Like Toyota after its unintended acceleration recall and debacle, General Motors is taking no risks with safety following its 2.59 million-unit recall that has been linked to 13 deaths and 30-plus accidents. The company is leaning on the recall switch at the smallest hint of trouble to avoid a situation in which an easily repairable problem again balloons out of proportion.
On Friday, the company announced that it was recalling 50,571 Cadillac SRX crossover utility vehicles, all from the 2013 model year and packing the 3.6 liter V6, because the transmission control module programming could potentially cause a three- or four-second lag in acceleration at low speeds, Autoblog reports.
The publication, quoting a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said that “if the following sequence occurs within two seconds: during an upshift from first to second gear (8-10 mph), the driver then brakes the vehicle to less than 5 mph, and then accelerates again,” the lag can occur.
Fortunately, General Motors says it’s not aware of any crashes as a result of the problem. Automotive News reports that the problem is present in 56,400 vehicles worldwide and that the repair is relatively simple, consisting of a transmission control module (TCM) reflash.
Separately, General Motors is bringing in 51 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickups — yes, 51 of them — from the 2015 model year, specifically ones equipped with diesel engines and dual fuel tanks. Reportedly, the nuts that connect the fuel pipe to each side of the transfer pump between the tanks may be improperly torqued, which could cause a fuel leak, leading to a potential fire hazard.
To repair this issue, techs will simply need to tighten down the bolts. “Only 21 of the trucks are in customer possession, and they can be fixed anytime because there are no parts involved. The others are being fixed at dealerships,” Alan Adler, a spokesman for GM, told Autoblog in an email. He added that no fires have occurred as a result — at least, that the company is aware of.
The large and infamous ignition switch recall and the effort that went into concealing it for more than 10 years has ushered in a new demand for transparency from consumers, and it has put large automakers on high alert to ensure nothing like it happens again. This means we can likely expect more recalls similar to these two from most of the major automakers, which now have a hair-trigger on the recall button to avoid losing control over the situation.