General Motors is now recalling almost 300,000 vehicles from five separate recalls, adding yet again to an overflowing pile of safety recalls following the company’s well-publicized ignition switch scandal. The latest recall flurry affects 2002-2004 Saturn VUE crossovers, 2013 Cadillac ATS sedan, 2013 Buick Encore compact crossovers, 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala sedans, 2009-2010 Chevrolet Aveo and 2009 Pontiac G3 vehicles, and 2014 Chevrolet Spark subcompacts. Volkswagen is also recalling 2009-2014 Tiguan crossovers. Read more details on each recall below.
2002-2004 Saturn Vue
The Problem: GM is recalling 2002-2004 Saturn VUE crossovers because it’s possible to remove the key from the vehicle with the ignition switch still in the ON position. GM is advising Vue drivers to make sure the transmission is set to Park before leaving the car, or in the case of a Vue will a manual gearbox, that the car is in reverse the parking brake is set.
The Fix: Dealers are instructed to see if the vehicle is susceptible to the key removal problem or key binding. If necessary, the dealer will replace the ignition cylinder and vehicle keys for free.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: The recall concerns 202,115 Saturn Vue models from 2002-2004 model years. GM is currently aware of two crashes and one injury that could be related to this malfunction.
2013 Cadillac ATS and 2013 Buick Encore
The Problem: Malfunctioning seatbelt pretensioner cables for the front outboard lap belts will retract properly to tighten the seatbelt, but the cables might not lock. As a result the belt will return to its original length, reducing the effectiveness of the seatbelt in the event of a crash.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the seatbelt cables if necessary, at no cost to the vehicle owner. GM has also placed a stop-sale on all potentially affected vehicles until inspection and repairs are complete. The malfunction was discovered during crash testing.
2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala
The Problem: In the event of a rear-end crash affecting some Impala LT and LTZ models, the front center console compartment door may open as a result of a faulty latch.
The Fix: Federal safety standards mandate that the compartments must remain closed, and as such General Motors will replace the console door inertia latch to comply with regulations. A stop-sale is in effect until repairs are complete.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 14,940 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala models. GM is unaware of any injuries related to the faulty console latches.
2009-2010 Chevrolet Aveo and 2009 Pontiac G3
The Problem: Although it was initially classified as a Customer Satisfaction Program issue in 2012 (there was a recall issued in international markets), potentially reduced braking performance and longer pedal travel as a result of a brake fluid issue is now being upgraded to a safety recall. The brake fluid does not prevent corrosion on the ABS system module as it should, preventing a valve from properly closing.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect and if necessary replace the module if it is corroded. The brake fluid will also be changed and a list of recommended brake fluid will also be provided.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 1968 2009-2010 Chevrolet Aveo and 2009 Pontiac G3 units will be recalled. These cars represent the remainder of the original 5700 vehicles not fixed under the original 2012 Customer Satisfaction Program.
2014 Chevrolet Spark
The Problem: Control arm bolts at the left and right lower control arm may not be tight enough in the 2014 Chevrolet Spark. If the bolts separate as a result of not being tightened properly, the lower control arm could potentially separate from the steering knuckle, causing steering loss.
The Fix: Owners are being told to immediately stop driving their vehicles until the vehicle is repaired. Owners can call a dealer and make arrangements for the car to be picked up and shipped back to the dealership, where technicians will check and if necessary tighten the control arm bolts to the proper specification.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 1919 2014 Chevrolet Spark vehicles. No injuries or accidents have been reported in relation to this safety recall.
2009-2014 Volkswagen Tiguan
The Problem: There is a chance that bubbles could form in the fuel system, reducing electrical current flow in the fuel pump, causing the vehicle to stall. The bubbles can form when winterized fuel with high vapor pressures is used in warmer conditions, when the engine is restarted before it has fully cooled.
The Fix: Volkswagen dealers will update the vehicle’s engine computer software to increase fuel pump pressure, preventing an engine stall.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 151,389 vehicles 2009-2014 Volkswagen Tiguan crossovers built between July 2007 and June 2014.