General Motors is playing the recall song again. Yesterday, the automaker announced six more recalls affecting another 7.6 million cars in the U.S. from the 1997 to 2014 model years.
Two of the recalls are associated with the ignition switch problem that has been the focus of car recalls for the last several months.
Among the recalled cars in this latest group, GM says it knows of seven crashes, eight injuries and three deaths, though there is no conclusive evidence that the safety reason for the car recall caused the accidents.
The first of these car recalls affects 6.8 million cars -- 1997 to 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, 1998 to 2002 Oldsmobile Intigue, 1999 to 2004 Oldsmobile Alero, 1999 to 2005 Pontiac Grand Am, 2000 to 2005 Chevrolet Impala and Monte Carlo, and the 2004 to 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix.
The 2004 to 2006 Cadillac SRX and 2013 to 2014 Cadillac CTS are the focus of the second car recall for this issue, affecting 554,328 cars. For the recalls associated with unintended ignition key rotation, GM is advising customers to use only the vehicle key in the ignition, removing all other keys and the key ring.
The remaining four recalls issued in this latest spate are for other safety issues. There are 181,984 Buick Rainiers, Chevrolet Trailblazers, GMC Envoys, Isuzu Ascenders, Saab 9-7x from the 2005 to 2007 model years and the 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL are being recalled for a possible electrical short that could cause overheating in the module inside the driver's door.
Another 9,371 Chevrolet Silverado HDs and GMC Sierra HDs from the 2007 to 2011 model years that are equipped with an auxiliary battery are being recalled for a possible electrical overload. And, 2,990 cars equipped with an engine block heater may have a problem with the power cord, so recalls are being issued for some 2011 to 2014 Chevrolet Cruzes (shown here); 2012 to 2014 Chevrolet Sonics; 2013 to 2014 Chevrolet Trax/Buick Encore/Buick Verano models.
Finally, 106 Chevrolet Camaros and Impalas, Buick Regals and Cadillac XTSs from the 2014 model year are being recalled for a possible problem with a joint fastener.
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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.