The recall woes for General Motors grow. The automaker announced five more recalls earlier this week involving about 2.7 million of its cars. These car recalls come on the heels of an ignition switch recall that affected 1.3 million cars.
This latest spate of car recalls is the result of GM reviewing current issues under investigation and responding promptly to those that require action in the wake of criticism that it didn't respond quickly enough to the previous problem that resulted in a recall. Jeff Boyer, vice president of GM Global Safety, described the current process as a redoubling of efforts and said, "These are examples of our focus to surface issues quickly and promptly take necessary actions in the best interest of our customers."
The largest car recall affects 2,440,524 passenger cars including, 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu (shown here), 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, 2005-2010 Pontiac G6 and 2007-2010 Saturn Aura models for a problem with the brake lamp wiring harness that could cause the brakes not to illuminate when the pedal is depressed or to illuminate when the brakes are not engaged. This car safety problem could also cause the cruise control, traction control, electronic stability control and the panic braking systems to become disabled.
Also under recall are 111,889 Chevrolet Corvettes from the 2005-2007 model year for a problem with the operation of the low-beam headlights, while Corvettes from the 2008-2013 model years will be covered under a Customer Satisfaction Program for the same issue.
The third recall is for 2014 Chevrolet Malibu cars with the 2.5-liter engine and start/stop technology due to a brake problem that can cause greater brake pedal pressure and extended stopping distances, with 140,067 cars affected.
The fourth recall is for 19,225 Cadillac CTS cars from the 2013-2014 model years for a potential problem with the operation of the windshield wipers when they are restricted by ice or snow and after the car has been jump started.
Finally, a small number (477) of 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups and Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs are being recalled for a possible problem with tie rod attachment that may not be tight enough and could cause it to separate from the steering rack, resulting in a crash. GM is advising these customers to have the vehicles taken by flatbed truck to a dealer to be inspected and repaired if necessary.
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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.