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GM To Recall 1.5 Million Vehicles in U.S. for Trio of Defects


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Just the Facts:
  • General Motors announced the recall of 1.5 million vehicles in the U.S. in three separate actions, as it adjusts its handling of recalls under strict new orders from GM CEO Mary Barra.
  • Included in the new recalls are 63,900 2013-'14 Cadillac XTS sedans to fix a problem with brake booster corrosion that has led to two engine compartment fires and two cases of melted components.
  • GM will also recall 1.18 million crossovers, including the 2008-'13 Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia for a wiring harness problem that may result in the non-deployment of the "side impact restraints," including the side airbags.

DETROIT General Motors announced the recall of 1.5 million vehicles in the U.S. in three separate actions, as it adjusts its handling of recalls under strict new orders from GM CEO Mary Barra.

The automaker is recalling a total of 1.75 million vehicles worldwide and expects to take a $300 million charge to cover the cost of repairs in these three new recalls and the recent recall of its small cars for an ignition-switch problem.

"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 posted on the GM Web site.

The Detroit automaker has come under fire in recent weeks for its slow handling of an ignition-switch problem in its small cars.

Included in the new recalls are 63,900 2013-'14 Cadillac XTS sedans to fix a problem with brake booster corrosion that has led to two engine compartment fires and two cases of melted components.

"In the XTS, a brake booster pump can create positive pressure within the wiring harness attached to the pump relay," said GM in a statement. "This pressure can lead to the dislodging of a plug in the brake booster pump relay, allowing corrosive elements to enter the connector and form a low-resistance short that could lead to overheating, melting of plastic components and a possible engine compartment fire."

GM spokesman Jim Cain said in a phone conversation with Edmunds there are two warranty claims and no injuries linked to the XTS recall.

GM will also recall 1.18 million crossovers, including the 2008-'13 Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia for a wiring harness problem that may result in the non-deployment of the "side impact restraints," including the side airbags. This recall also includes the 2009-'13 Chevrolet Traverse and 2008-'10 Saturn Outlook.

"The vehicles are equipped with a Service Air Bag warning light in the driver information center," said GM in a statement. "Ignoring the Service Air Bag warning light will eventually result in the non-deployment of the side impact restraints, which include driver and passenger seat-mounted side airbags, front center airbag (if equipped) and the seatbelt pretensioners."

Cain said the automaker is "not aware of injuries or airbags not deploying" in the crossover recall.

GM will also recall 303,000 2009-'14 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans after GM engineers discovered that the vehicles do not meet federal head impact standards for unbelted occupants. Regarding this recall, Cain said he did not have any information about injuries.

"Unsold vehicles have been placed on a stop delivery until development of the solution has been completed and parts are available," GM said in a statement.

Cain said that all three new recalls start today and that "customer letters will happen fairly quickly."

There are no parts required to fix the Cadillac XTS or the GM crossover vehicles.

GM dealers will remove the driver and passenger side airbag wiring harness connectors and splice and solder the wires together to repair the Enclave, Traverse, Acadia and Outlook.

Cadillac dealers will reseat two plugs to fix the XTS.

Cain said GM is in the process of validating a field repair for the Savana and Express vans. He advised owners to "make sure passengers are buckled" in the meantime.

Owners can contact Cadillac at 1-800-458-8006; Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020; Buick at 1-800-521-7300 and GMC at 1-800-521-8782.

As of early Monday afternoon, no information about the new GM recalls had been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S.

Edmunds says: GM is advising any consumers affected by these recalls to get in touch with their dealer for more information. Dealers received information from GM about how to handle the recalls today.

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