments to announce as we move forward.”
GM is also juggling its now widely publicized ignition recall, which was made worse by the time it took for the company to respond. Barra said in a video posted to the automaker’s website that the company producing the replacement ignition parts is adding a second production line in order double the parts’ availability and address the issue faster.
“Something went wrong with our [recall] process in this instance,” she said in the video, “and terrible things happened.” She said that a team of fifty people have been tasked at GM’s call center with receiving calls exclusively pertaining to the recall.