General Motors announced today a trio of recalls totaling 1.5 million vehicles in the U.S. Although the problems are all unrelated to the widely publicized ignition switch flaw that affects 1.4 million older vehicles, the timing of the announcement comes as the earlier GM recall remains in headlines.
In a statement, GM CEO Mary Barra noted that she has asked the automaker’s teams to be more proactive in alerting consumers to potential safety defects and recalls. That comes after reports that GM may have known about the defective ignition switches as far back as 2001.
“I asked our team to redouble our efforts on our pending product reviews, bring them forward and resolve them quickly,” Barra said in a statement. “We are conducting an intense review of our internal processes and will have more developments to announce as we move forward.”
The high number of vehicles involved in this and the ignition recalls means GM will take a big financial hit in the first quarter. The automaker said today it expects a $300 million charge to cut into first-quarter profits.
2009-2014 GMC Savana, Chevrolet Express with GVWR under 10,000 pounds
The Problem: In vans with gross vehicle weight ratings below 10,000 pounds, the GMC Savana and Chevrolet Express don’t meet government requirements for protecting unbelted passengers. That means passengers not wearing seatbelts could sustain more serious injuries in a crash.
The Fix: GM will modify the passenger-side instrument panel for better occupant protection, but the company doesn’t yet have enough parts to start the recall. Vans that have not been sold yet will be modified before they are sold.
2013-2014 Cadillac XTS
The Problem: A problem with the brake booster pump could allow a wiring harness plug to come loose, potentially allowing “corrosive elements” inside the connector. That could cause a short circuit and, potentially, a fire. GM says it has reports of two Cadillac XTS sedans that suffered engine fires from this problem, and another two cars in which electrical components had melted.
The Fix: GM will seal the wiring harness plugs, modify a vacuum hose, and replace wiring harnesses, if necessary, on all affected vehicles.
Number Of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 63,903 2013-2014 Cadillac XTS sedans.
2008-2013 Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, 2009-2013 Chevrolet Traverse, 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook
The Problem: Corrosion or faulty wiring crimp connectors in the airbag harnesses for these crossovers could create excessive resistance, which would illuminate the airbag warning light. In more extreme cases, the increased resistance would prevent the side airbags, optional center airbag, or seatbelt pretensioners from working in a crash.
The Fix: GM will inspect the vehicles’ wiring harnesses and “splice and solder” the wires for a more secure electrical connection.