General Motors will recall another 7.3 million cars for faulty ignition switches that can turn off accidentally when driving. GM has already recalled millions of cars this year for the same problem, which the company calls, "unintended key rotation," but this time it affects a different group of vehicles.
The following vehicles are subject to the new GM ignition switch recall: the 1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu, the 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue, the 1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero, the 1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am, the 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala and Monte Carlo, and the 2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix. That's a total of 6.8 million cars sold in the U.S. In addition, GM will recall 554,328 units of the 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS and 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX for the same problem.
GM said the older cars in the 6.8 million-car recall are involved in at least seven reported crashes, eight injuries, and three deaths. However, GM says, "There is no conclusive evidence that the defect condition caused those crashes."
As a result of this and other new recalls, GM says it will take a $1.2 billion charge in its second-quarter financial results. Prior to today's recall announcement, GM said that this year's recall actions would cost it $700 million for the quarter.
In addition, GM today announced four other recall actions:
2011-2014 Chevrolet Cruze, 2012-2014 Chevrolet Sonic, 2013-2014 Chevrolet Trax, 2013-2014 Buick Encore, 2013-2014 Buick Verano
The Problem: The insulation on the power cord for the engine block heater could fail if used in cold weather.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 2990 cars.
2014 Chevrolet Camaro and Impala, 2014 Buick Regal, 2014 Cadillac XTS
The Problem: A "Superhold" joint may not have been adequately torqued during production, meaning it could fail prematurely.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 106 cars.
2007-2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Sierra HD with auxiliary battery
The Problem: If the electrical system is overloaded, the underhood fusible link could smoke or catch fire, potentially damaging other electrical covers or wiring harnesses.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 9371 trucks.
2005-2007 Buick Rainier, Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender, Saab 9-7x; 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT, GMC Envoy XL
The Problem: An electrical short in the driver's door could disable the power door locks and power windows, and potentially overheat the door control module.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 181,984 SUVs.