The parade of General Motors recalls continues to march on, with the company recalling an additional 2.42 million cars yesterday and another 218,000 today.
While some find the recalls, which now amount to about 14 million cars and trucks in the U.S., alarming, the latest spate of car recalls leaves GM simply responding quickly to every car safety concern on the heels of a $35 million fine handed down by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a long list of oversight requirements associated with it.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said that the fine and oversight requirements puts "all manufacturers on notice that they will be held accountable if they fail to quickly report and address safety-related defects. While we will continue to aggressively monitor GM's efforts in this case, we also urge Congress to support our GROW AMERICA Act, which would increase the penalties we could levy in cases like this from $35 million to $300 million, sending an even stronger message that delays will not be tolerated."
The latest car recalls include:
- 2009-2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia crossovers as well as 2009-2010 Saturn Outlooks, a total of 1,339,355 cars, for a front seat-belt problem that could fatigue and separate.
- More 2004-2008 Chevrolet Malibu models and 2005-2008 Pontiac G6 cars, totaling 1,075,102 vehicles, added to a previously announced recall for a problem with the sift cable that could result in a mismatch of the gear with the lever indicator.
- 2015 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESVs (1,402 SUVs) for a passenger-side air-bag problem that could result in only partial deployment.
- 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD models (58 pickup trucks) for a problem that could result in a fire.
- 2004-2008 Chevrolet Aveo cars equipped with daytime running lights (218,000 cars total) for a problem with the daytime running lights that could cause a fire.
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Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.